> Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 8:1-17 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. We can still sin, but sin is now a choice. What I want to argue in this paper is that the key to understanding the use of Psalm 32 in Romans 4 is discerning the flow of the argument in Romans 4 itself. And chapter 6 hasn’t helped you much. The only person who ever could was Jesus Christ Himself. Outside of the Son is condemnation. Therefore “the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead…will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (v. 11). First of all, in verses 1-4 we see that we are forever free from the condemnation of the Law. Romans 8:4 tells us: "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Fleeing from the wrath of God is a legitimate motivation for turning to Christ, because God’s wrath is a real thing. What was exactly like ours was He was totally God in the flesh. It could in no way save, nor could it sanctify. Sometimes you hear bad Christian teaching that you can be justified, yet continue to live a life of sin. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. A. Romans 8:13 is surrounded by definitions put there to help us understand. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore—he just sits and stares.". Being “set free from the law of sin and of death” has put you on a new course with a new governing power in your life. Subscribe. The word "likeness" here means exactly the same, but be careful or you could miss this. 1John1:5: "And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all." “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (verse 2). The Christian has been “set free from the law of sin and of death.” There has been a break from your old way of life. We must pray that we would react to people in a God-honoring way, that we would answer people in a way that honors the Lord, that we would make the right choices and keep the right priorities. The Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of life” (verse 2). “We now walk “according to the Spirit.” We now live by the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not submit to God’s law nor can it do so. (Romans 8:1–4) Romans 8 provides us with the climactic argument of the probatio , or the arguments for the case Paul wants to make with his Roman audience. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. Acts 2:27: "Because thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow thy holy one to undergo decay." From 6:14 to 7:25 we saw how Paul shows us why it is that people who are free from the power of sin are still defeated by it. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul is continuing to explain how it can be that God will never condemn those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Then, Romans 8 shows us our ongoing victory in the Holy Spirit. It commands us to work "in the energy of our flesh," and then condemns all that we do. 1. Close. Then maybe a few years later, you will finally decide to be committed and change your life. By saying the "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," Paul refers to the principle of how the life of Christ is now in us, in the presence of His Spirit, works in us. The Bible says that we are already seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). It began the moment we entered this world. To fill up what was otherwise empty. It is the Spirit of God who gives us the assurance of salvation. Because you are in Christ, Christ Himself would have to be condemned before you could be condemned. Remember we have seen that we are either "in Adam" or we are "in Christ." To be “in Christ Jesus” means that you have union and communion with Christ. Romans 8:1–4 Life in the Spirit 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He has described the context in which the righteousness of God has been revealed (Romans 1:16-32). His human nature was sinless because it was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by Adam’s seed. We cannot pull this off in our own strength. We entered into this new state of “no condemnation” when we believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. Then in 5:18 he says, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,", Jesus, knowing our desperate condition as human beings, said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.". We still have our "body of sin" with the inordinate passions of the flesh, but it is powerless to control us like it once did. Being smaller and poor, I was teased a lot which made me shy and introverted. The literal wording is “and for sin.” The wording is emphatic and to the point. He does in and through us what our flesh has been shown it cannot do. Verse 1 begins with the word “therefore.” Paul reaches back and pulls forward the entire book of Romans to this point. It is an entire chapter about the spiritual victory and eternal security that we have in Jesus Christ. That is a reality. We are not free to live however we want. One Passion Ministries, PO Box 601649, Dallas, TX 75360Email: contact@onepassionministries.org | 214-269-1819© OnePassion Ministries. In verses 1, 30, and 33, we have justification. The first half of Romans 8 is all about the Holy Spirit’s work in our life as a Christian. Then Paul explains what God did, “sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” Please note that He did not send His Son in sinful flesh. She’d barely said "hello" when suppppppppp... Chippie got sucked in. It is by the inner working of the Holy Spirit who testifies to our spirit that we are children of God. You see, they make the mistake of going back under the law, trusting in their own ability. Fifth, prayerfully. It identifies "those who are in Christ Jesus": "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." explaining the meaning of Psalm 32 in its OT context. Romans 8:1–4 October 16, 2014. In the Greek, Paul uses a compound word for “no” (oudeis) which is even stronger than the normal word for ‘no.’ Paul is affirming that there is absolutely no condemnation for the believer. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Yielding, submitting, and surrendering our lives to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Third, we see condemnation of sin by God the Father. 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you [] free from the law of sin and death. It shows us the frustration of trying to go back and live under law. The "flesh" is still resident in our "bodies of sin" and continues to war against the Spirit in us, and there will be times when we will allow it to control us. All the righteous character of God can now be supplied fully in us, because the Holy Spirit lives in us to produce that character as we walk "according to the Spirit.". 8 T here is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, a who 1 do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Notice that Paul writes, “there is now no condemnation.” “Now” is a word that denotes time. The Ministry of Steven J. Lawson. 2. The law of the Spirit is higher and more powerful than the law of sin and death. On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’" The law can provoke sin. Regarding Christ’s human conception, the Holy Spirit conceived in Mary, and the result was the Holy offspring (Luke 1:35). It is the Spirit in us, that won’t allow us to get away with sin. The Spirit of God has set us free from the law of sin and death. Think about a big 747 sitting on the runway. These are incredibly important verses that lay a foundation for our understanding of how to live the Christian life. Romans 8:1-4 New International Version (NIV) Life Through the Spirit. 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For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. God has changed us so on the inside with the indwelling Holy Spirit residing within us, that the Spirit now compels us like a magnet towards God and His righteousness. Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” This is a wonderful verse, but unfortunately it is one of the most disputed verses in all of Paul’s letters (Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker The theme of the book, which began in 1:16-17, is that the believer has the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do. Putting one foot in front of the other as we daily live our Christian life. The Holy Spirit has placed you into the Lord Jesus Christ. It is having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. This is very important, because it tells us that justification and liberation are inseparably bound together. How? It is Christ’s Spirit that gravitates us towards the Father and to what the Father wills in our life. Now, it can only operate when it is put under law by our own foolish choices. Please use these sermons to dig deeper into God's Word as your faith is strengthened. There is some alteration with the practice of Sabbath, but we still are to prioritize Sunday as the Lord’s Day and worship the Lord with God’s people on Sunday. The vaults of heaven are contained in this one chapter. Jesus had to enter the human race in order to deliver us from the power of sin in our life. Jesus was “born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law” (Galatians 4:4-5). Apart from the law, the flesh is idle. We must be consciously aware of our own weakness and purposefully live yielded to the lordship of Christ. It is so rich, and yet so practical, as the whole chapter is about our daily Christian living. Is the Law sin? First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." This is a way of saying that you are justified in the Lord Jesus Christ. What “God did” refers not to the pardon for sin that we need, but to the power He gives us to live the Christian life. Inside the Son is no condemnation. There is no one who is justified who is not at the same time set free from the law of sin and death. You may have been in need of additional biblical teaching about what God had done in your life, but the reality of this change, nevertheless, began in that moment of justification. We must be praying for God to enable us to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit. The "requirement of the Law" refers to the acts of righteousness that the law demands. As we walk through Romans 8, we see the believer’s union with Christ (verse 1), liberation in Christ (verse 2), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (verse 9), regeneration (verses 10-11), mortification of sin (verse 13), adoption by God (verse 15), assurance of salvation (verse 16), inheritance with Christ (verse 17), future glory (verse 18), the intercession of the Holy Spirit (verses 26-27), the providence of God (verse 28), foreknowledge (verse 29), predestination (verses 29-30), effectual call (verses 28, 30), and our eternal security (verses 35-39). Man was hopelessly lost in Adam, and his rebellious flesh repulsed the law. Never condemn yourself. The Spirit is now the operative, dominant, ruling force in our lives. In fact, Paul says, it "has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Acts 13:35: "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘Thou wilt not allow they holy one to undergo decay.’ Both of these are quotes of Psalm 16:8-10. Free from what? We need to ask God, both in our personal prayer life and consciously throughout the day, to give us the power of His Spirit to live in a way that glorifies Him and honors the Lord Jesus Christ. Justification (8:1-4a) is the necessary foundation and motivating cause of sanctification (8:4b). Even in areas where we are not aware of our weakness, the Spirit of God intercedes for us. Not with a sense of coercion or against our will. We have been crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and raised with Christ. God intervened and made provision for our sanctification. “In Christ Jesus” is the common theme in verses one and two. That context is that all people, whether Jew or Gentile have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). They are under the wrath of God and should flee to Christ, believing in Him, so that now there can be no condemnation. Remember back in chapter 5:5 when Paul told us that God loves us so much that He poured out His love in our hearts by sending the Holy Spirit to live there? Well, that’s why we have chapter 7. 