Romans 8:2-8. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:4 begins a sobering discussion contrasting the two ways to live – according the the flesh or according to the Spirit. These are positional truths. There are two kinds of people. YOU are either in the flesh or in the Spirit.
There’s two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig.
Walking according to the flesh is the Fall of man. It’s choosing the knowledge of good and evil over God’s own spiritual life.
Walking according to the Spirit is what life was truly meant to be. It’s the Garden restored.
Walking according to the flesh is law keeping that drains us of the joy of life.
Walking according to the Spirit is freedom that is found in a new law – a law which is a life, Christ’s life. The Spirit’s life. God’s life.
Walking according to the flesh is guilt ridden failure after failure as you run from God.
Walking according to the Spirit is the guilt free life of knowing that no failure can steal your righteousness.
Walking according to the flesh is a mind set upon the self. Self-righteous religion. Self-indulgent lusts. Both are the mindset of the flesh. Both are living by sight only.
Walking according to the Spirit is a mind set upon God. The Trinity. Loving them and receiving their gracious life. This is life by faith not sight.
Walking according to the mindset of the flesh is death.
Walking according to the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace.
Walking according to the flesh is enmity with God. This is a life that opposes God’s grace and therefore can never please God.
Walking according to the Spirit is reconciliation with God. It is a faithful life that is pleasing to God.
Romans 8:9. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.
YOU…ARE…IN THE SPIRIT!
In this passage Paul is NOT describing two mindsets or ways of life trapped in the same person (that was chapter 7). No. Here he is declaring over us what we ARE. We ARE in the Spirit. We ARE indwelt by God. We ARE walking in the Spirit. We have the mind of the Spirit. Period.
Oh wait. There’s an IF.
if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you
If you have placed your faith in Christ, then the Spirit does indwell you. Know it. Consider it. Act on it.
If you haven’t, won’t you turn to Christ today? There’s no better way to live than “to live is Christ.”
You are here/Your spirit lives in me/You’ve opened my eyes to see