- Verses 1-4. What is the happy condition of those who are ‘in (union with) Christ Jesus’?
How has their deliverance been brought about, and what is God’s purpose in effecting it?
- Verses 5-17. Life according to the flesh, and life according to the Spirit, are contrasted here.
What is it that effects the change from one to the other?
How do we know that life in the Spirit carries with it also ultimate victory over death?
If this life is ours what is our present duty and why?
And what are our present privileges?
- What threefold ground of confidence does Paul give in verses 18-27 that the present time of suffering will issue in glory?
See verses 18-22, 23-25 and 26, 27, noting the words ‘ groan’ or ‘sighs’ . Cf. Exod. 2:23-25; Rom. 5:3-5.
- In verses 28-39 how many distinct reasons does Paul give for the Christian to rejoice, though everything in this world should seem against him?
Note. Verse 28. Cf. NEB: ‘in everything, as we know, he (the Spirit, verse 27) co-operates for good with those who love God.’ Cf. 1 Cor. 2:9.