1. This law of the Spirit of life "has set us free." Everyone must want to be free, independent and have the opportunity to do what he wants and what he likes. (4) The consequence of this was a great change. Subscribe. "Who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1(ISV) Verse Thoughts There is not even the slightest, tiny crumb of condemnation at all those who are in Christ Jesus - those in UNION with Christ – those that have been placed IN Christ at rebirth – those who have been born-again – those that have been sealed by the Spirit - those that have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT (Romans 8: 1-4) There is not a single human being in this world who wants to be enslaved! He was baptized to have his sins washed away by the blood of Christ. It’s not hard to see why. For instance, gravity. Let not be enslaved, detained for the whole day no one will. Because their salvation is actually begun in the regeneration and sanctification of their hearts by the holy spirit. Romans 5:1: "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The law of sin is that principle in us that pulls us downward into death and that used to control and condemn us. Living under the law and living under God’s transforming grace is the difference in trusting God or in trusting in ourselves. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. "Not after the flesh." Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. ", First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." "Therefore now nothing of condemnation is to them that be in Christ Jesus, which wander not after the flesh," (Wycliffe). Further, Dr. Lawson serves as the Executive Editor for Expositor Magazine published by OnePassion Ministries. The Holy Spirit of God enlivens, empowers, and enables us to live the Christian life. Consequently, I feel that it’s in the Pauline letters that we have to garner basically the fundamental truths for Salvation, for … Why would He do that? Paul writes, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.” (verse 3). In the religious arena, putting our confidence in the flesh deceives us so that we think we can do something that would please God in our own power. What the Law could not do, the Spirit of God is working out within us, both to will and to work for God’s own pleasure. The Law is being realized and fulfilled in us as we live in obedience to what God requires. And if you apply the law of gravity to that fact, then it is impossible for that plane to fly. But, here he seems to be saying something else. We must intentionally choose to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit and rely upon His power. We are no longer in Adam, but we are now in Christ and His Spirit and life is in us. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Sin had to bow to its victor, the inherently holy Lord Jesus Christ. In the womb, Jesus took upon Himself a human nature. God has intervened. THERE IS THEREFORE NO CONDEMNATION 1-5. Religious people miss salvation when they do not trust in Christ as their righteousness (10:4). The spin of the earth causes the rock to be pulled toward the ground. We have established the fact that the law is good, righteous and Holy. There is now no condemnation. The role of the Holy Spirit. But the law cannot produce the righteousness it required. Go back to the law of gravity. a. 3. Listen to Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:16: "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man." First, intentionally. “No condemnation” actually means a positive justification. "There is" is in italics, which strengthens the meaning that there is absolutely no condemnation to those in Christ. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4). Christ would have to be cast into hell forever in order for the believer to be cast into hell forever. Paul left his old life of sin and human tradition. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board. Fourth, obediently. Jesus always remained holy. It has no control over us unless we foolishly fall into the trap of performance and law, which is the beachhead for this principle to operate. We are to walk “according to…the Spirit” (verse 4). There is nothing wrong with the Law. When God says, “no condemnation,” it is irrevocable, irreversible, declared by God to be true forever. What did the Father do? The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. Remember Galatians 5:22? It sweetens the reality of where we are as believers. Paul … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" Before the elect were converted to Christ, we were under the condemnation and wrath of God. The noose that was once around our neck was removed by Christ. When Satan came to wave his wand of temptation, nothing in Jesus responded. But now, there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Broken home, horrible fights between my mom and dad. To be attached to Him. The transcripts and audio of these sermons have been provided for your enjoyment. Hitherto the Law could not be kept because of the antagonistic influence of the flesh; henceforth it may be kept for the reason that this influence has ceased and that its place is taken by the influence of the Spirit. Condemnation has buried in it the word judgment; literally … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" It is at this point many believers would say, "I’m in trouble if I’m supposed to be dead to the power of sin!! He was in the flesh, yes, but not sinful flesh. This chapter is all about the Holy Spirit’s impact on the life of the believer. And when we put our confidence in our flesh again it is disastrous. “In the flesh” refers to Jesus’s human nature. God requires all believers in all ages to abide by this moral law. A law is the principle by which something operates. 1. We must be aware of our need for the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul continues in verse 4, “So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” “So that” (hina) means ‘in order that.’ It denotes the purpose. Nulla igitur condemnatio est iis qui sunt in Christo Iesu, qui non secumdum carnem ambulant, sed secundum Spiritum. The law can expose sin. As we are sitting at our desk, driving our car, talking with others, arriving at home, disciplining our children, and communicating with our wives, we must be consciously aware and dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live in a God-honoring way. This law of the Spirit “has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” This is the emancipation in which you and I were set free from another governing principle that once dictated our life, the law of sin and death. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus came into this world with a body similar to ours but not exactly like ours. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 - "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." The Lord Jesus Christ. “ intercedes for us ” and prays for us ''... 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First of all, in verses 1-4 we see that we are forever free from the condemnation of the Law. Romans 8:4 tells us: "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Fleeing from the wrath of God is a legitimate motivation for turning to Christ, because God’s wrath is a real thing. What was exactly like ours was He was totally God in the flesh. It could in no way save, nor could it sanctify. Sometimes you hear bad Christian teaching that you can be justified, yet continue to live a life of sin. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. A. Romans 8:13 is surrounded by definitions put there to help us understand. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore—he just sits and stares.". Being “set free from the law of sin and of death” has put you on a new course with a new governing power in your life. Subscribe. The word "likeness" here means exactly the same, but be careful or you could miss this. 1John1:5: "And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all." “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (verse 2). The Christian has been “set free from the law of sin and of death.” There has been a break from your old way of life. We must pray that we would react to people in a God-honoring way, that we would answer people in a way that honors the Lord, that we would make the right choices and keep the right priorities. The Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of life” (verse 2). “We now walk “according to the Spirit.” We now live by the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not submit to God’s law nor can it do so. (Romans 8:1–4) Romans 8 provides us with the climactic argument of the probatio , or the arguments for the case Paul wants to make with his Roman audience. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. Acts 2:27: "Because thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow thy holy one to undergo decay." From 6:14 to 7:25 we saw how Paul shows us why it is that people who are free from the power of sin are still defeated by it. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul is continuing to explain how it can be that God will never condemn those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Then, Romans 8 shows us our ongoing victory in the Holy Spirit. It commands us to work "in the energy of our flesh," and then condemns all that we do. 1. Close. Then maybe a few years later, you will finally decide to be committed and change your life. By saying the "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," Paul refers to the principle of how the life of Christ is now in us, in the presence of His Spirit, works in us. The Bible says that we are already seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). It began the moment we entered this world. To fill up what was otherwise empty. It is the Spirit of God who gives us the assurance of salvation. Because you are in Christ, Christ Himself would have to be condemned before you could be condemned. Remember we have seen that we are either "in Adam" or we are "in Christ." To be “in Christ Jesus” means that you have union and communion with Christ. Romans 8:1–4 Life in the Spirit 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He has described the context in which the righteousness of God has been revealed (Romans 1:16-32). His human nature was sinless because it was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by Adam’s seed. We cannot pull this off in our own strength. We entered into this new state of “no condemnation” when we believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. Then in 5:18 he says, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,", Jesus, knowing our desperate condition as human beings, said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.". We still have our "body of sin" with the inordinate passions of the flesh, but it is powerless to control us like it once did. Being smaller and poor, I was teased a lot which made me shy and introverted. The literal wording is “and for sin.” The wording is emphatic and to the point. He does in and through us what our flesh has been shown it cannot do. Verse 1 begins with the word “therefore.” Paul reaches back and pulls forward the entire book of Romans to this point. It is an entire chapter about the spiritual victory and eternal security that we have in Jesus Christ. That is a reality. We are not free to live however we want. One Passion Ministries, PO Box 601649, Dallas, TX 75360Email: contact@onepassionministries.org | 214-269-1819© OnePassion Ministries. In verses 1, 30, and 33, we have justification. The first half of Romans 8 is all about the Holy Spirit’s work in our life as a Christian. Then Paul explains what God did, “sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” Please note that He did not send His Son in sinful flesh. She’d barely said "hello" when suppppppppp... Chippie got sucked in. It is by the inner working of the Holy Spirit who testifies to our spirit that we are children of God. You see, they make the mistake of going back under the law, trusting in their own ability. Fifth, prayerfully. It identifies "those who are in Christ Jesus": "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." explaining the meaning of Psalm 32 in its OT context. Romans 8:1–4 October 16, 2014. In the Greek, Paul uses a compound word for “no” (oudeis) which is even stronger than the normal word for ‘no.’ Paul is affirming that there is absolutely no condemnation for the believer. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Yielding, submitting, and surrendering our lives to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Third, we see condemnation of sin by God the Father. 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you [] free from the law of sin and death. It shows us the frustration of trying to go back and live under law. The "flesh" is still resident in our "bodies of sin" and continues to war against the Spirit in us, and there will be times when we will allow it to control us. All the righteous character of God can now be supplied fully in us, because the Holy Spirit lives in us to produce that character as we walk "according to the Spirit.". 8 T here is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, a who 1 do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Notice that Paul writes, “there is now no condemnation.” “Now” is a word that denotes time. The Ministry of Steven J. Lawson. 