Romans 8:1If you are born again of the spirit of God you are in Christ Jesus. And right now there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. We are judged righteous right now in Christ Jesus. Our being judged righteous is not based upon our walk. We do not need to wait untill we die or untill Christ comes back in order to find out if we have been judged righteous.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. [The second half of this verse is not in the text.]
Romans 8:2This verse talks about two laws, with one superceding the other. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus sets us free from the law of sin and death.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:3The law that was given to Israel was not bad, it just could not accomplish the task of making man righteous because of the weakness of the flesh. It is not the law itself that fell short but manís inability to keep the law. Man by his old nature of the flesh is not strong enough to keep the law in order to obtain righteousness. Because of this and because God so loved the world, God sent His only begotten son to take care of manís inability to obtain righteousness.
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:
Romans 8:4When we walk after the spirit (by the new nature that we received in our identification with Christ), we fully meet the just requirements of the law. When we walk after the spirit, not only are we righteous in Christ but we also live and behave righteously. The question then becomes, how do we walk after the spirit? For one thing, it is not the same as walking after the flesh.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
II Timothy 1:7To live and behave by the new nature that we receive in our identification with Christ is to live and behave in love. This is the nature of the new birth spirit. This is the nature of God.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Romans 8:5If your life is about the things of the old nature of the flesh, that is what you will direct your attention and desire towards. If you are after the flesh, that is what you will spend your time thinking about and that is how you will fashion your life. If your life is about the things of the new nature of the spirit, that is what you will direct your attention and desire towards. If you are after the spirit, that is what you will spend your time thinking about and that is how you will fashion your life.
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.
Romans 8:6The thoughts, purpose or will of the flesh is death but the thoughts, purpose or will of the spirit is life and peace. This is one of the great benefits of being spiritually minded and walking after the spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:7-8The carnal mind does not think thoughts that agree with Godís Word. They that are in the flesh may please themselves but they do not please God.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:9-11To dwell is to inhabit, to abide, to occupy as a place of settled residence. The word ďdwellĒ in these verses is related to house, to build a house, to steward a house, a household. Dwelling does not happen by just being present. Dwelling takes time and getting comfortable with. When you dwell in a house you are not just there. You fix up the house so you are comfortable being in it. The house takes on the character of the person dwelling in it.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
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