Romans 8 Lesson

Living In The Spirit

LIVING IN THE FLESH VS. LIVING IN THE SPIRIT

Romans Chapter 8 is a fascinating study!   In this chapter, Paul reveals that each of us falls into one of two categories:

  1. Those living in the flesh,
  2. Those living in the Spirit.  

There are major differences between these two groups of people, the most important of which has to do with salvation.   Paul makes the following points:

  1. Those living in the flesh are condemned,
  2. Those living in the Spirit are saved.

If we want to be saved, we need to make sure that we are living in the Spirit and not the flesh.   One of the ways we do this is to look at what type of fruit we are producing, or what type of impact we are having on the world.

FRUIT OF THE FLESH (Galatians 5:19-21)  

  • Immorality,
  • Impurity,
  • Sensuality,
  • Idolatry,
  • Sorcery,
  • Enmities,
  • Strife,
  • Jealousy,
  • Outbursts,
  • Anger,
  • Disputes,
  • Dissensions,
  • Factions,
  • Envying,
  • Drunkenness,
  • Carousing,
  • And things like these.

The Bible tells us that those living in the flesh as opposed to the Spirit will be condemned. It comes down to a mindset. What are the things that we spend our time thinking about, and then doing? Are they sinful acts aimed at serving our pleasing ourselves? Or are our thoughts and actions aimed at glorifying God and serving others?

Consider the following two scriptures that contrast a mind set on the flesh versus one guided by the Spirit:

  1. “For the mind set on the flesh is death, . . . because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” – Romans 8:6-8,
  2. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. ” - Philippians 4:8.

To be, “In Christ” means that we have submitted to His will and are living to glorify God and not ourselves.   It is a path that leads to eternal salvation.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (Galatians 5:22-23)

  • Love,
  • Joy,
  • Peace,
  • Patience,
  • Kindness,
  • Goodness,
  • Faithfulness,
  • Gentleness,
  • And self-control.

As Christians, the best thing we can do for our salvation is to focus our mind on the Spirit. As Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • “The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace .” – Romans 8:6.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT SETTING OUR MIND ON THE SPIRIT

  • “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” - Colossians 3:1-2,
  • “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind ” - Romans 12:2,
  • “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” - Romans 8:5-6,

CONCLUSION

We all have a choice to make relative to our salvation.   Do we want to live according to the flesh, or the Spirit?   We cannot do both.   We cannot be, “A little saved.”   Consider the following scripture:

  • No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.” – Mathew 6:24.

As we examine our lives, it is important to note that our lives are not over.   If we have not been living as we ought to, there is still time change.  

By living our lives in the Spirit, we get to be joined with Jesus.   God accepts those that are joined with Jesus as His own adopted children.  

We will end today’s lesson with the following inspiring words from the Apostle Paul:

  • “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” – Romans 8:14-17.  

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Jeff TD

I have problems with alcohol all of my life. I have suffered with a dead arm and have a lump on the lower half of my body. I often seek out attention and acceptance from others but wind up being ridiculed causing me to fall deeper into alcohol. Reading God's word I am trying to exhibit more peace, joy, patience and self control. I thank God for this study and helping me.

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Jeff TD

We are thankful for you Jeff! We look forward to studying more with you!

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Dan W

He was right--it can never be pondered too much!

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Trey

It great to grow and understanding the importance of the Spirit and the short term limits of the flesh.

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Dan Wheeler

Agreed that we can choose our "free time" to either watch the news, get sidetracked with divisive politics, or seek God's guidance and counsel through His Holy Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps more people at home will be reading God's Word, and turning to Christ to have the peace that passes all understanding. It is precious to realize that if we are God's children we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.

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Lori
Dan Wheeler

This is why I'm here. I pray these times bring more people to Christ.

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John
Dan Wheeler

Amen Brother.

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John
Lori

It’s wonderful to be studying together Lori.

I think that is what’s happening.

Glory to God.

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Pat Dermody

Verse 17 “And since we are His children,we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share in his glory we must also share in his suffering. “ During this time of rising sickness and death due to the coronovirus all of us are suffering in someway... fear of getting the virus, loss of job and being isolated from one another etc. But as we endure this suffering we know it is nothing compared to the suffering of Jesus for us. Also God has a plan that we do not know. Good can come from this as we find more free time. Free time that can be used to give more glory to God through spiritual readings and contemplation. It’s a time to look more deeply into ourselves and reflect on who we are. It’s a time to show more compassion to do do good works. Let’s use this time wisely.

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John
Pat Dermody

Amen Pat! Thanks for sharing!

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John

The more I put my faith in Jesus and pray for the Spirit to guide my actions and my words, the better I feel! Time spent in God's word is so much better than watching the news these days!

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Pat Dermody

Now we should live our life out of love of God not because we are doing it out of a sense of duty. How much more rewarding it is when we do things from a sense of love and desire to please the beloved.

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Peggy Tanner
Pat Dermody

Without Christ as my Lord and savior, I would not have been able to stand and proclaim Christ for the past 54 years. Only He can give you Strength and Faith to endure the loss of husband, daughter, parents, cancer, and many other trails that only Christ can give strength and Faith to endure. Thanks for the scriptures give by God for us to share.

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