2. The law of the Spirit is higher and more powerful than the law of sin and death. On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’" The law can provoke sin. Regarding Christ’s human conception, the Holy Spirit conceived in Mary, and the result was the Holy offspring (Luke 1:35). It is the Spirit in us, that won’t allow us to get away with sin. The Spirit of God has set us free from the law of sin and death. Think about a big 747 sitting on the runway. These are incredibly important verses that lay a foundation for our understanding of how to live the Christian life. Romans 8:1-4 New International Version (NIV) Life Through the Spirit. 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For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. God has changed us so on the inside with the indwelling Holy Spirit residing within us, that the Spirit now compels us like a magnet towards God and His righteousness. Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” This is a wonderful verse, but unfortunately it is one of the most disputed verses in all of Paul’s letters (Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker The theme of the book, which began in 1:16-17, is that the believer has the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do. Putting one foot in front of the other as we daily live our Christian life. The Holy Spirit has placed you into the Lord Jesus Christ. It is having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. This is very important, because it tells us that justification and liberation are inseparably bound together. How? It is Christ’s Spirit that gravitates us towards the Father and to what the Father wills in our life. Now, it can only operate when it is put under law by our own foolish choices. Please use these sermons to dig deeper into God's Word as your faith is strengthened. There is some alteration with the practice of Sabbath, but we still are to prioritize Sunday as the Lord’s Day and worship the Lord with God’s people on Sunday. The vaults of heaven are contained in this one chapter. Jesus had to enter the human race in order to deliver us from the power of sin in our life. Jesus was “born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law” (Galatians 4:4-5). Apart from the law, the flesh is idle. We must be consciously aware of our own weakness and purposefully live yielded to the lordship of Christ. It is so rich, and yet so practical, as the whole chapter is about our daily Christian living. Is the Law sin? First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." This is a way of saying that you are justified in the Lord Jesus Christ. What “God did” refers not to the pardon for sin that we need, but to the power He gives us to live the Christian life. Inside the Son is no condemnation. There is no one who is justified who is not at the same time set free from the law of sin and death. You may have been in need of additional biblical teaching about what God had done in your life, but the reality of this change, nevertheless, began in that moment of justification. We must be praying for God to enable us to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit. The "requirement of the Law" refers to the acts of righteousness that the law demands. As we walk through Romans 8, we see the believer’s union with Christ (verse 1), liberation in Christ (verse 2), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (verse 9), regeneration (verses 10-11), mortification of sin (verse 13), adoption by God (verse 15), assurance of salvation (verse 16), inheritance with Christ (verse 17), future glory (verse 18), the intercession of the Holy Spirit (verses 26-27), the providence of God (verse 28), foreknowledge (verse 29), predestination (verses 29-30), effectual call (verses 28, 30), and our eternal security (verses 35-39). Man was hopelessly lost in Adam, and his rebellious flesh repulsed the law. Never condemn yourself. The Spirit is now the operative, dominant, ruling force in our lives. In fact, Paul says, it "has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Acts 13:35: "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘Thou wilt not allow they holy one to undergo decay.’ Both of these are quotes of Psalm 16:8-10. Free from what? We need to ask God, both in our personal prayer life and consciously throughout the day, to give us the power of His Spirit to live in a way that glorifies Him and honors the Lord Jesus Christ. Justification (8:1-4a) is the necessary foundation and motivating cause of sanctification (8:4b). Even in areas where we are not aware of our weakness, the Spirit of God intercedes for us. Not with a sense of coercion or against our will. We have been crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and raised with Christ. God intervened and made provision for our sanctification. “In Christ Jesus” is the common theme in verses one and two. That context is that all people, whether Jew or Gentile have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). They are under the wrath of God and should flee to Christ, believing in Him, so that now there can be no condemnation. Remember back in chapter 5:5 when Paul told us that God loves us so much that He poured out His love in our hearts by sending the Holy Spirit to live there? Well, that’s why we have chapter 7. 1. This law of the Spirit of life "has set us free." Everyone must want to be free, independent and have the opportunity to do what he wants and what he likes. (4) The consequence of this was a great change. Subscribe. "Who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1(ISV) Verse Thoughts There is not even the slightest, tiny crumb of condemnation at all those who are in Christ Jesus - those in UNION with Christ – those that have been placed IN Christ at rebirth – those who have been born-again – those that have been sealed by the Spirit - those that have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT (Romans 8: 1-4) There is not a single human being in this world who wants to be enslaved! He was baptized to have his sins washed away by the blood of Christ. It’s not hard to see why. For instance, gravity. Let not be enslaved, detained for the whole day no one will. Because their salvation is actually begun in the regeneration and sanctification of their hearts by the holy spirit. Romans 5:1: "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The law of sin is that principle in us that pulls us downward into death and that used to control and condemn us. Living under the law and living under God’s transforming grace is the difference in trusting God or in trusting in ourselves. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. "Not after the flesh." Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. ", First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." "Therefore now nothing of condemnation is to them that be in Christ Jesus, which wander not after the flesh," (Wycliffe). Further, Dr. Lawson serves as the Executive Editor for Expositor Magazine published by OnePassion Ministries. The Holy Spirit of God enlivens, empowers, and enables us to live the Christian life. Consequently, I feel that it’s in the Pauline letters that we have to garner basically the fundamental truths for Salvation, for … Why would He do that? Paul writes, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.” (verse 3). In the religious arena, putting our confidence in the flesh deceives us so that we think we can do something that would please God in our own power. What the Law could not do, the Spirit of God is working out within us, both to will and to work for God’s own pleasure. The Law is being realized and fulfilled in us as we live in obedience to what God requires. And if you apply the law of gravity to that fact, then it is impossible for that plane to fly. But, here he seems to be saying something else. We must intentionally choose to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit and rely upon His power. We are no longer in Adam, but we are now in Christ and His Spirit and life is in us. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Sin had to bow to its victor, the inherently holy Lord Jesus Christ. In the womb, Jesus took upon Himself a human nature. God has intervened. THERE IS THEREFORE NO CONDEMNATION 1-5. Religious people miss salvation when they do not trust in Christ as their righteousness (10:4). The spin of the earth causes the rock to be pulled toward the ground. We have established the fact that the law is good, righteous and Holy. There is now no condemnation. The role of the Holy Spirit. But the law cannot produce the righteousness it required. Go back to the law of gravity. a. 3. Listen to Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:16: "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man." First, intentionally. “No condemnation” actually means a positive justification. "There is" is in italics, which strengthens the meaning that there is absolutely no condemnation to those in Christ. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4). Christ would have to be cast into hell forever in order for the believer to be cast into hell forever. Paul left his old life of sin and human tradition. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board. Fourth, obediently. Jesus always remained holy. It has no control over us unless we foolishly fall into the trap of performance and law, which is the beachhead for this principle to operate. We are to walk “according to…the Spirit” (verse 4). There is nothing wrong with the Law. When God says, “no condemnation,” it is irrevocable, irreversible, declared by God to be true forever. What did the Father do? The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. Remember Galatians 5:22? It sweetens the reality of where we are as believers. Paul … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" Before the elect were converted to Christ, we were under the condemnation and wrath of God. The noose that was once around our neck was removed by Christ. When Satan came to wave his wand of temptation, nothing in Jesus responded. But now, there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Broken home, horrible fights between my mom and dad. To be attached to Him. The transcripts and audio of these sermons have been provided for your enjoyment. Hitherto the Law could not be kept because of the antagonistic influence of the flesh; henceforth it may be kept for the reason that this influence has ceased and that its place is taken by the influence of the Spirit. Condemnation has buried in it the word judgment; literally … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" It is at this point many believers would say, "I’m in trouble if I’m supposed to be dead to the power of sin!! He was in the flesh, yes, but not sinful flesh. This chapter is all about the Holy Spirit’s impact on the life of the believer. And when we put our confidence in our flesh again it is disastrous. “In the flesh” refers to Jesus’s human nature. God requires all believers in all ages to abide by this moral law. A law is the principle by which something operates. 1. We must be aware of our need for the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul continues in verse 4, “So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” “So that” (hina) means ‘in order that.’ It denotes the purpose. Nulla igitur condemnatio est iis qui sunt in Christo Iesu, qui non secumdum carnem ambulant, sed secundum Spiritum. The law can expose sin. As we are sitting at our desk, driving our car, talking with others, arriving at home, disciplining our children, and communicating with our wives, we must be consciously aware and dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live in a God-honoring way. This law of the Spirit “has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” This is the emancipation in which you and I were set free from another governing principle that once dictated our life, the law of sin and death. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus came into this world with a body similar to ours but not exactly like ours. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 - "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." The Lord Jesus Christ. “ intercedes for us ” and prays for us ''... 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God has called him being smaller and poor, I was teased a lot which made me shy introverted... {{ links"/> > Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 8:1-17 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. We can still sin, but sin is now a choice. What I want to argue in this paper is that the key to understanding the use of Psalm 32 in Romans 4 is discerning the flow of the argument in Romans 4 itself. And chapter 6 hasn’t helped you much. The only person who ever could was Jesus Christ Himself. Outside of the Son is condemnation. Therefore “the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead…will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (v. 11). First of all, in verses 1-4 we see that we are forever free from the condemnation of the Law. Romans 8:4 tells us: "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Fleeing from the wrath of God is a legitimate motivation for turning to Christ, because God’s wrath is a real thing. What was exactly like ours was He was totally God in the flesh. It could in no way save, nor could it sanctify. Sometimes you hear bad Christian teaching that you can be justified, yet continue to live a life of sin. