Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Romans 8:1–8

8 Those who belong to Christ Jesus are no longer under God’s sentence. 2 I am now controlled by the law of the Holy Spirit. That law gives me life because of what Christ Jesus has done. It has set me free from the law of sin that brings death. 3 The written law was made weak by our sinful nature. But God did what the written law could not do. He made his Son to be like those who have a sinful nature. He sent him to be an offering for sin. In that way, he judged sin in his Son’s human body. 4 Now we can do everything the law requires. Our sinful nature no longer controls the way we live. The Holy Spirit now controls the way we live. 5 Don’t live under the control of your sinful nature. If you do, you will think about what your sinful nature wants. Live under the control of the Holy Spirit. If you do, you will think about what the Spirit wants. 6 The way a sinful person thinks leads to death. But the mind controlled by the Spirit brings life and peace. 7 The sinful mind is at war with God. It does not obey God’s law. It can’t. 8 Those who are controlled by their sinful nature can’t please God.

I had a conversation this week with someone who felt that they needed help with connecting the spiritual and faith elements of their life to physical reality.

I hope that I was helpful in my conversation with them, but since reading this passage, I wonder whether I should have just encouraged them to read Romans chapter 8!

I love the way that Paul uses philosophical principles that would have been very familiar to his audience to teach us about how to apply faith to temptation and self-control, and how the outward signs of the nature of someone’s flesh are a good indication of the nature of his heart and mind.

It is so important for us to not just have a right understanding of how salvation impacts our response to temptation, but to also live out that response through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, give us the knowledge, wisdom strength and power to overcome the nature of our own flesh so that we can better chase the deeper desires of the new nature that you have given us in Christ Jesus

Written by Justin Ware

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