The consequences for our spirit – Obedient unto the Spirit of Righteousness
ROMANS 6 – Part 5
So Paul says, we have presented ourselves in coming to faith; we have presented ourselves to Christ as His slave, indebted to Him for the ransom He paid for us with His blood. Since He bought us, we are now His slaves, so we must present ourselves to Him, obeying His desires. Since Christ is inside each of us, His Spirit living in us, then we must obey that perfect sinless spirit. If we are to be good slaves, we must obey that Master Who bought us. Just as we once were slaves to our sinful nature and obeyed it without question. That should be your goal in life… to obey your new master, your sinless spirit, as consistently as you once obeyed your previous master, your sinful spirit. Continue reading
The consequences for our spirit when we receive God’s salvation through faith ROMANS 6 – Part 2
Right away, you reach the core idea of this chapter, the main point of teaching on the consequences of salvation for our spirit. Our old spirit was put to death with Christ and so it has ceased to exist. Paul uses the concept of baptism to explain what happened when we were saved by our faith in Jesus Christ. And to understand this comparison properly, we first need to understand the term baptism properly. The word baptism means a washing and there are two baptisms described in the New Testament. One is spiritual, one is physical. One God does, one we do. One produces a death and rebirth, the other pictures a death and rebirth.
The first baptism the Bible describes is the spirit baptism or the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is a baptism of spirit in the sense that a person is immersed by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God comes to live inside a person, so in that sense the person is completely immersed by the Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit is the moment we are born again, as Jesus said to Nicodemus: Continue reading
The consequences for our spirit when we are saved by faith through God’s grace. ROMANS 6 – Part 1
It’s important to understand our salvation by faith and the consequences for our spirit. Romans chapter 6 begins this series. In this section, Paul explores the ramifications of being saved by being declared justified yet while still living in a sinful body. Paul is wading into a topical area that dominates the concerns of every Christian. These topics arise out of a unique situation, unique in terms of history. In which we all find ourselves, having come to faith in Christ and having obtained our justification, in this case meaning our salvation. And having been declared justified and yet at the same time living is a sinful body and feeling the strain of that sin in our life. We have a new life in Christ but we still feel drawn back into our old life of sin at times. Continue reading