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. A. Romans 8:13 is surrounded by definitions put there to help us understand. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore—he just sits and stares.". Being “set free from the law of sin and of death” has put you on a new course with a new governing power in your life. Subscribe. The word "likeness" here means exactly the same, but be careful or you could miss this. 1John1:5: "And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all." “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (verse 2). The Christian has been “set free from the law of sin and of death.” There has been a break from your old way of life. We must pray that we would react to people in a God-honoring way, that we would answer people in a way that honors the Lord, that we would make the right choices and keep the right priorities. The Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of life” (verse 2). “We now walk “according to the Spirit.” We now live by the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not submit to God’s law nor can it do so. (Romans 8:1–4) Romans 8 provides us with the climactic argument of the probatio , or the arguments for the case Paul wants to make with his Roman audience. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. Acts 2:27: "Because thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow thy holy one to undergo decay." From 6:14 to 7:25 we saw how Paul shows us why it is that people who are free from the power of sin are still defeated by it. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul is continuing to explain how it can be that God will never condemn those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Then, Romans 8 shows us our ongoing victory in the Holy Spirit. It commands us to work "in the energy of our flesh," and then condemns all that we do. 1. Close. Then maybe a few years later, you will finally decide to be committed and change your life. By saying the "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," Paul refers to the principle of how the life of Christ is now in us, in the presence of His Spirit, works in us. The Bible says that we are already seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). It began the moment we entered this world. To fill up what was otherwise empty. It is the Spirit of God who gives us the assurance of salvation. Because you are in Christ, Christ Himself would have to be condemned before you could be condemned. Remember we have seen that we are either "in Adam" or we are "in Christ." To be “in Christ Jesus” means that you have union and communion with Christ. Romans 8:1–4 Life in the Spirit 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He has described the context in which the righteousness of God has been revealed (Romans 1:16-32). His human nature was sinless because it was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by Adam’s seed. We cannot pull this off in our own strength. We entered into this new state of “no condemnation” when we believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. Then in 5:18 he says, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,", Jesus, knowing our desperate condition as human beings, said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.". We still have our "body of sin" with the inordinate passions of the flesh, but it is powerless to control us like it once did. Being smaller and poor, I was teased a lot which made me shy and introverted. The literal wording is “and for sin.” The wording is emphatic and to the point. He does in and through us what our flesh has been shown it cannot do. Verse 1 begins with the word “therefore.” Paul reaches back and pulls forward the entire book of Romans to this point. It is an entire chapter about the spiritual victory and eternal security that we have in Jesus Christ. That is a reality. We are not free to live however we want. One Passion Ministries, PO Box 601649, Dallas, TX 75360Email: contact@onepassionministries.org | 214-269-1819© OnePassion Ministries. In verses 1, 30, and 33, we have justification. The first half of Romans 8 is all about the Holy Spirit’s work in our life as a Christian. Then Paul explains what God did, “sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” Please note that He did not send His Son in sinful flesh. She’d barely said "hello" when suppppppppp... Chippie got sucked in. It is by the inner working of the Holy Spirit who testifies to our spirit that we are children of God. You see, they make the mistake of going back under the law, trusting in their own ability. Fifth, prayerfully. It identifies "those who are in Christ Jesus": "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." explaining the meaning of Psalm 32 in its OT context. Romans 8:1–4 October 16, 2014. In the Greek, Paul uses a compound word for “no” (oudeis) which is even stronger than the normal word for ‘no.’ Paul is affirming that there is absolutely no condemnation for the believer. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Yielding, submitting, and surrendering our lives to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Third, we see condemnation of sin by God the Father. 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you [] free from the law of sin and death. It shows us the frustration of trying to go back and live under law. The "flesh" is still resident in our "bodies of sin" and continues to war against the Spirit in us, and there will be times when we will allow it to control us. All the righteous character of God can now be supplied fully in us, because the Holy Spirit lives in us to produce that character as we walk "according to the Spirit.". 8 T here is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, a who 1 do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Notice that Paul writes, “there is now no condemnation.” “Now” is a word that denotes time. The Ministry of Steven J. Lawson. 2. The law of the Spirit is higher and more powerful than the law of sin and death. On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’" The law can provoke sin. Regarding Christ’s human conception, the Holy Spirit conceived in Mary, and the result was the Holy offspring (Luke 1:35). It is the Spirit in us, that won’t allow us to get away with sin. The Spirit of God has set us free from the law of sin and death. Think about a big 747 sitting on the runway. These are incredibly important verses that lay a foundation for our understanding of how to live the Christian life. Romans 8:1-4 New International Version (NIV) Life Through the Spirit. 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For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. God has changed us so on the inside with the indwelling Holy Spirit residing within us, that the Spirit now compels us like a magnet towards God and His righteousness. Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” This is a wonderful verse, but unfortunately it is one of the most disputed verses in all of Paul’s letters (Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker The theme of the book, which began in 1:16-17, is that the believer has the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do. Putting one foot in front of the other as we daily live our Christian life. The Holy Spirit has placed you into the Lord Jesus Christ. It is having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. This is very important, because it tells us that justification and liberation are inseparably bound together. How? It is Christ’s Spirit that gravitates us towards the Father and to what the Father wills in our life. Now, it can only operate when it is put under law by our own foolish choices. Please use these sermons to dig deeper into God's Word as your faith is strengthened. There is some alteration with the practice of Sabbath, but we still are to prioritize Sunday as the Lord’s Day and worship the Lord with God’s people on Sunday. The vaults of heaven are contained in this one chapter. Jesus had to enter the human race in order to deliver us from the power of sin in our life. Jesus was “born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law” (Galatians 4:4-5). Apart from the law, the flesh is idle. We must be consciously aware of our own weakness and purposefully live yielded to the lordship of Christ. It is so rich, and yet so practical, as the whole chapter is about our daily Christian living. Is the Law sin? First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." This is a way of saying that you are justified in the Lord Jesus Christ. What “God did” refers not to the pardon for sin that we need, but to the power He gives us to live the Christian life. Inside the Son is no condemnation. There is no one who is justified who is not at the same time set free from the law of sin and death. You may have been in need of additional biblical teaching about what God had done in your life, but the reality of this change, nevertheless, began in that moment of justification. We must be praying for God to enable us to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit. The "requirement of the Law" refers to the acts of righteousness that the law demands. As we walk through Romans 8, we see the believer’s union with Christ (verse 1), liberation in Christ (verse 2), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (verse 9), regeneration (verses 10-11), mortification of sin (verse 13), adoption by God (verse 15), assurance of salvation (verse 16), inheritance with Christ (verse 17), future glory (verse 18), the intercession of the Holy Spirit (verses 26-27), the providence of God (verse 28), foreknowledge (verse 29), predestination (verses 29-30), effectual call (verses 28, 30), and our eternal security (verses 35-39). Man was hopelessly lost in Adam, and his rebellious flesh repulsed the law. Never condemn yourself. The Spirit is now the operative, dominant, ruling force in our lives. In fact, Paul says, it "has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Acts 13:35: "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘Thou wilt not allow they holy one to undergo decay.’ Both of these are quotes of Psalm 16:8-10. Free from what? We need to ask God, both in our personal prayer life and consciously throughout the day, to give us the power of His Spirit to live in a way that glorifies Him and honors the Lord Jesus Christ. Justification (8:1-4a) is the necessary foundation and motivating cause of sanctification (8:4b). Even in areas where we are not aware of our weakness, the Spirit of God intercedes for us. Not with a sense of coercion or against our will. We have been crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and raised with Christ. God intervened and made provision for our sanctification. “In Christ Jesus” is the common theme in verses one and two. That context is that all people, whether Jew or Gentile have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). They are under the wrath of God and should flee to Christ, believing in Him, so that now there can be no condemnation. Remember back in chapter 5:5 when Paul told us that God loves us so much that He poured out His love in our hearts by sending the Holy Spirit to live there? Well, that’s why we have chapter 7. 1. This law of the Spirit of life "has set us free." Everyone must want to be free, independent and have the opportunity to do what he wants and what he likes. (4) The consequence of this was a great change. Subscribe. "Who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1(ISV) Verse Thoughts There is not even the slightest, tiny crumb of condemnation at all those who are in Christ Jesus - those in UNION with Christ – those that have been placed IN Christ at rebirth – those who have been born-again – those that have been sealed by the Spirit - those that have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT (Romans 8: 1-4) There is not a single human being in this world who wants to be enslaved! He was baptized to have his sins washed away by the blood of Christ. It’s not hard to see why. For instance, gravity. Let not be enslaved, detained for the whole day no one will. Because their salvation is actually begun in the regeneration and sanctification of their hearts by the holy spirit. Romans 5:1: "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The law of sin is that principle in us that pulls us downward into death and that used to control and condemn us. Living under the law and living under God’s transforming grace is the difference in trusting God or in trusting in ourselves. