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June 22, 2020 2:00 am
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Okay, let's get into today's teaching Romans chapter begin our study with Skip Heitzig, but my favorite authors.
That guy offers goes FT Meyer B. Meyer wrote several books. Let this book. Use an illustration through illustration about two Germans who wanted to climb the Matterhorn and so just for the modern audience, you need to know the Matterhorn is not a mountain in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. That's a replica of a real mound in Switzerland called the Matterhorn that does not have a car that goes around, but they want to climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland. They hired three guides to help them three guides so there's a party five going up beside the Matterhorn when the going up. They decide on the steepest, most slippery part of the mountain to tender to tie themselves together and wrote so they start out with guide traveler guide traveler guide so one guide is in the front. One is in the back tree into is there going up the last man slips and falls.
The guide, but the other four have secured pretty good toeholds into the niches of the ice there holding firm. But then guy number four falls down when he falls he drags number three and number two down so all four men are fallen down, tied to a rope to the head guide who stands firm. The reason he stands firm is because he had driven us spike deep into the ice and he can hold onto that spike deep into the ice and he is holding his ground, which enables the rest of the men to regain their footing the story he tells FB Meyer concluded the story saying I am like one of those men who slept, but thank God I am bound in a living partnership to Christ and because he stands I will never perish.
He stands, I'm okay. He's firm I'm okay. So our punishment is over done. Her position is defined there's 1/3 factor makes a secure and that is about our power, our power is dynamic. Look at verse two for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death for what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh on account of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit. There's a shift there's a focus shift in chapter 8 from chapter 7 that's noteworthy, bulbous personal pronouns in chapter 7, I, I, me, me, my, my, there not here in chapter 8 there is a noticeable absence of personal pronouns and in the place of that the Holy Spirit is all over the chapter he dominates the chapter you could say chapter 8 is the Holy Spirit's chapter in the book of Romans. Up until now there have only been at the most two references to the Holy Spirit in the first seven chapters of the book the room only to run was obscure and was pretty blatant. The first one is chapter 1 verse four where Paul speaks about the spirit of holiness could be a reference to the Holy Spirit. The spirit of holiness. The other one is chapter 5 verse five where he said the love of God is poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. So in the first seven chapters, he mentions the Holy Spirit once maybe twice now in chapter 8 alone, the Holy Spirit shows up almost 20×19 to be exact.
Perhaps 20. So verse four. For example, this is why this is important, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled with the next word in us, not by us in ICC. The difference is not use not your effort is not your work is fulfilled in us, not by us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit capital S that is the Holy Spirit search operate all about the freedom that comes from being in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, share versatile now make sense to you. When Jesus was about to leave before his crucifixion. He told his disciples in the upper room. I'm leaving you not to see me anymore. I'm going away and they became exceedingly bummed out. They became so despondent and then he said this to your advantage that I go away if I was there I got excuse me, Donald thinks there's nothing better than having you Jesus, second person of the Trinity, God in human flesh next to me all the time but he said it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I go away. I will then send the help her, the Holy Spirit, he will be with you. He will be in you, he will guide you into all truth. The Holy Spirit summary verse second Corinthians 317 where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom there is freedom all that sounds good but I hope you're asking. There is freedom. How will. I'm glad you asked. Verse two answers the question for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh on account of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit. Now you got, what did he just say explain this in verse two, three and four. He uses one word, two different ways.
The word is law the word law okay same word in English. Different meanings will be explained. Verse two when he says the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death that usage of the word law. He doesn't mean a lot like a code or regulatory code like the 10 Commandments were like the Old Testament law. The word in verse two means a principal a governing principle, a controlling principle or a driving force just like when we talk about the law of gravity or the law of self-preservation or columns law of electrostatics may not a written code, we mean a controlling principle is what it means within every one of us is an impulse to do wrong is called the law of sin and death is the impulse to sin that leads to death, but within every believer is a new vitalizing force that Paul calls the law of the spirit that moves us to do right. That's the first usage of the word law controlling principle.
The second usage of the word law found in verse three and four. Notice what it says for what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did that law means the Mosaic law, the 10 Commandments, because there's no qualifier is not the law of the spirit of the law of sin and death is just the law, Paul uses this the law. Speaking of the law of Moses the law of Moses the law of Moses all the commandments in the Old Testament couldn't fix the law of sin and death tried to, but it failed. You know I failed. Paul said it was weak through the flesh. What is that mean nothing wrong with the law. It was all what's wrong with us.
We couldn't keep people couldn't keep. So God gave his laws and an here's a little story children of Israel.
When Moses went to Mount Sinai. Children of Israel said Moses you up to Mount Sinai. We want to go. It is like like lightning, thunder, bad stuff happening, you know you will for us. And then there's what they said everything God tells you to tell us to do.
You will do it. Yeah right like never did they ever do that because of this, that whatever God tells you to do tell some of the that's a good thing to say but they never really kept the law and God knew that. That's why God's response was this he said to Moses.
Oh that my people had such a heart within them all. If that were only possible but it's not possible. So the law of Moses was weak, not because the lie was bad because people couldn't keep it was weak through the flesh. So what we do we need a new law.
We need a new principal that would you agree that gravity is a law rights were the laws of nature were laws of physics, gravity. It's an established law. It holds me earthbound. I may want to stand on the building and I really want to soar. But if I jump off the building. Will I soar know I will splat. I will splat not sore because of the law of gravity so I could be on the earth and I could say there's no hope I'm doing forever. Because of this law.
