We can live as people set free from the “law (power) of sin and death” (v. 2). (Hebrews 4:15), In addition to the various individuals stated in the foregoing material, some of the themes of this study were taken from the following authors/sources —, Copyright 2012 Donald W Ekstrand Tempe, AZ. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Instead of trying to overcome sin with human willpower, we must take hold of the tremendous power of Christ that is available to us - the Holy Spirit who lives in us and gives us the power to overcome (Romans 6:6-8; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:3-15). Romans Chapter 8 is designed to unlock the mystery and addresses the subject of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus and the difference Christ makes. Put to Death the Deeds of the Body by the Spirit (Rom 8:13), Many believers have actually come to the conclusion that “living a life of holiness” is really not a possibility, because they have entreated the Lord numerous times in an effort to overcome their sinful tendencies and the pull of the flesh… yet they never succeeded. New Living Translation And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. It is important for the believer to “consciously be mindful of the fact” that when he struggles to verbalize his feelings, the Holy Spirit intercedes on his behalf with those same seemingly convoluted groanings — so when he reaches this point, the believer needs to “affirm” the fact that his groanings are not nonsense to God, but are intelligible to Him and that He fully empathizes with them —realizing this is tremendously therapeutic and comforting to the mind and heart of the believer (Abba Father understands your groanings! 4. Try it for 30 days FREE. We will simply point out the crucial matters. The Old Testament tells us that “Enoch walked with God” (Gen 5:24)… “Noah walked with God” (Gen 6:9)… God told Abraham, “Walk blameless before Me” (Gen 17:1)… The Lord told Israel that He would establish them as a holy people to Himself “if they would walk in His ways (Deut 28:9)… the psalmist David said, “Teach me Thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in Thy truth” (Ps 86:11)… likewise the psalmist writes, “How bless are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord” (Ps 119:1)… God told Solomon, “Walk in My ways… as your father David walked” (1 Kg 3:14)… The Lord told His people, “Where the good way is, walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls” (Jer 6:16)… the Lord prophesied to His people, “I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes” (Ezek 36:27). Pray in the Spirit (8:26-27). Sixth Bible Class (Romans 8:1-39) III. God intends this life for every Christian. For the believer to somehow think that his inability to articulate his feelings to God, will result in making his prayers ineffective is an extremely troubling thought. If our minds are set on the things of the Spirit, we will indeed discover a life characterized by peace; if our minds are set on the flesh, we will experience hostility toward God (Rom 8:6-8). Furthermore, we prepare for temptation ahead of time through prayer, study of the Word, and growth in faith (Eph 6:10-20)… and we carefully avoid places and situations in which we are highly susceptible to temptation… and when we are tempted we call out to the Lord and stand firm (Eph 6:13-14) or flee (2 Tim 2:22)… and if we succumb to a temptation (which we will do over and over again), we don’t wallow in our sin, but immediately confess to the Lord that we have sinned, and promptly make restitution if need be, and actively begin to prepare for the next time we are tempted (thru the practice of spiritual disciplines). So what has God said about us in Romans 8 up to this point? In his second letter to the Corinthians he reminds all believers of their same plight: “For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (2 Cor 5:4). Love by the Spirit (Rom 15:30; Gal 5:22-23; Col 1:8). The Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of life” (verse 2). It is only when we go against God’s will and against our own new nature that the divine commands and standards seem onerous and burdensome to us. His message was this: No action is too drastic in dealing with sin; no price is too great to pay in turning from sin to trusting Christ and thereby escaping the damnation of eternal death in hell. So life as a Christian is “cooperating” with the Holy Spirit in a daily walk; as believers, we are now no longer obligated to live according to the flesh, but free to live according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:2-4). Obviously, the Holy Spirit can choose to act in any way that He wishes. God saves us through our faith in Him, and He leads those He saves through the same human channel of faith (2 Cor 5:7; Heb 11:1, 6). Most of us may find that impossible to believe, because our sinful-ness simply overwhelms us… but the reality is God loves us with an everlasting love! Charles Spurgeon describes this process as follows: “Should we not wait upon God in prayer; asking Him to reveal to us what those matters are concerning which we should plead with Him?