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. "Not after the flesh." Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. ", First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." "Therefore now nothing of condemnation is to them that be in Christ Jesus, which wander not after the flesh," (Wycliffe). Further, Dr. Lawson serves as the Executive Editor for Expositor Magazine published by OnePassion Ministries. The Holy Spirit of God enlivens, empowers, and enables us to live the Christian life. Consequently, I feel that it’s in the Pauline letters that we have to garner basically the fundamental truths for Salvation, for … Why would He do that? Paul writes, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.” (verse 3). In the religious arena, putting our confidence in the flesh deceives us so that we think we can do something that would please God in our own power. What the Law could not do, the Spirit of God is working out within us, both to will and to work for God’s own pleasure. The Law is being realized and fulfilled in us as we live in obedience to what God requires. And if you apply the law of gravity to that fact, then it is impossible for that plane to fly. But, here he seems to be saying something else. We must intentionally choose to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit and rely upon His power. We are no longer in Adam, but we are now in Christ and His Spirit and life is in us. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Sin had to bow to its victor, the inherently holy Lord Jesus Christ. In the womb, Jesus took upon Himself a human nature. God has intervened. THERE IS THEREFORE NO CONDEMNATION 1-5. Religious people miss salvation when they do not trust in Christ as their righteousness (10:4). The spin of the earth causes the rock to be pulled toward the ground. We have established the fact that the law is good, righteous and Holy. There is now no condemnation. The role of the Holy Spirit. But the law cannot produce the righteousness it required. Go back to the law of gravity. a. 3. Listen to Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:16: "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man." First, intentionally. “No condemnation” actually means a positive justification. "There is" is in italics, which strengthens the meaning that there is absolutely no condemnation to those in Christ. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4). Christ would have to be cast into hell forever in order for the believer to be cast into hell forever. Paul left his old life of sin and human tradition. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board. Fourth, obediently. Jesus always remained holy. It has no control over us unless we foolishly fall into the trap of performance and law, which is the beachhead for this principle to operate. We are to walk “according to…the Spirit” (verse 4). There is nothing wrong with the Law. When God says, “no condemnation,” it is irrevocable, irreversible, declared by God to be true forever. What did the Father do? The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. Remember Galatians 5:22? It sweetens the reality of where we are as believers. Paul … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" Before the elect were converted to Christ, we were under the condemnation and wrath of God. The noose that was once around our neck was removed by Christ. When Satan came to wave his wand of temptation, nothing in Jesus responded. But now, there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Broken home, horrible fights between my mom and dad. To be attached to Him. The transcripts and audio of these sermons have been provided for your enjoyment. Hitherto the Law could not be kept because of the antagonistic influence of the flesh; henceforth it may be kept for the reason that this influence has ceased and that its place is taken by the influence of the Spirit. Condemnation has buried in it the word judgment; literally … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" It is at this point many believers would say, "I’m in trouble if I’m supposed to be dead to the power of sin!! He was in the flesh, yes, but not sinful flesh. This chapter is all about the Holy Spirit’s impact on the life of the believer. And when we put our confidence in our flesh again it is disastrous. “In the flesh” refers to Jesus’s human nature. God requires all believers in all ages to abide by this moral law. A law is the principle by which something operates. 1. We must be aware of our need for the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul continues in verse 4, “So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” “So that” (hina) means ‘in order that.’ It denotes the purpose. Nulla igitur condemnatio est iis qui sunt in Christo Iesu, qui non secumdum carnem ambulant, sed secundum Spiritum. The law can expose sin. As we are sitting at our desk, driving our car, talking with others, arriving at home, disciplining our children, and communicating with our wives, we must be consciously aware and dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live in a God-honoring way. This law of the Spirit “has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” This is the emancipation in which you and I were set free from another governing principle that once dictated our life, the law of sin and death. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus came into this world with a body similar to ours but not exactly like ours. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 - "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." The Lord Jesus Christ. “ intercedes for us ” and prays for us ''... 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God has called him being smaller and poor, I was teased a lot which made me shy introverted... {{ links" /> > Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 8:1-17 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. We can still sin, but sin is now a choice. What I want to argue in this paper is that the key to understanding the use of Psalm 32 in Romans 4 is discerning the flow of the argument in Romans 4 itself. And chapter 6 hasn’t helped you much. The only person who ever could was Jesus Christ Himself. Outside of the Son is condemnation. Therefore “the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead…will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (v. 11). First of all, in verses 1-4 we see that we are forever free from the condemnation of the Law. Romans 8:4 tells us: "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Fleeing from the wrath of God is a legitimate motivation for turning to Christ, because God’s wrath is a real thing. What was exactly like ours was He was totally God in the flesh. It could in no way save, nor could it sanctify. Sometimes you hear bad Christian teaching that you can be justified, yet continue to live a life of sin. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. A. Romans 8:13 is surrounded by definitions put there to help us understand. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore—he just sits and stares.". Being “set free from the law of sin and of death” has put you on a new course with a new governing power in your life. Subscribe. The word "likeness" here means exactly the same, but be careful or you could miss this. 1John1:5: "And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all." “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (verse 2). The Christian has been “set free from the law of sin and of death.” There has been a break from your old way of life. We must pray that we would react to people in a God-honoring way, that we would answer people in a way that honors the Lord, that we would make the right choices and keep the right priorities. The Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of life” (verse 2). “We now walk “according to the Spirit.” We now live by the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not submit to God’s law nor can it do so. (Romans 8:1–4) Romans 8 provides us with the climactic argument of the probatio , or the arguments for the case Paul wants to make with his Roman audience. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. Acts 2:27: "Because thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow thy holy one to undergo decay." From 6:14 to 7:25 we saw how Paul shows us why it is that people who are free from the power of sin are still defeated by it. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul is continuing to explain how it can be that God will never condemn those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Then, Romans 8 shows us our ongoing victory in the Holy Spirit. It commands us to work "in the energy of our flesh," and then condemns all that we do. 1. Close. Then maybe a few years later, you will finally decide to be committed and change your life. By saying the "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," Paul refers to the principle of how the life of Christ is now in us, in the presence of His Spirit, works in us. The Bible says that we are already seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). It began the moment we entered this world. To fill up what was otherwise empty. It is the Spirit of God who gives us the assurance of salvation. Because you are in Christ, Christ Himself would have to be condemned before you could be condemned. Remember we have seen that we are either "in Adam" or we are "in Christ." To be “in Christ Jesus” means that you have union and communion with Christ. Romans 8:1–4 Life in the Spirit 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He has described the context in which the righteousness of God has been revealed (Romans 1:16-32). His human nature was sinless because it was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by Adam’s seed. We cannot pull this off in our own strength. We entered into this new state of “no condemnation” when we believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. Then in 5:18 he says, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,", Jesus, knowing our desperate condition as human beings, said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.". We still have our "body of sin" with the inordinate passions of the flesh, but it is powerless to control us like it once did. Being smaller and poor, I was teased a lot which made me shy and introverted. The literal wording is “and for sin.” The wording is emphatic and to the point. He does in and through us what our flesh has been shown it cannot do. Verse 1 begins with the word “therefore.” Paul reaches back and pulls forward the entire book of Romans to this point. It is an entire chapter about the spiritual victory and eternal security that we have in Jesus Christ. That is a reality. We are not free to live however we want. One Passion Ministries, PO Box 601649, Dallas, TX 75360Email: contact@onepassionministries.org | 214-269-1819© OnePassion Ministries. In verses 1, 30, and 33, we have justification. The first half of Romans 8 is all about the Holy Spirit’s work in our life as a Christian. Then Paul explains what God did, “sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” Please note that He did not send His Son in sinful flesh. She’d barely said "hello" when suppppppppp... Chippie got sucked in. It is by the inner working of the Holy Spirit who testifies to our spirit that we are children of God. You see, they make the mistake of going back under the law, trusting in their own ability. Fifth, prayerfully. It identifies "those who are in Christ Jesus": "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." explaining the meaning of Psalm 32 in its OT context. Romans 8:1–4 October 16, 2014. In the Greek, Paul uses a compound word for “no” (oudeis) which is even stronger than the normal word for ‘no.’ Paul is affirming that there is absolutely no condemnation for the believer. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Yielding, submitting, and surrendering our lives to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Third, we see condemnation of sin by God the Father. 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you [] free from the law of sin and death. It shows us the frustration of trying to go back and live under law. The "flesh" is still resident in our "bodies of sin" and continues to war against the Spirit in us, and there will be times when we will allow it to control us. All the righteous character of God can now be supplied fully in us, because the Holy Spirit lives in us to produce that character as we walk "according to the Spirit.". 8 T here is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, a who 1 do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Notice that Paul writes, “there is now no condemnation.” “Now” is a word that denotes time. The Ministry of Steven J. Lawson. 