Scripture: Rom. 7:24, 25, Rom. 8:1
REVIEW: Last week we considered our “identities in Adam and in Christ” which is called a “federal fact.” It simply means, “from one to all.” We are identified “in Adam” at birth. We also are identified “in Christ” upon our spiritual birth the day we trust Christ as our Savior. The important thing to remember is that we are identified with Christ in death and resurrection. So, what does all this have to do with living the abundant Christian life? Absolutely everything!
THINK ABOUT THIS:
We are in a battle of two natures. It’s a battle between the flesh and the spirit. Can we ever win this battle? The answer is yes! Rom. 7:24 asks, “O wretched man that I am; who shall deliver me from the body of this death.” Verse 25 answers with, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Victory is ours because we have a new resource; a living presence within us. We make this practically ours as we walk NOT after the flesh (our inheritance from Adam), BUT after the spirit (our resource in Christ).
Romans 8:1 tells us, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Here is where we have to make a choice: to yield to God and obey the Spirit or not.
The following verses tell us what we need to do when there are choices to be made. We need to choose rightly.
Col. 3:1-2 “If you are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above….set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Rom. 8:13 Don’t live after the flesh (simplified)
I Pet. 2:11 “..abstain from fleshly lusts.”
Gal. 5:16 “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
If we follow what these verses tell us, they will help us to be more like Christ. There will be a change.
Because of Christ’s victory over sin and death, and His life in us, we also are victors. The Key is to yield and obey and to draw upon Christ’s resources within us.
The more we yield and obey, the more spiritually mature we will become.
This is a big part in our Christian walk.