“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 man in Christ is indwelt by God’s spirit and thus is in the spirit.
In our previous studies, we came to deduce that by the indwelling of the spirit, a man is in the spirit. On the other hand, a man who is not indwelt by the Spirit of God is in the flesh. Hence, as we saw in our previous study, Paul within the same chapter calls those who are indwelt by the Spirit, sons of God (verses 14, 15, 16 and 17). Paul made a further distinction by stating that those who are led by the Spirit are those in Christ; they are indwelt by the Spirit and they are sons of God, while those who are not in Christ are in the flesh; they are dead and they are not sons of God. So, the terms “the spirit” and “the flesh” were used by Paul to describe humanity in Christ and humanity not in Christ respectively. Paul therefore called “the spirit of adoption” the “spirit of God” in verses 9 and 14 and in verse 10, he described the same as “the spirit is life”. Therefore, it can be deduced from the explanations done so far that;
- A man is a Son of God by the indwelling of the spirit.
- The indwelling of the spirit is the identity of the Son of God; that is his nature.
- The essence of the emphatic use of the term “spirit” was for identification.
- The spirit is life and vice versa.
In summation of Romans 8, all the terminologies that describe the word spirit (“the spirit of adoption”, “spirit of God”, “spirit is life”, “the spirit of life”) can be referred to as “the spirit” indwelling the believer. From verse 11 down to verse 14, Paul explains further, it reads “But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. What could Paul be saying in these verses (verses 11 to 14)? This will be clear in subsequent studies even as the word “led” will open up bringing to the fore what it means to be led out of the flesh into the spirit which is the topic of our study.
INSTRUCTION: The cure for ignorance is knowledge; go for knowledge.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit that indwells me within which I am a Son of God, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The indwelling of the spirit is a man’s reality by faith in Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1