2. The law of the Spirit is higher and more powerful than the law of sin and death. On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’" The law can provoke sin. Regarding Christ’s human conception, the Holy Spirit conceived in Mary, and the result was the Holy offspring (Luke 1:35). It is the Spirit in us, that won’t allow us to get away with sin. The Spirit of God has set us free from the law of sin and death. Think about a big 747 sitting on the runway. These are incredibly important verses that lay a foundation for our understanding of how to live the Christian life. Romans 8:1-4 New International Version (NIV) Life Through the Spirit. 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For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. God has changed us so on the inside with the indwelling Holy Spirit residing within us, that the Spirit now compels us like a magnet towards God and His righteousness. Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” This is a wonderful verse, but unfortunately it is one of the most disputed verses in all of Paul’s letters (Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker The theme of the book, which began in 1:16-17, is that the believer has the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do. Putting one foot in front of the other as we daily live our Christian life. The Holy Spirit has placed you into the Lord Jesus Christ. It is having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. This is very important, because it tells us that justification and liberation are inseparably bound together. How? It is Christ’s Spirit that gravitates us towards the Father and to what the Father wills in our life. Now, it can only operate when it is put under law by our own foolish choices. Please use these sermons to dig deeper into God's Word as your faith is strengthened. There is some alteration with the practice of Sabbath, but we still are to prioritize Sunday as the Lord’s Day and worship the Lord with God’s people on Sunday. The vaults of heaven are contained in this one chapter. Jesus had to enter the human race in order to deliver us from the power of sin in our life. Jesus was “born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law” (Galatians 4:4-5). Apart from the law, the flesh is idle. We must be consciously aware of our own weakness and purposefully live yielded to the lordship of Christ. It is so rich, and yet so practical, as the whole chapter is about our daily Christian living. Is the Law sin? First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." This is a way of saying that you are justified in the Lord Jesus Christ. What “God did” refers not to the pardon for sin that we need, but to the power He gives us to live the Christian life. Inside the Son is no condemnation. There is no one who is justified who is not at the same time set free from the law of sin and death. You may have been in need of additional biblical teaching about what God had done in your life, but the reality of this change, nevertheless, began in that moment of justification. We must be praying for God to enable us to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit. The "requirement of the Law" refers to the acts of righteousness that the law demands. As we walk through Romans 8, we see the believer’s union with Christ (verse 1), liberation in Christ (verse 2), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (verse 9), regeneration (verses 10-11), mortification of sin (verse 13), adoption by God (verse 15), assurance of salvation (verse 16), inheritance with Christ (verse 17), future glory (verse 18), the intercession of the Holy Spirit (verses 26-27), the providence of God (verse 28), foreknowledge (verse 29), predestination (verses 29-30), effectual call (verses 28, 30), and our eternal security (verses 35-39). Man was hopelessly lost in Adam, and his rebellious flesh repulsed the law. Never condemn yourself. The Spirit is now the operative, dominant, ruling force in our lives. In fact, Paul says, it "has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Acts 13:35: "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘Thou wilt not allow they holy one to undergo decay.’ Both of these are quotes of Psalm 16:8-10. Free from what? We need to ask God, both in our personal prayer life and consciously throughout the day, to give us the power of His Spirit to live in a way that glorifies Him and honors the Lord Jesus Christ. Justification (8:1-4a) is the necessary foundation and motivating cause of sanctification (8:4b). Even in areas where we are not aware of our weakness, the Spirit of God intercedes for us. Not with a sense of coercion or against our will. We have been crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and raised with Christ. God intervened and made provision for our sanctification. “In Christ Jesus” is the common theme in verses one and two. That context is that all people, whether Jew or Gentile have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). They are under the wrath of God and should flee to Christ, believing in Him, so that now there can be no condemnation. Remember back in chapter 5:5 when Paul told us that God loves us so much that He poured out His love in our hearts by sending the Holy Spirit to live there? Well, that’s why we have chapter 7. 1. This law of the Spirit of life "has set us free." Everyone must want to be free, independent and have the opportunity to do what he wants and what he likes. (4) The consequence of this was a great change. Subscribe. "Who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1(ISV) Verse Thoughts There is not even the slightest, tiny crumb of condemnation at all those who are in Christ Jesus - those in UNION with Christ – those that have been placed IN Christ at rebirth – those who have been born-again – those that have been sealed by the Spirit - those that have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT (Romans 8: 1-4) There is not a single human being in this world who wants to be enslaved! He was baptized to have his sins washed away by the blood of Christ. It’s not hard to see why. For instance, gravity. Let not be enslaved, detained for the whole day no one will. Because their salvation is actually begun in the regeneration and sanctification of their hearts by the holy spirit. Romans 5:1: "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The law of sin is that principle in us that pulls us downward into death and that used to control and condemn us. Living under the law and living under God’s transforming grace is the difference in trusting God or in trusting in ourselves. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. "Not after the flesh." Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. ", First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." "Therefore now nothing of condemnation is to them that be in Christ Jesus, which wander not after the flesh," (Wycliffe). Further, Dr. Lawson serves as the Executive Editor for Expositor Magazine published by OnePassion Ministries. The Holy Spirit of God enlivens, empowers, and enables us to live the Christian life. Consequently, I feel that it’s in the Pauline letters that we have to garner basically the fundamental truths for Salvation, for … Why would He do that? Paul writes, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.” (verse 3). In the religious arena, putting our confidence in the flesh deceives us so that we think we can do something that would please God in our own power. What the Law could not do, the Spirit of God is working out within us, both to will and to work for God’s own pleasure. The Law is being realized and fulfilled in us as we live in obedience to what God requires. And if you apply the law of gravity to that fact, then it is impossible for that plane to fly. But, here he seems to be saying something else. We must intentionally choose to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit and rely upon His power. We are no longer in Adam, but we are now in Christ and His Spirit and life is in us. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Sin had to bow to its victor, the inherently holy Lord Jesus Christ. In the womb, Jesus took upon Himself a human nature. God has intervened. THERE IS THEREFORE NO CONDEMNATION 1-5. Religious people miss salvation when they do not trust in Christ as their righteousness (10:4). The spin of the earth causes the rock to be pulled toward the ground. We have established the fact that the law is good, righteous and Holy. There is now no condemnation. The role of the Holy Spirit. But the law cannot produce the righteousness it required. Go back to the law of gravity. a. 3. Listen to Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:16: "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man." First, intentionally. “No condemnation” actually means a positive justification. "There is" is in italics, which strengthens the meaning that there is absolutely no condemnation to those in Christ. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4). Christ would have to be cast into hell forever in order for the believer to be cast into hell forever. Paul left his old life of sin and human tradition. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board. Fourth, obediently. Jesus always remained holy. It has no control over us unless we foolishly fall into the trap of performance and law, which is the beachhead for this principle to operate. We are to walk “according to…the Spirit” (verse 4). There is nothing wrong with the Law. When God says, “no condemnation,” it is irrevocable, irreversible, declared by God to be true forever. What did the Father do? The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. Remember Galatians 5:22? It sweetens the reality of where we are as believers. Paul … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" Before the elect were converted to Christ, we were under the condemnation and wrath of God. The noose that was once around our neck was removed by Christ. When Satan came to wave his wand of temptation, nothing in Jesus responded. But now, there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Broken home, horrible fights between my mom and dad. To be attached to Him. The transcripts and audio of these sermons have been provided for your enjoyment. Hitherto the Law could not be kept because of the antagonistic influence of the flesh; henceforth it may be kept for the reason that this influence has ceased and that its place is taken by the influence of the Spirit. Condemnation has buried in it the word judgment; literally … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" It is at this point many believers would say, "I’m in trouble if I’m supposed to be dead to the power of sin!! He was in the flesh, yes, but not sinful flesh. This chapter is all about the Holy Spirit’s impact on the life of the believer. And when we put our confidence in our flesh again it is disastrous. “In the flesh” refers to Jesus’s human nature. God requires all believers in all ages to abide by this moral law. A law is the principle by which something operates. 1. We must be aware of our need for the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul continues in verse 4, “So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” “So that” (hina) means ‘in order that.’ It denotes the purpose. Nulla igitur condemnatio est iis qui sunt in Christo Iesu, qui non secumdum carnem ambulant, sed secundum Spiritum. The law can expose sin. As we are sitting at our desk, driving our car, talking with others, arriving at home, disciplining our children, and communicating with our wives, we must be consciously aware and dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live in a God-honoring way. This law of the Spirit “has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” This is the emancipation in which you and I were set free from another governing principle that once dictated our life, the law of sin and death. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus came into this world with a body similar to ours but not exactly like ours. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 - "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." The Lord Jesus Christ. “ intercedes for us ” and prays for us ''... 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This is why we need the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep the Law. We can rest assured that, as those who are in Christ Jesus, we have no condemnation before God. God is with the definite article—God the Father, Himself, did what needed to be done. Dr. Lawson is also Professor in Residence for Truth Remains, a work designed to promote and proclaim God’s written Word. Apple YouTube Email. The following are sermons and messages Dr. Steven J. Lawson delivered through various the books of the Bible. That’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart. His body had no inordinate desires as ours have. As you can see, there is a short form, which is found in the manuscripts used … It is already a done deal. Our mind is to be set on “the things of the Spirit” (verse 5). "For those who are in Christ Jesus." It could not produce the righteousness it required. The scope of Ro 8:1-4 is to show how "the law of sin and death" is deprived of its power to bring believers again into bondage, and how the holy law of God receives in them the homage of a living obedience [Calvin, Fraser, Philippi, Meyer, Alford, &c.]