Thursday, June 04, 2009

Romans 8- Life in the Spirit - A Beginning Question

The greek word for "spirit" is 'pneuma'. It is a centerpiece of Romans 8.

Paul uses 'pneuma' 5 times in Romans 1-7.
Paul uses 'pneuma' 8 times in Romans 9-16

Paul uses 'pnema' 21 times in Romans 8. It is the most in any chapter in the New Testament.

8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

This is the gospel. I quote this verse to myself all the time. Especially when the Accuser puts those thoughts in my head "Who are you to be speaking about God?"- He points out my failings and shortcomings. But this verse is true - Jesus does not condemn me. Who is left to judge?

2.For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Which law do I want to live under? One is freedom and the other is bondage.

JESUS-JESUS-JESUS- Sweetest name I know:

Look at what we have in Christ!

No condemnation- why?

Because He came in "the likeness of sinful flesh". This is so important in our understanding of Jesus and His nature. In all ways like us, yet without sin.

κατὰ σάρκα - κατὰ πνεῦμα. (kata sarka according to flesh) kata pnema (according to spirit)- Do you remember where we saw these two phrases before?

Romans 1:3-4 : "concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh (κατὰ σάρκα) 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit (κατὰ πνεῦμα) of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord."

So we will spend the next blog answering the question: What exactly is 'life in the spirit"?

More to follow.....

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