…. Notice again, it is only by the enablement of the Spirit that one can consistently put to death the deeds of the body— by the way, this verb literally means to “render ineffective”… and the verb tense makes it clear that Paul does not have in mind something that you just do “once and for all” and you are then done… as believers, we have been given the responsibility of putting to death the deeds of the body over and over again throughout our earthly pilgrimage — there is no passivity being suggested here, only “active engagement” in the fight… it is not just a matter of “letting go and letting God do the work,” as the Keswick Movement maintained; note the teachings of Paul in the following passages: Whereas some believers only focus on “trusting,” the Bible clearly teaches the importance of “obedience” — we are not encouraged to passivity; we are to actively kill sinful deeds by the power of the Spirit — such activity is both Spirit-empowered and Spirit-motivated. And then there is the challenging counsel of the prophet Haggai to ancient Israel — “Consider your ways!” (Hag 1:5, 7). You’ll find your responsibility in the latter half of Romans 8:4, where Paul says the Spirit’s authority is made available to those “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” There’s that familiar word walk,a favorite euphemism of Paul’s for our daily conduct, the way we live our lives. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. New living people, plants and animals can only come from those that are already alive. As we read, meditate on, and pray over Scripture, the indwelling Spirit of God becomes our divine interpreter (Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13; 1 Cor 2:14; 1 Jn 2:27). Leon Morris describes those who have this Spirit-oriented mind-set in his commentary on Romans: “Such people are not intermittently interested in the things of the Spirit; their whole being centers on them. Romans 15:19 Context. It is when we are genuinely submissive to Him that our Lord supernaturally reshapes and redirects our will into voluntary conformity with His own. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. Or is your hope drowned out by an addiction to entertainment and the pursuit of happiness in a transitory world? The unsaved person is simply a spiritual corpse (there is no life in him – Eph 2:1-7); he neither wants to nor can he live a godly and righteous life because his nature and resources are not godly and righteous — he is not motivated nor empowered by God. The Father understands exactly what the Spirit is thinking because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We can walk according to the Spirit rather than according to the flesh (v. 4). [therefore let us] obey the Holy Spirit and pray as He directs, for He knows what our petitions should be. But you have been called as Paul says, ‘to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ’ (2 Cor 10:5).” In daily life this means that you talk to God throughout the day… you let your thoughts dwell on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praise-worthy (Phil 4:8). We feel secure when the Holy Spirit guides our minds…. So in prayerful trust and continual dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit, we take action so that the sinful deeds of the body are not given any life. I would enjoy your comments and insights you receive from this study. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Kenneth Berding says, “Attentiveness to the written Word sensitizes us to the ways of the Spirit, to His priorities, and to His patterns… then when the time comes, despite all the noise in our lives, we become accustomed to distinguishing the Spirit from other voices whenever the Spirit chooses to lead us in this manner” (Berding, p. 60). In chapter six he addresses the believer’s relationship to sin; though he is no longer a slave to sin because of the work of Christ’s on the cross, neither is he free to just go on sinning as he pleases. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition - is just a step away! through God’s sacrifice of His Son on the cross as an offering for sin… in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:2-4). You actively, by the Spirit, reject wrong thoughts as they enter your mind. Acknowledging his own sinfulness, King David cried out to the Lord, “My iniquities are gone over my head; as a heavy burden they weigh too much for me…. And through the Spirit you have been given the power of a new spiritual life. Specifically, He is the guarantee of the coming adoption, the redemption of the body (Eph 1:14). The Christian needs to know that in the midst of all his utterances and groanings before God, the Holy Spirit is “searching his heart” (Rom 8:27) and is interceding before the throne of grace on his behalf “according to the will of God” (Rom 8:27). 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