“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The born again man is not in the flesh but in the spirit.
In our previous study, we saw that Paul draws an intelligent contrast in verses 2 and 3 of the above text. This contrast is:
- The law of the spirit of life
- And the law of sin and death.
Recall that his words here were the same thing he taught in the previous chapter which we saw clearly in his words in Romans 7:6. Notice that in verse 3, Paul spoke of the weakness of the law through “the flesh”, and then about God sending Jesus His son in the likeness of sinful flesh condemning sin in “the flesh”. Now, let’s proceed to observing his explanation from verse 4 to 7; it reads, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”. Here in the above text, it could be noticed that Paul spoke about “us” who walk after “the spirit”. He made a clear distinction between those who walk after the spirit (this will be those who are in Christ as seen in verse 1) and those who walk after the flesh (those who are dead in sin or those who are not in Christ). Observe verses 5 and 13 of the previous chapter, it reads “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law did work in our members to bring forth fruits unto death. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceedingly sinful” (Romans 7:5 and 13). So Paul thus draws a dichotomy between “the spirit” and “the flesh” and one important thing that should be noted so far is that every time he used the phrases “the flesh” and “the spirit”, it was in reference to man (hence, why he used the terms we; us, those, them); that is, “the man in Christ” and “the man not in Christ”. In other words, the believer (the man in Christ) is in the spirit, while the unbeliever (the man not in Christ) is in the flesh. So, the first thing to note as we will continue our investigation in subsequent days is that the born again man is not in “the flesh” but in “the spirit”. Glory!!
INSTRUCTION: Know your realities in the word.
PRAYER: Father I declare that the eyes of my understanding open up to realities in You in your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: You are not in “the flesh” but in “the spirit” because you are indwelt by “God’s spirit”.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4