. This can only be realized in our Christian lives as we walk according to the Spirit. The Law has power to tell us what to do, but it does not give us the power to do it. In Romans chapter 8, the apostle Paul takes us from the valley of despair and defeat of trying to live under the law, to the heights of what it means to live the victorious Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul presents the doctrine of sanctification in Romans 6-8, with chapter 8 being the crowning piece. Everything that is true of Christ is now true of you regarding all that He has provided. 1. Paul starts off by saying, "There is therefore now no condemnation." By this, God the Father condemned sin and pronounced a judgment upon the power of sin in our life such that it is no longer the dominant ruling force in our lives. This is what Paul means when he writes, “weak as it was through the flesh.” This weakness refers to the impotence of the Law to enable us to do what it requires. This truth frees us to live the Christian life. 2. God’s holy Law requires obedience. We do not live perfectly, but we do live in stark contrast to the way we used to live. But, when you look at the power of it’s engines, and watch it take off, you realize that there is a higher law in force, which does not deny the law of gravity but it simply supercedes it. She reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air. “The flesh” refers to our own human limitation. Paul puts his arms around the entirety of our Christian life. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. Jesus was sent by the Father in the likeness of human flesh to deal with sin in our lives. The "flesh" of man is contaminated with the disease of sin. Romans 8:4 tells us: "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. This requires our prayer, participation, and responsibility. There is this new principle, a new governing force and influence that is the Holy Spirit, and He gives us new life that is in Christ Jesus. However, Torah is powerless because, while it can teach you right from wrong (Psalm 119:105), it can't change the heart, only His Spirit can do that. Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Dr. Lawson is also a Teaching Fellow for Ligonier Ministries, where he serves on its board. "Now," is when we put our faith into the Lord Jesus Christ, and "no condemnation" means the result of judgment itself, here referring to "death" eternally. The law was powerless to save us. My flesh is defeating me on a daily basis. Romans 8:1-4 A. Verse 1 . We must admit and confess our constant need for the Spirit’s help. Until this point in Romans, Paul has taken his hearers through the “shadowlands” of the faith. It is the Holy Spirit who “intercedes for us” and prays for us according to our weaknesses (verses 26-27). This is beautiful. The weakness is in us. The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. Even our resisting temptation and putting sin to death is by the enablement of the Holy Spirit. We have the “first fruits of the Spirit,” which is our adoption into the family of God (verse 23). It is summed up in Romans 13:9: "For this, ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’". There are several things it is good for and can do. It clearly implies that before now, there was condemnation. Go on to verse 3: "For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh." What does he mean by the "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus"? Justification and sanctification cannot be separated. At home, at work, at play, there is no timeout or time off from walking according to the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit inclines us toward obedience and empowers us to live in a way that is compliant with the word of God. To be in Christ is to be an organ in His Body. Without the Spirit, we are like a paraplegic who cannot take one step. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. John Calvin put it this way, “As Christ cannot be divided, so also these two blessings which we receive together in Him are also inseparable.” Christ cannot be divided and neither can these two blessings be divided. The noose has been removed from your neck, and there is now no eternal death sentence for you. A few days after the trauma, the reporter who’d initially written about the event contacted Chippie’s owner to see how the bird was recovering. Romans 8:1, NASB: "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." The moment we believed in Christ, God said, “No condemnation,” and at the very same moment He also set us free from the law of sin and death. We must keep and obey the Law from our heart, meaning willingly, joyfully, voluntarily. We are dead to that kind of living. I’m free in the Spirit of God. Paul reassures the Roman Christians that they “are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit” (v. 9). You are members of Christ’s body. And in verses 18-39, we have glorification. The story goes like this. The deity of Christ goes back to eternity past and is without beginning. The word “no” is the most important word in this verse. And in verses 3-4, we see condemnation by the Father. We are not to covet our neighbor’s wife and possessions. First, the Good News: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The Greek is even stronger, since the very first word is no. You realize that it weighs more than you and I can comprehend. Because God has forgiven all our sins through Christ’s death and because He has imparted new life to us through the Holy Spirit, we now do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. The chapter begins in verse 1 with “no condemnation” and ends in verse 39 with “no separation.” Nothing could be more positive than this. What is the connection of the opening verses (Romans 8:1-4) to the previous verses (Romans In verses 2-17, we have sanctification. Before you go to heaven, you have already been to heaven. Second, continually. Home >> Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 8:1-17 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. We can still sin, but sin is now a choice. What I want to argue in this paper is that the key to understanding the use of Psalm 32 in Romans 4 is discerning the flow of the argument in Romans 4 itself. And chapter 6 hasn’t helped you much. The only person who ever could was Jesus Christ Himself. Outside of the Son is condemnation. Therefore “the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead…will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (v. 11). First of all, in verses 1-4 we see that we are forever free from the condemnation of the Law. Romans 8:4 tells us: "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Fleeing from the wrath of God is a legitimate motivation for turning to Christ, because God’s wrath is a real thing. What was exactly like ours was He was totally God in the flesh. It could in no way save, nor could it sanctify. Sometimes you hear bad Christian teaching that you can be justified, yet continue to live a life of sin. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. A. Romans 8:13 is surrounded by definitions put there to help us understand. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore—he just sits and stares.". Being “set free from the law of sin and of death” has put you on a new course with a new governing power in your life. Subscribe. The word "likeness" here means exactly the same, but be careful or you could miss this. 1John1:5: "And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all." “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (verse 2). The Christian has been “set free from the law of sin and of death.” There has been a break from your old way of life. We must pray that we would react to people in a God-honoring way, that we would answer people in a way that honors the Lord, that we would make the right choices and keep the right priorities. The Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of life” (verse 2). “We now walk “according to the Spirit.” We now live by the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not submit to God’s law nor can it do so. (Romans 8:1–4) Romans 8 provides us with the climactic argument of the probatio , or the arguments for the case Paul wants to make with his Roman audience. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. Acts 2:27: "Because thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow thy holy one to undergo decay." From 6:14 to 7:25 we saw how Paul shows us why it is that people who are free from the power of sin are still defeated by it. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul is continuing to explain how it can be that God will never condemn those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Then, Romans 8 shows us our ongoing victory in the Holy Spirit. It commands us to work "in the energy of our flesh," and then condemns all that we do. 1. Close. Then maybe a few years later, you will finally decide to be committed and change your life. By saying the "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," Paul refers to the principle of how the life of Christ is now in us, in the presence of His Spirit, works in us. The Bible says that we are already seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). It began the moment we entered this world. To fill up what was otherwise empty. It is the Spirit of God who gives us the assurance of salvation. Because you are in Christ, Christ Himself would have to be condemned before you could be condemned. Remember we have seen that we are either "in Adam" or we are "in Christ." To be “in Christ Jesus” means that you have union and communion with Christ. Romans 8:1–4 Life in the Spirit 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He has described the context in which the righteousness of God has been revealed (Romans 1:16-32). His human nature was sinless because it was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by Adam’s seed. We cannot pull this off in our own strength. We entered into this new state of “no condemnation” when we believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. Then in 5:18 he says, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,", Jesus, knowing our desperate condition as human beings, said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.". We still have our "body of sin" with the inordinate passions of the flesh, but it is powerless to control us like it once did. Being smaller and poor, I was teased a lot which made me shy and introverted. The literal wording is “and for sin.” The wording is emphatic and to the point. He does in and through us what our flesh has been shown it cannot do. Verse 1 begins with the word “therefore.” Paul reaches back and pulls forward the entire book of Romans to this point. It is an entire chapter about the spiritual victory and eternal security that we have in Jesus Christ. That is a reality. We are not free to live however we want. One Passion Ministries, PO Box 601649, Dallas, TX 75360Email: contact@onepassionministries.org | 214-269-1819© OnePassion Ministries. In verses 1, 30, and 33, we have justification. The first half of Romans 8 is all about the Holy Spirit’s work in our life as a Christian. Then Paul explains what God did, “sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” Please note that He did not send His Son in sinful flesh. She’d barely said "hello" when suppppppppp... Chippie got sucked in. It is by the inner working of the Holy Spirit who testifies to our spirit that we are children of God. You see, they make the mistake of going back under the law, trusting in their own ability. Fifth, prayerfully. It identifies "those who are in Christ Jesus": "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." explaining the meaning of Psalm 32 in its OT context. Romans 8:1–4 October 16, 2014. In the Greek, Paul uses a compound word for “no” (oudeis) which is even stronger than the normal word for ‘no.’ Paul is affirming that there is absolutely no condemnation for the believer. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Yielding, submitting, and surrendering our lives to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Third, we see condemnation of sin by God the Father. 