The Power of the Spirit of Life in Jesus
What kind of power does the Spirit of Life in Jesus have? There is power to set the captive free! Who is the captive? At one time we all were; some still are! But now we can all be free from all sin and condemnation!
Text: Romans 8:1-8KJV
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
1. Verses 1-2. Power to take away condemnation!
a. Since Jesus came into my heart! “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought. Since Jesus came into my heart!” He changes us He forgives us! But we must also do some different things.
John 3:18KJV (tile 6)
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
b. Walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit!
Brother Thomas Trask preached a message at General Council this past year and now the Assemblies of God are using the title of that message for us this year “People of the Spirit” in it he said that we need to become People of the Spirit! We need to be Spirit Led, we need a Passion for Christ! we need to live in Christ we need to walk in Christ! We need to become people of the Spirit!
c. Law of the Spirit of Life is FREEDOM FROM SIN! CONDEMNATION! HELL!
John 8:36KJV (tile7)
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
2. Verse 3-4 Power to send us the Son of God!
a. What the Law couldn’t do- Make man righteous, give life- Jesus did these things!
b. God Sent His Son!
John 3:16-18KJV (tile 8,9)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
c. Now we must walk after the Spirit! Worship in spirit, be filled with His Spirit!
John 4:23-24KJV (tile 10)
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
3. Verse 5-8 Put away the Carnal mind the “Way of the World” put away your habits, and Live in His Power!
a. Those who are after the flesh think about the flesh
Proverbs 23:7KJV (tile 11)
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Romans 6:23KJV (tile 12)
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
b. Those who are after the Spirit have their hearts set on the Spirit!
Romans 12:2KJV (tile 13)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Square Watermelons (tile 14)
by Richard Innes
Albert Lee writes, “I have read how farmers in Zentsuji, Japan are producing full-grown watermelons for shipment-only these are no ordinary melons, they’re square!
“They were placed in tempered-glass cubes while they were still growing. Why would anyone want a square watermelon? They’re much easier to store in a refrigerator.
“It’s amusing to think of how a naturally round watermelon can become square because of the shape of the container in which it’s grown. This reminds me of the forces in the world that exert their influence on us and attempt to shape us. If we meditate on God’s Word daily, it will shape our thoughts and help us grow to be more like Christ. Then we will act in a manner that pleases him. Pressures of the world will continue to try to shape our character, but they will not succeed if God’s Word is changing us from within.”
And if we neglect our spiritual life, get carried away with materialism, feed our minds on mindless TV, run with the wrong crowd, and forget God then these things will shape our lives-not only for time but also for eternity.
c. What is the harm in thinking about the things of life; being carnally minded; being a person who keeps up his “same ole ways”? He is at war is at war against God! He cannot please God!
Romans 8:13-14KJV (tile 15)
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Let me read that 14th verse again!
Romans 8:14KJV (tile 16)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Become one of the sons of God! This morning!!!!!!