THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT

Rom 8:1-13

 

The law of the Spirit frees us from the law of the flesh and the law of sin described vividly in chapter 7.

 

In Chapter seven the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God gives us a description of the carnal man.

 

Rom 7:18

18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

 

When we operate in the flesh our actions are just as rotten as those of any lost person.

 

In the flesh we can do no good thing.

 

Romans chapters seven and eight must be read  together in order to get the full meaning and understanding of the Scripture.

 

In the flesh dwelleth no good thing.

 

Lets look at the works of the flesh:

 

Gal 5:19-21

19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The only way to experience the Spirit filled life commanded by God and to have the peace promised is to die to self.

 

Eph 5:18

18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

2 Cor 4:10-11

10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

11  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 

1 Cor 15:31

31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 

Paul was speaking of dying to self and allowing Christ to live in him.

 

Gal 2:20-21

20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

21  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

Mark 8:34-35

34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

 

John 12:25

25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

 

Rom 13:14

14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

Gal 5:16

16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

There are several reasons given in our Scripture tonight why we should live after the Spirit and not the flesh.

 

1. Vs 1. Walking after the flesh brings condemnation

 

2. Vs 3. Walking after the flesh makes it impossible to obey the law

 

3. Vs 2. Walking in the flesh means bondage to sin.

4. Vs 4. Walking after the flesh brings condemnation by the law

 

5. Vs 5. Walking in the flesh one can only mind the things of the flesh.

 

6. Vs 6. Walking in the flesh is death.

 

7. Vs 7. Walking in the flesh is enmity against God.

 

8. Vs 8. Walking in the flesh one cannot please God.

 

9. Vs 12. Walking in the flesh gives credit to that which it is not due.

10. Vs 13. Walking in the flesh brings physical death.

 

The Spirit of God dwells in each of us.

 

Rom 8:9

9    But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

 

Therefore, every believer must make the law of the Spirit operative in their life.

 

 

We can and must be Spirit filled Christians.

 

Eph 5:18

18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

To live a Spirit filled life is to allow Christ to live in us.

 

Gal 2:20

20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Phil 2:5

5    Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 

I. CHRIST CONDEMNS SIN (1-4)

 

1 Peter 2:24

24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 

2 Cor 5:21

21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

Gal 3:13

13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

 

Titus 2:14

14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Heb 7:27

27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

 

Heb 9:25-28

25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the

world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

Christ bare our sins in His body and paid the price for our sins when He died on Calvary’s tree.

 

Christ condemned sin and paid its penalty.

 

Condemned means to pronounce guilty.

 

When God sent His Son to died in our place, God the Father allowed Jesus to pay the penalty for the sin of all mankind.

 

II. CHRIST CONQUERS THE LAW OF SIN (vs 2, 5-6)

 

2 Cor 10:1-5

1    Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

2    But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

3    For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

4    (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

 

5    Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

Rom 8:2

2    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

We do have power over sin only in Christ.

 

We in our selves are no match for sin, but as we yield to the Holy Spirit we allow Christ to live in us and thereby, conquer the law of sin which works in our flesh.

 

So the Rescuer to Rom 7:24

 

Rom 7:24

24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

 

Is the Lord Jesus when we allow Him into our life.

 

1 John 4:4

4    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

The Holy Spirit will testify of Jesus.

John 15:26

26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Gal 5:1

1    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

III. CHRIST QUICKENS THE BODY (vs 9-11)

 

A. He has done it before

 

Christ was raised from the dead.

 

Acts 2:31-32

31  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

 

Acts 3:15

15  And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

 

Acts 4:33

33  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

 

Acts 10:40-41

40  Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

41  Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

1 Cor 15:3-8

3    For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4    And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

5    And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

6    After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7    After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

8    And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

 

B. He will do it again

 

2 Cor 4:14

14  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

 

Phil 3:21

21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

 

1Thes 4:16-18

16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

C. He can do it now

 

2 Cor 4:10-11

10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

11  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 

 

 

Rom 6:4

4    Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

Eph 2:1

1    And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

 

Eph 2:5-6

5    Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6    And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 

Col 2:12

12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

 

Col 3:1-3

1    If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2    Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

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