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you [] free from the law of sin and death. It shows us the frustration of trying to go back and live under law. The "flesh" is still resident in our "bodies of sin" and continues to war against the Spirit in us, and there will be times when we will allow it to control us. All the righteous character of God can now be supplied fully in us, because the Holy Spirit lives in us to produce that character as we walk "according to the Spirit.". 8 T here is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, a who 1 do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Notice that Paul writes, “there is now no condemnation.” “Now” is a word that denotes time. The Ministry of Steven J. Lawson. 2. The law of the Spirit is higher and more powerful than the law of sin and death. On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’" The law can provoke sin. Regarding Christ’s human conception, the Holy Spirit conceived in Mary, and the result was the Holy offspring (Luke 1:35). It is the Spirit in us, that won’t allow us to get away with sin. The Spirit of God has set us free from the law of sin and death. Think about a big 747 sitting on the runway. These are incredibly important verses that lay a foundation for our understanding of how to live the Christian life. Romans 8:1-4 New International Version (NIV) Life Through the Spirit. 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For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. God has changed us so on the inside with the indwelling Holy Spirit residing within us, that the Spirit now compels us like a magnet towards God and His righteousness. Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” This is a wonderful verse, but unfortunately it is one of the most disputed verses in all of Paul’s letters (Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker The theme of the book, which began in 1:16-17, is that the believer has the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do. Putting one foot in front of the other as we daily live our Christian life. The Holy Spirit has placed you into the Lord Jesus Christ. It is having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. This is very important, because it tells us that justification and liberation are inseparably bound together. How? It is Christ’s Spirit that gravitates us towards the Father and to what the Father wills in our life. Now, it can only operate when it is put under law by our own foolish choices. Please use these sermons to dig deeper into God's Word as your faith is strengthened. There is some alteration with the practice of Sabbath, but we still are to prioritize Sunday as the Lord’s Day and worship the Lord with God’s people on Sunday. The vaults of heaven are contained in this one chapter. Jesus had to enter the human race in order to deliver us from the power of sin in our life. Jesus was “born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law” (Galatians 4:4-5). Apart from the law, the flesh is idle. We must be consciously aware of our own weakness and purposefully live yielded to the lordship of Christ. It is so rich, and yet so practical, as the whole chapter is about our daily Christian living. Is the Law sin? First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." This is a way of saying that you are justified in the Lord Jesus Christ. What “God did” refers not to the pardon for sin that we need, but to the power He gives us to live the Christian life. Inside the Son is no condemnation. There is no one who is justified who is not at the same time set free from the law of sin and death. You may have been in need of additional biblical teaching about what God had done in your life, but the reality of this change, nevertheless, began in that moment of justification. We must be praying for God to enable us to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit. The "requirement of the Law" refers to the acts of righteousness that the law demands. As we walk through Romans 8, we see the believer’s union with Christ (verse 1), liberation in Christ (verse 2), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (verse 9), regeneration (verses 10-11), mortification of sin (verse 13), adoption by God (verse 15), assurance of salvation (verse 16), inheritance with Christ (verse 17), future glory (verse 18), the intercession of the Holy Spirit (verses 26-27), the providence of God (verse 28), foreknowledge (verse 29), predestination (verses 29-30), effectual call (verses 28, 30), and our eternal security (verses 35-39). Man was hopelessly lost in Adam, and his rebellious flesh repulsed the law. Never condemn yourself. The Spirit is now the operative, dominant, ruling force in our lives. In fact, Paul says, it "has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Acts 13:35: "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘Thou wilt not allow they holy one to undergo decay.’ Both of these are quotes of Psalm 16:8-10. Free from what? We need to ask God, both in our personal prayer life and consciously throughout the day, to give us the power of His Spirit to live in a way that glorifies Him and honors the Lord Jesus Christ. Justification (8:1-4a) is the necessary foundation and motivating cause of sanctification (8:4b). Even in areas where we are not aware of our weakness, the Spirit of God intercedes for us. Not with a sense of coercion or against our will. We have been crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and raised with Christ. God intervened and made provision for our sanctification. “In Christ Jesus” is the common theme in verses one and two. That context is that all people, whether Jew or Gentile have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). They are under the wrath of God and should flee to Christ, believing in Him, so that now there can be no condemnation. Remember back in chapter 5:5 when Paul told us that God loves us so much that He poured out His love in our hearts by sending the Holy Spirit to live there? Well, that’s why we have chapter 7. 1. This law of the Spirit of life "has set us free." Everyone must want to be free, independent and have the opportunity to do what he wants and what he likes. (4) The consequence of this was a great change. Subscribe. "Who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1(ISV) Verse Thoughts There is not even the slightest, tiny crumb of condemnation at all those who are in Christ Jesus - those in UNION with Christ – those that have been placed IN Christ at rebirth – those who have been born-again – those that have been sealed by the Spirit - those that have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT (Romans 8: 1-4) There is not a single human being in this world who wants to be enslaved! He was baptized to have his sins washed away by the blood of Christ. It’s not hard to see why. For instance, gravity. Let not be enslaved, detained for the whole day no one will. Because their salvation is actually begun in the regeneration and sanctification of their hearts by the holy spirit. Romans 5:1: "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The law of sin is that principle in us that pulls us downward into death and that used to control and condemn us. Living under the law and living under God’s transforming grace is the difference in trusting God or in trusting in ourselves. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. "Not after the flesh." Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. ", First we see that Jesus died "in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us." "Therefore now nothing of condemnation is to them that be in Christ Jesus, which wander not after the flesh," (Wycliffe). Further, Dr. Lawson serves as the Executive Editor for Expositor Magazine published by OnePassion Ministries. The Holy Spirit of God enlivens, empowers, and enables us to live the Christian life. Consequently, I feel that it’s in the Pauline letters that we have to garner basically the fundamental truths for Salvation, for … Why would He do that? Paul writes, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.” (verse 3). In the religious arena, putting our confidence in the flesh deceives us so that we think we can do something that would please God in our own power. What the Law could not do, the Spirit of God is working out within us, both to will and to work for God’s own pleasure. The Law is being realized and fulfilled in us as we live in obedience to what God requires. And if you apply the law of gravity to that fact, then it is impossible for that plane to fly. But, here he seems to be saying something else. We must intentionally choose to walk according to the power of the Holy Spirit and rely upon His power. We are no longer in Adam, but we are now in Christ and His Spirit and life is in us. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Sin had to bow to its victor, the inherently holy Lord Jesus Christ. In the womb, Jesus took upon Himself a human nature. God has intervened. THERE IS THEREFORE NO CONDEMNATION 1-5. Religious people miss salvation when they do not trust in Christ as their righteousness (10:4). The spin of the earth causes the rock to be pulled toward the ground. We have established the fact that the law is good, righteous and Holy. There is now no condemnation. The role of the Holy Spirit. But the law cannot produce the righteousness it required. Go back to the law of gravity. a. 3. Listen to Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:16: "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man." First, intentionally. “No condemnation” actually means a positive justification. "There is" is in italics, which strengthens the meaning that there is absolutely no condemnation to those in Christ. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4). Christ would have to be cast into hell forever in order for the believer to be cast into hell forever. Paul left his old life of sin and human tradition. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board. Fourth, obediently. Jesus always remained holy. It has no control over us unless we foolishly fall into the trap of performance and law, which is the beachhead for this principle to operate. We are to walk “according to…the Spirit” (verse 4). There is nothing wrong with the Law. When God says, “no condemnation,” it is irrevocable, irreversible, declared by God to be true forever. What did the Father do? The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. Remember Galatians 5:22? It sweetens the reality of where we are as believers. Paul … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" Before the elect were converted to Christ, we were under the condemnation and wrath of God. The noose that was once around our neck was removed by Christ. When Satan came to wave his wand of temptation, nothing in Jesus responded. But now, there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Broken home, horrible fights between my mom and dad. To be attached to Him. The transcripts and audio of these sermons have been provided for your enjoyment. Hitherto the Law could not be kept because of the antagonistic influence of the flesh; henceforth it may be kept for the reason that this influence has ceased and that its place is taken by the influence of the Spirit. Condemnation has buried in it the word judgment; literally … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:1-11" It is at this point many believers would say, "I’m in trouble if I’m supposed to be dead to the power of sin!! He was in the flesh, yes, but not sinful flesh. This chapter is all about the Holy Spirit’s impact on the life of the believer. And when we put our confidence in our flesh again it is disastrous. “In the flesh” refers to Jesus’s human nature. God requires all believers in all ages to abide by this moral law. A law is the principle by which something operates. 1. We must be aware of our need for the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul continues in verse 4, “So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” “So that” (hina) means ‘in order that.’ It denotes the purpose. Nulla igitur condemnatio est iis qui sunt in Christo Iesu, qui non secumdum carnem ambulant, sed secundum Spiritum. The law can expose sin. As we are sitting at our desk, driving our car, talking with others, arriving at home, disciplining our children, and communicating with our wives, we must be consciously aware and dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live in a God-honoring way. This law of the Spirit “has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” This is the emancipation in which you and I were set free from another governing principle that once dictated our life, the law of sin and death. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus came into this world with a body similar to ours but not exactly like ours. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 - "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." The Lord Jesus Christ. “ intercedes for us ” and prays for us ''... 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