Romans 8:1 (NKJV) — 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.
What incredible words to read. If we are in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation for anything. Paul is writing to the Romans and is continuing to make the point that the law can not save us. Only the grace of Jesus Christ can save us. There are no rules we have to follow to be righteous. There are no rituals we have to perform to be justified. If we are in Christ Jesus, we have no condemnation.
It is interesting that Paul does include some evidence of someone walking with Jesus. Those who walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. Paul reiterates what he means by this just a few verses later.
Romans 8:5 (NKJV) — 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, the things of the Spirit.
The evidence of someone in Christ Jesus is where their mind is. I want to be clear about something here. I know where many of your minds immediately jumped. You started to think about that “Christian” that isn’t walking in the Spirit but in the flesh. If that is where your mind went, you have twisted this scripture. Paul is not talking to me about someone else. Paul is talking to me about me. This is not a call to spot the carnal people among you, but to spot the carnality in yourself.
Where is your mind? Is your mind on spiritual things or is it on worldly things? Is your mind at peace with the love of the Spirit or in turmoil with anger and pride? These questions cut me deep. I don’t want to have a mind set on things of the flesh but a mind set on things of the Spirit. So, how do we do that? How do we get rid of the flesh? Paul tells us.
Romans 8:13 (NKJV) — 13 …but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Paul says the only way to put to death the deeds of the body is by the Spirit. That seems to be contrary to how each of us tries to conquer the flesh. We try to put to death the flesh by means of the flesh. We think if we try harder not to sin, we will put to death the old man and no longer sin. So we try harder and harder. All that does is lead to more fleshly thinking and leads to more sin. We must put to death the flesh by the Spirit.
This is done by having our mind set on the Spirit. This is only done by prayer, worship, and study. We are called to be continuously in prayer (1 Thess 5:17). We are to always be in conversation with the Lord. We should be seeking God’s guidance in every decision we make, every word we say, every thought we have. We should be asking for more of the Spirit. Worship aligns our heart to hear from the spirit. We owe God worship (Ps 29:2) and the more we worship God, the more in tune with the Spirit our minds will be. We should also be in his word. The word is where everything we hear and think and do should be weighed. It is scripture that teaches us what righteousness is (2 Tim 3:16-17). It is scripture that shows us the promises of God. It is scripture that proves His faithfulness. By these three things, we will find ourselves with a mind set on the Spirit.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – 1 Corinthians 15-16
- Day 2 – 2 Corinthians 1-4
- Day 3 – 2 Corinthians 5-9
- Day 4 – 2 Corinthians 10-13
- Day 5 – Galatians 1-3
- Day 6 – Galatians 4-6
- Day 7 – Ephesians 1-3