The Christian Life: According to Romans 8, the Spirit is integral to our sanctification.
May 8, 2011
The Bible consists of sixty six books written over the course of approximately 1,500 years and is at least 98% accurate in all of the translations of the Bible. The Bible is split up into two different sections the Old Testament which include thirty nine books and the New Testament which contain twenty seven books. The New Testament was written mostly by the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote thirteen books/letters and he was one of the authors of Hebrews. Paul’s letters taught on how to live a Christian and godly life. One of the best letters on the topic of how to live a Christian Life is Romans, more specifically Romans chapter eight. Romans eight talks about life through the Spirit. The purpose on this paper is to show how the Spirit is essential to our sanctification and our Christian life. Romans 8:1-4, Life through the Spirit
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4 “Romans 8 has been called the ‘inner sanctuary within the cathedral of Christian faith.’ ”1 The first part of Romans 8 speaks of life through the Spirit. Verse one says “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” (vs. 1) Paul is stating that “Christians have been placed beyond the reach of the condemnation of God. The condemnation about which Paul writes refers to last judgment, the outpouring of God’s wrath in which the scriptures describe as damnation.”2 Verse 2 is talking about the “Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus” and how we are “set you free of the law of sin and death.” “‘The law of sin and death’ is immutable divine ‘rule’ that those who sin must die.”3 We are “made free from the law of sin and death” by the Holy Spirit. “Deliverance from the control of sin could never come through our own effort to keep the Mosaic Law… It was not the God asked too much of man, for He can be satisfied with nothing less than absolute perfection. It was that man in the flesh simply could not and cannot live up to the claims of God’s law.”4 “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature.”(vs. 3a) As a result the only way we could be saved was by what “God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.”(vs. 3b) Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Verse 4 is talking about the “order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” “The result of God's action in Christ's death is that we, in Christ our substitute, fully meet the righteous requirements of the law: we are justified, we are declared righteous, we are reckoned to be dead to sin. The just penalty for our sin has been fully paid: it was exacted from Christ. It will never again be debited to us because Christ's death has cancelled it. This is a complete, finished, never-to-be-repeated objective fact, with massive subjective ramifications.”5 The Indwelling Spirit and Christian Sanctification and Obedience Now after Jesus’ death and resurrection, he told his disciples that he “will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world...
Bibliography: Barnhouse, Donald Grey God 's heirs: Romans 8:1-39. Repr. ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988, 45
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