“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 spirit is the believer’s nature.
We saw in our previous study that the summation of Paul’s words in Romans 8 where the terminologies “the spirit of life”; “the spirit is life”; “the spirit of God”; “the spirit of adoption”, was to describe “the spirit” indwelling the believer. Let’s observe verses 11 to 14, 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”. The word “quicken” (verse 11) is the word “zoopoieo” in the Greek and it implies to vitalize, make alive or to give life. Notice the initial statement, “…the spirit of him that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you…”, thus, implying that the man in the spirit is indwelt by the Spirit. Let’s pay attention to a keyword that will bring our subject of study to the spotlight. It’s the word “led”. This word “led” (verse 14) is the Greek word “ago” which implies to be carried, to be born. In context, what Paul explained was being led from the flesh into the spirit. This was in reference to the man in Christ (who is not in the flesh but in the spirit) because he is indwelt by the Spirit of him that raised Christ from the dead. This is his nature (the New Birth). Thus, verse 14 explains verses 12 and 13. The believer (who is indwelt by the Spirit) has been led from the flesh into the spirit; thus, he cannot live after the flesh, because he is alive in the spirit. In other words, having understood what the word “led” means, what does it therefore mean to be led out of the flesh into the spirit or to be led from the flesh into the spirit? It simply means to be born again. In other words, the born again man is the man who has been led from the flesh into the spirit because this man has been indwelt by God’s spirit. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Never over-value who you are not and under-value who you are.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your Spirit at work in me wherein I am led from the flesh into the spirit, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The born again man is the man who has been led from the flesh into the spirit.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6