God’s Good News: Lesson 9 Part 2

I should walk according to the Spirit: Christ living in me! (Romans 8:5-14)

We are learning how a Christian can please God in his “walk.” His “walk” is what he does. We have seen that God has given the believer new life in Christ. So the way to walk is to allow Christ to live in me. I am in Christ, and Christ is to live in me.

If you set your mind on the flesh to do good, you will fail and be upset (frustrated). But if you look to the Spirit, He will make it possible for you to do right with your body. So you will have peace.

You should not really “try” but instead you should “trust.” In fact, if you “try” by your own ability, you will fail. The flesh is not able to do what God wants. It does what sin wants, because sin rules it.

What you need to do is think of yourself as dead. Reckon yourself dead. Then, yield your body to Christ for Him to live in. Your body is “dead” in one sense, but it is “alive” in another sense. It is “dead” when you give up on the flesh. But then your body is “alive” by the Spirit of Christ! Are you living as dead to yourself?

And in fact, that very Spirit of Christ is one day going to change our bodies! Even our bodies will be taken from being linked to Adam. Adam’s sin causes our bodies to corrupt and die. But in Christ, even our bodies will be given new life, raised from the dead!

So, we do not owe the flesh anything! It has not helped us at all! So we should not live according to flesh! If you try, you will fail. But if you yield your body to Christ, you will find life and rest. The Spirit of God will do what God wants with your body’s members! Give up on the flesh, and give your body over to Christ! This is God’s deliverance from sin’s power!

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The graphic illustration in Lesson 9 Part 1 and song (below) help summarize Romans 5:12-8:14. First, God told us that we are in Christ not Adam. Second, God taught us why we needed a new power to walk right. He showed this need to us by four questions about the law. He helps us see that the flesh is unable because sin is in it. Then finally, we see the value of being in Christ so we can have a righteous walk by the Spirit in us.

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Romans 5 to 8 Song
I am Crucified with Christ

(can be sung to the tune of “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See”)

I am crucified with Christ, so I am dead;
Jesus Christ now lives His life in me instead;
And the life that I now live,
I just look to Him to give,
All the power I need, for (praise Him!) I am dead.

For the Lord has said it, so I know its true –
That the old me is no good, so I am through
With my fight to follow law
For my flesh will only fall!
So I give myself to Christ – all is for You!

Yes, my hands and feet now all belong to Him
I will no more yield my members unto sin
I have died to sin with Christ
And have risen to new life
So my body is for Christ to live within.

Freedom, peace, and righteousness at last abound,
As the Spirit of new life in Christ I’ve found,
For from sin I now am free
By the life of Christ in me;
And my body soon with glory will be crowned!

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Continued in Lesson 10 Part 1

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