The spirit Delivers from the Power of he Flesh
Verse 1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
People like to quote this verse because it seems to free them from all guilt of sin. However, I never hear anyone quote the entire verse which is, “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
This verse implies that there was condemnation under the Law, and would be still but for the intervention of the gospel. No, condemnation does not mean that sin in believers is not to be condemned, for the contrary is taught everywhere in Scripture.
It means to pardon; set the soul at liberty. The design of Paul is not so much to assert the different functions of the Law and the gospel, as simply to state the fact in regard to a certain class of people, “to those in Christ.” This is deliverance from the curse of the Law.
It is pertaining to those who walk by the spirit: Galatians 5:22, 23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Verse 23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. If a person has these fruits of the Spirit, they are a Christian, if not, they are a stranger to Him.
Verse 2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
The Holy spirit living in every Christian, the power to live free from sin.
Verse 3 – For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
Verse 4 – that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
The believer’s freedom comes from Jesus, a once for all time sacrifice, sin offering, fulfilling the law’s demands in His life and death.
Verse 5 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Those who walk by the flesh have not had their minds renewed. They are devoted to the gratification of their corrupt desires. The outcome for these two walks, flesh and Spirit, are either death or life.
Verse 6 – For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Nothing but strife and misery will come when someone is carnally minded. Everything is decided on “What I feel,” emotions. “I want,” “I feel like,” or lustful desires. It is always about what is “for themselves,” guilt and condemnation will follow.
Verse 7 – Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
You cannot be a carnal Christian! That is an oxymoron. When someone is not submitted to God and does not choose to do His will, then they are as lost as a ball in high weeds. This verse is very plain, so don’t act as mean as a snake and try to tell me you are a Christian!
When a person comes to believe in Christ, they begin to “renew” their mind, and then their desires and their wanting’s change to what God wants and desires for them. You cannot stay in rebellion against the laws of God and still call yourself Christ-like.
Verse 8 – So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
They are engaged in hostility against God; and if they do not repent and forsake it, it will result in an eternity without the Lord Almighty.
Verse 9 – But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
The Spirit’s presence is the mark of Christ’s ownership. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “There has to be a transformation, and that’s not a little emotional crying that took place somewhere, sometime.” There will be evidence of a changed life!
Verse 10 – And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
The body and the flesh, will no longer rule in our mortal bodies, dead to sin.
Verse 11 – But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
The spirit Gives Sonship
Verse 12 – Therefore, brethren, we are debtors – not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
Verse 13 – For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Live by corrupt inclinations and passions, which are called deeds of the flesh, and you will die an eternal death. However, if your sins are put to death through the blood of Christ and the dwelling of the Holy spirit, you will be saved.
Verse 14 – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Those who are filled and led by the Spirit are given “Adoption!” One who yields and submits to the Holy spirit’s influence, those are the sons of God.
Verse 15 – For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Verse 16 – The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Verse 17 – and if children, then heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may be glorified together.
In many parts of he world today, Christians face just as much persecution as they did in Paul’s day. Nothing, however compares to the suffering that Christ had.
Verse 18 – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be received in us.
Verse 19 – For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
The afflictions, sickness, persecutions, and hardships are nothing in this life when compared to an eternity with Christ. As Christians, we have a great expectation of our inheritance throughout all eternity with Christ.
Verse 20 – For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
Verse 21 – because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Sin has caused all creation to fall from the perfect state in which God created it. However, it is the purpose of God that deliverance shall be granted. The hope is, that this renewed person shall be delivered from all toils and cares of this life.
Verse 22 – For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Verse 23 – And not only they, but we also who have the firstfuits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body,
Verse 24 – for we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees?
We will be resurrected with glorified bodies. We have the “firstfuits,” the first installment or down payment of the Holy Spirit, as a guarantee of our resurrected life.
Verse 25 – But if we hope for what we do not see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
As Christians, we look forward to Christ’s return. In the meantime, we keep believing and doing what we know is right, striving to keep that hope of His return.
Verse 26 – Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
In our weaknesses we have the help of the Spirit. Jesus is our intercessor in heaven and the Spirit is our intercessor on earth within our hearts. The Spirit’s requests are always according the will of God and are always answered.
Verse 27 – Now He who searches the heart knows what the mind of the spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Verse 28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Notice this promise is not for everyone. It can only be claimed by those who are the called, and according to His purpose. Those who are “called” are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ. Not everything is good in and of itself, but God uses everything for our good, for those who love Him.
Verse 29 – For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Verse 30 – Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called, whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
You and I were never an afterthought! Predestine means that God planned from eternity that those whom He foreknew would become like Christ through spiritual rebirth. Called is the way in which God opens the heart so we can hear His voice. This is a sovereign summons that draws the sinner from death to life.
Justified is God’s act of declaration that we are right in His sight because Jesus paid the penalty for sin. We then receive Jesus’ righteousness. Glorified is the final stage of our salvation. Notice that our future glorification is so certain that it is spoken of in the past tense.
Verse 31 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Sinners may be against us, and so may the great enemy of our souls, but their power to destroy us is taken away. God is more mighty than any foes the Christian might have against them.
Verse 32 – He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
God’s first great gift to us was Jesus. It is not by money or merit, but it is by the mere mercy of God that He gives His sons and daughter all things.
Verse 33 – Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Verse 34 – Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Who is he that condemns? Who shall pass sentence of condemnation? The function of passing sentence of condemnation on people shall pertain to Christ, the judge of the quick and the dead, and the apostle proceeds to say that it was certain that He would not condemn the elect of God. They are therefore secure.
Verse 35 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Verse 36 – As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Paul simply states that anything we might go through in this life as a Christian, is not strong enough to separate us form the love of God!
Verse 37 – Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
That is one of the most profound statements in this chapter. Paul writes, “In all things.” To many times I hear Christians complaining about what everyone else is stopping them from accomplishing. They are weak in knowing what God has already written about them. We are not failures in this Christian life. The only reason a Christian will be defeated is when they don’t know who they are in Christ!
Verse 38 – For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
Verse 39 – nor height, nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Before we became born-again what separated us from the Father was sin. Paul makes it very clear, once a born-again believer belongs to God through Jesus Christ, “Nothing can separate us from His love!”
This is another reason it is imperative that you read Scripture for yourself! We are not joined one day with Christ and then separated the next. If we sin, we repent, and move forward, but God still loves you!!!!!