- Condemnation Confuses Us About Salvation
- The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death.
- The Mind Set on The Flesh Fails In 4 Ways!
- God Transitions sinners to righteousness by transplanting within us a new heart
- Thus we all are “Iva Newhearts
(4) Condemnation Confuses Us About Salvation Rom 8: 1-4 Rom 8:1 here is therefore now no condemnation. (A sense of punishment & penal servitude, following an adverse sentence or verdict), for those who are in (= Preposition showing relationship between us and…) Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1) Footnote a 1 Some manuscripts add who walk not according to the flesh (but according to the Spirit) The process for extinguishing condemnation is …
- We must be in Christ, meaning our relationship to Christ is that we are enclosed within Christ, covered and encompassed by His salvation which …
- God Baptizes us (Rom 6:3) into the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, (Rom 6:3 God spiritually baptizes each of us saved believers into Christ.
- Enters us into the privilege “realm or sphere of” discipleship which is the condition or state of …
- growing in sensitivity to the conviction of the Holy Spirit that operates from the inside us
- to conform us to the image of Christ whereby we keep / serve God’s law with a clear conscience (Rom 7:6 & 25 & 1Pet, 3:21).
Being Baptized into Christ in this sense is a spiritual activity or event that God does when we participate in the salvation Process by …
- sincerely confess we are sinners (as explained in 1John 1:9)
- repent and acknowledge Christ as savior who died as the substitute for our sins
- and submit to enter into God’s discipleship program as explained in Heb.12: 4-8 to grow us to be more Christ-like and help fulfill the Great Commission, explained in Matthew 28:18-20.
Heb 12: 4-8 4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Matthew 28: 18 – 20 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (5) The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:2 2For the law (a force or influence impelling action) of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) of life has set you free (at liberty; not imprisoned, not confined or arrested by sin; physically or morally) in Christ Jesus from the law of sin (missing the mark, being at fault and failing which causes true moral guilt) and death (physical or spiritual separation from the life of God forever by dying without first experiencing death to self to receive His gift of salvation).. (6) Romans Table of Laws Rom 2:15 … the work of the law is written on our hearts, …
- Rom 3:27 the law of faith excuses boasting/self-righteousness
- Rom 7: 22 we can/should “delight in the law of God.”
- Rom 7: 22-23 I serve the law of God with the law of my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin
- Rom 8: 2a the law of the Spirit of life has set us free in Christ Jesus …
Rom 2: 20 … the law is the embodiment of knowledge and truth
- Rom 3:27 if one can keep the law of works, then one can boast of the achievement.
- Rom 7:2 the law of marriage is a metaphor for how when we are baptized into Christ’s death we were bound but then are released from sin.
- Rom 7: 23-25 … [we are] captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. .. [and] with my flesh I serve the law of sin
- Rom 8:2b we are set free from the law of sin and death.
(7) Christ Condemned Sin To Fulfill The Law within us Rom 8:3 3For God (the Creator, Who owns & sustains all things) has done (to give judgment against, condemn, judge worthy of punishment) what the law, weakened (unable, powerless, incapable or impossible of accomplishing God’s requirement of righteousness) by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness (made like something else and equivalent to God’s representative— in that Christ, Who Is God (Gen; 1 1, John 1:1-3), a likeness, or rather: form; a similitude) of sinful flesh and for sin,
- He condemned (judge worthy of punishment) sin in the flesh (body, human nature, materiality; kindred, merely of human origin or empowerment)
- 4ain order that the righteous requirement of the law (what God approves, focusing on its “result”) might be fulfilled in us,
(8) Christ was sent in the likeness of sinful flesh Philippians 2:6 multi-Translation comparison And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Click To Tweet ESV — who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, KJB — Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: NAS — Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, NIV — Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; NLT — Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. (9) Christ was sent in the likeness of sinful flesh Rom 8:3 Christ came in the likeness, being as made like something else and equivalent to God’s representative. Was this accomplished as Christ …
- was virgin born Yes / No
- did not have a sin nature Yes / No
- lived a sinless life Yes / No
- was God incarnate = in human form Yes/No
Philippians 2:7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (10) In contrast to Christ, we were born into sin Psalm 51:5 – multi translation comparison. In contrast to Christ, we were born in iniquity ESV — Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. KJB — Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. NAS — Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. NIV — Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. NLT — For I was born a sinner–yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. (11) Rom. 8:3 We are sinful sinners who sin In contrast to Christ, we were born in iniquity (ESV) “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” means
- I’m a sinner because my mother was a sinner (yes, but originally it goes far deeper than that)
- the process of making babies is a sin (sex is a sin)
- through Adam and Eve sin seizes us, and slips into my heart & mind
- sin reverberates within us, like an echo chamber, and resonates with our rebellious natures. (Romans 7:5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions operated through the law in every part of us and bore fruit for death.)