All wretched man that I am unless I have an airplane would you agree that anything that weighs 175,000 pounds probably is not going to move hundred $35,000. That sounds pretty earthbound right hundred 75,000 pounds of metal not moving less exactly what Boeing 767 series 300 jet ways hundred 75,400 pounds. That's without you or your luggage in having but it can fly.
How can hundred 75,000 pounds flight is a law of gravity because you and at other laws that supersede the law of gravity law thrust blogger aerodynamics, the law of lift you concoct that hundred 75,000 pounds of metal in such a way that it air flows of the wings and now something that's so heavy can defy gravity by superseding the law of gravity with other laws. So what the law of Moses could not do because it was weak by the flesh, God did by putting his Holy Spirit in people dwelling people. That's why I've always loved that little poem that I've shared over the years.
Do this and live the law commands but gives me neither feet nor hands a better word. The gospel brings it bids me fly and then it gives me wings so the law the principle of the spirit law supersedes the law of sin and death. The principle that holds me down but I want to think the Holy Spirit is some force or just some power. He's a person is the third person of the Trinity equal in every way to the father and the son since the day of Pentecost, that person of God the Holy Spirit indwells and empowers every believer.
This is the secret of our victory your car.
The car you drove to church here today works by the storage principal your car is propelled forward by the storage principal fuel is stored on board is used by the internal combustion engine when it runs out you go to the gas station fill it up again stored on board runs out, fill it up again stored etc. even if you drive an electric car.
Same principle you store electricity runs out you recharge that's the storage principal a century ago in large American cities still in some cities around the world. There were large electric cars, bus cars that ran on a completely different principal, not the storage principal. The contact principal large metal arms went up touching wires that were above the streets and electric current flow through those wires. As long as contact was made. The car was propelled forward, she got some cars to work on the storage principal. Other cars work on the contact principal question how do Christians move forward by both principles. The storage principal be filled with the Holy Spirit. The contact principal abide in Christ will abide by the way, means contact maintain a constant living contact with Christ. So your Christ stay in the living contact with him. You have the Holy Spirit available posted be being filled with the holy spirit. Both principles so our punishment is done. Our position is defined are power the Holy Spirit is dynamic is a person leads us to the fourth and final fact about our practice know this for the fact is the result of the first three facts because all of those are true. This fact is also true. Our practice, our practice is different. Look at verse five. 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 to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Even then, or so, then those who are in the flesh cannot please God, but you are not in the flesh but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you know if anyone does not have the spirit of Christ is not his. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you all about our practice practice is different, right, didn't he already announced in verse four we do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit and the verses I just read. He's basically contrasting two different people.
The believer and the unbeliever don't make the mistake he's addressing the true mature Christian verse of the carnal Christian I was talking about saving or unsafe the saints or the elites in your one of those two universe same 48 that is who he is talking about unbelievers are totally earthbound people there only concerned about the here and now they're concerned about gratifying bodily appetites feeling pleasure feeling good, doing things that they like but they are spiritually dead.
Jesus said in Matthew six. Do not worry, saying, what shall we eat, what shall we drink, what shall we wear for after all these things that Hagans seek as an unbeliever earthbound, gratifying the flesh believers, though think differently. Believers act differently. Believers live differently or we should limit for this week, we can we can. If all of these three facts that I just read are true, then this fourth one can be true. It's available to us. We want to.
I've never met a believer who doesn't want to live a holier life and we can.
We are given the ability because of the power of the Holy Spirit were different. Paul doesn't just want us to have imputed righteousness.
Paul wants us to have practical righteousness, so like one person said if your religion hasn't changed you. I think it's time for you to change your religion. A lot of us make a mistake we think you know I think what God really wants for me is for me to be happy. He does not…'s primary objective is for you to be happy know what it is for you to be holy tapioca.
I want to be happy.
You can't be happy unless you are holy you want to be happy.
Be holy those who are holy are the happiest people I know the most unhappy people I know are the people who care nothing about being whole.
So our spiritual condition should match our spiritual condition. Our deeds should match his declaration of who we are in Christ, with the power of the Holy Spirit available now that's a process to process the Bible calls sanctification to worry about the word. That's a fancy word that just means growing holier sanctification. So this is how life works become a Christian are so excited you will you learn about and you start walking with him and is walking with them some happy for them. You don't stay down. If you stay down and never get up probably indicates you are never saved but you get up again your friends to help you up and encourage you and you learn from that falling down you learn from the mistake you grow from that mistake go on little bit further beautiful down again and again and again and again and again and probably again, each time within the learner to mature your grandma grow and that is a process of maturing and getting holier sanctification process. The key the key to maturity and all that is where your mind goes what you think about verse six notice as we closed for to be carnally minded is death to be spiritually minded is life. Chapter 8 glorious chapter does mean the struggles over all that struggle.
Chapter 70 said amen. I feel our human chapter 7 recommended and amen you still have a struggle but is different.
It's different because the Holy Spirit enters the scene. So this what it's like you're walking home from school.
As you're walking home from school. There's a bully if that person school you didn't want to be around he sees you, and he he he bullies you around.
He's much bigger than you are. He knocks you down, he starts pummeling you start beating you up. You are defeated and you know it, but then you look up and you see coming behind the bully is your big brother will you do now you get up you stand tall and you think I can do this I can be a and overcome her. Not because I'm strong, but because my big brother just showed up for this fight. So yeah, I'm weak in the power of the flowers in the struggle Holy Spirit enters the scene.
He's your big brother, he's in a take care of that bully you can get up so don't look like a commercial, I thought I could get up and move on to forward get help with the body of Christ stand with you. Same struggle is different now and of the Holy Spirit message from the series to tell you about how you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way as you help connect others to the good news of Jesus.
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