Romans 8

1 Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.

I sincerely do not know where to begin.

God help me know truth, love truth and speak truth in the midst of deceit. Amen.

Deceit began in my heart, the moment I thought I could do ANYTHING without Christ. I don’t know about you all, but sometimes I find that I don’t need to bother God every 5 seconds, like I have good enough sense from Him, I can use it when I need to…for the little things, at least. The problem is I have a false perception of what is “little”. Anger, forgiveness, cursing, sex, fear, belief, confidence, ….these are BIG things that I have diluted to a diminutive status, so much so that I forget I need to stand next to God, praying at all times for HIS strength to help me, to enable me for success.

I am led to the purpose of this post and that is we have a Helper. The Holy Spirit of God was sent to live inside of every believer to TEACH us and REMIND us of all things. (John 14:26) We left off the last post with Paul and I crying out who will save us from this body, [our flesh that continually disappoints], and we found our answer in Jesus Christ.

In the next couple of posts I want to explore, further, what it means to live our lives THROUGH the Spirit of the living God; How God can enable, facilitate and permit our success before Him; and How we can successfully fight for our new identities in Him and live lives of righteousness before God. He is our Champion.

Before I begin, please read Romans 8:1-15.

You betta had read it! (I just got real country on you, I know, but I’m serious! Read the word first!)

In chapter 7 we were at conflict and confusion about our continual failings before God. We learned that the law of God in the Old Testament, the one Moses received on Mt. Sinai, while it was just and holy, was ineffective in that no one could keep it!!! The old law did not prevent sin it just revealed it!! (For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.) [Romans 8:3] It guided, taught and told us about God’s character and what He wanted from us, but it gave us no energy/power to live it out.

Paul begins, Therefore, as in because of the things I’ve said in chapter 7, we now have NO CONDEMNATION (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus. Why? For what? What you mean PAUL!

BECAUSSSSSSEEEEE  THROUGH, (at the hand of, in the name of, supported by, with the assistance of), JESUS CHRIST and the Law of the Spirit I AM MADE FREE FROM the old law of Sin and Death.

***For clarification purposes, the old law was NOT SIN AND DEATH, but brought about sin and death for those who tried to keep it THROUGH (at the hand of, in the  name of, supported by, with the assistance of) THEMSELVES. YOU gon’ learn TODAY! God wants us totally dependent on Him.

What am I really free from?!

  1. Guilt of Sin (vs.1)
    1. Disgrace, Dishonor, Shame
    2.  Which leaves me head down, afraid to seek God for help, afraid for punishment, in CONSTANT FEAR…God is not about that life!
  2. Power of Sin (vs.2)
    1. Control, Dominance, Authorization, Command
    2. God sent His son to be a sin offering, He received the full fury of punishment deserved by a sinner, which we will NEVER RECEIVE because of what Christ did in OUR place.
    3. Those who believe this truth have Christ to thank, because His spirit is our new standard
    4. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice] vs.3

How is this even possible?!

God sent His son sooo that:

So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]. Vs.4

Jesus’ accomplishment is mine >GALATIANS 2:20. He fulfilled the righteous requirement of the law by living a SINLESS life, AND NOT ONLY THAT… He took on the punishment and death of the law, which was broken by us. He did that! BECAUSE WE ARE IN HIM (by our BELIEF/FAITH) AND HE LIVES IN US, WE GET THE CREDIT!

I am sorry but this is preposterous. What are you saaaaaaaying! Lol I don’t have to do anything, but believe in the Son of God and I get credit for the righteousness I didn’t earn, but receive freely by FAITH?! (James 2:23) #wheredeydothatat?! God is Good!

sideNOTE: vs. 4 says that this requirement is met in us who LIVE and MOVE [walk, pattern of our life] not in the ways of the flesh, but the spirit. Living and Moving entails that there is a course, a direction and a progression. It entails action. To do this in the spirit requires FAITH, a change of Lifestyle AND a change of mindset (which God will permit).

Yea, but How do I really live this?!

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

In this verse I have highlighted probably the most important advocate and stumbling block for all of us who are trying to walk this life, dictated by the spirit; the MIND. Constantly God informs us, through His word, that the mind is an important part of our faith.

  1. Stumbling block (Matthew 16:23)
  2. Decision maker (Luke 21:14)
  3. Avenue for doubt (Luke 24:38)
  4. Able to be transformed (Romans  12:2)
  5. Blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4)
  6. Led Astray (2 Corinthians 11:3)
  7. Corrupted  (Titus 1:15)
  8. Needs to be clear (1 Peter 4:7)

What does a clear, transformed, decision making mind do:?! FOLLOW the SPIRIT of CHRIST. In the next post I would like to explore what that looks like for you and I. This post is getting lengthy and I need ya’l to stay with me!