So … which is true?
- I am a sinner because I sin! … OR …
- I sin because I am a sinner!
I am a sinner by both omission and commission! (12) The “if – then” proposition is — if we walk in the spirit we get Righteousness The “if-then” proposition of Rom 8:4b is if we … 4b1who walk (live ethically) not according to the flesh (making decisions leading to actions born of self, apart from the independent in working of faith in God) but according to the spirit (what God breathes out through His Holy Spirit to animate Christ within us). Then (and only then!) do we experience our freedom / liberty; from the law of sin (missing the mark, being at fault, failure, causing guilt) and death (13) Rom 8: 5-8 The mind set on the flesh Fails In 4 Ways Rom 8: 5-8 6…to set the mind on the flesh …
- 6 is death, (the pursuit of fleshly ends, spiritually separated from the life of God, with the idea of future misery in the state beyond). Matthew Henry says this type “is the death of the soul; for it is alienated from God, A carnal soul is a dead soul, dead as a soul can die. She that liveth in pleasure is dead (1 Tim. 5:6), not only dead in law as guilty, but dead in state as carnal. Death includes all misery; carnal souls are miserable souls.
- 7 is hostile (in enmity, hostility and alienation) to God,
- 7 does not & cannot submit (be placed in subjection under obedience) to God’s law
- 8 cannot please (offer willing service) God.
- What is “of the flesh”, by definition is carnal and displeasing to the Lord – even things that seem “respectable!”
- What is of human/self-effort is unaided by The Holy Spirit’s unction /motivation proceeds from the part of us that is untouched and not transformed by God.
- These unchanged and untransformed actions may be even for seemingly good causes, but as man’s self-righteousness is as “filthy rags” in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all …
- All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep …
- Isaiah 30:22 NLT — Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, “Good riddance!”
(14) Rom 8: 9-11 The Mind set on the Spirit Rom 8: 6 6…but to set the mind on the Spirit is life (both physical for our present existence and spiritual for our future existence in Heaven) and peace. (Sense of the health, welfare and wholeness, as if all essential parts are joined together; peace with God, as His gift of wholeness.) Thus we enter into Rom 8: 9-11 9aYou, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you 9bAnyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong (exist in) to him. 10But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life (recall the deadness our mortal souls to life) to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. God explained how He accomplishes this in… Rom 6:3 “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? God, Himself spiritually baptizes each true believer. He thus submerges our carnal nature in death and transplants us with the new heart of The Holy which Spirit resurrects us to live a new life, delighting in the righteous requirements of God’s law.
- RIGHTEOUS = a thing pronounced (by God) to be(just, the right); or the restoration of a criminal, a fresh chance given him;
- requirement of the law (what God approves, focusing on its “result”) might be fulfilled in us,
(15) God Transitions Sinful People To Live By the Spirit by Transplanting Our Hearts. Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in them; and I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh: … Ezek. 18:31a Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Ezek. 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Thus we all are “IVA NEWHEARTS” The Outcome of Having a New Heart is The Fruit of The Spirit Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace … But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, … Ephesians 5:9. .. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) … … Romans 8:23… And not only so, but also we ourselves, having the first-fruit of the Spirit, we also ourselves in ourselves do groan, adoption expecting — the redemption of Eph 1:14 NLT — The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. (16) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ! Let’s Pray: God extend Your grace to us and renew us in Your true Born-Again experience that gives us a New Spirit & Heart that delights in Your Truth & walking in Your Ways!