Living by The Power of God’s Spirit

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This chapter explains about the big hand of our heavenly Father when He says, “There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (v.1). He does not mean that Christians do not suffer various consequences because of their sin, but they do not suffer condemnation. Paul points out three things the Law cannot do to a Christian:

  1. It cannot claim you (v. 2). You now have life in the Spirit, and the Law no longer has any jurisdiction over you.
  2. It cannot condemn you (v. 3). The law of double jeopardy states that a man cannot be tried twice for the same crime. Since Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sins, God will not bring you to trial again.
  3. It cannot control you (v. 4). The indwelling Holy Spirit is the one who enables you to walk in obedience to God’s will (Philippians 2:13). When D.L. Moody described his conversion experience, he said: “I was in a new world. The next morning the sun shone brighter and the birds sang sweeter ... the trees waved their branches for joy, and all nature was at peace.”

Paul is drawing a contrast between two kinds of life (vv. 5-11). (1) There is the life that is dominated by a sinful human nature, whose focus is self and its own desires. It may be passion-controlled, lust controlled, pride controlled or ambition controlled. (2) There is a life that is dominated by the Spirit of God. This person has no mind of his own; Christ is his mind. This person has no desires of his own; only the will of God. These two lives are going in opposite directions.

Application

In every perplexing situation I must ask, “What would Jesus want me to do?” When the Holy Spirit points out what is right, I need to do it quickly and eagerly.

Romans 8:1-11 (English Standard Version)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

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