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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God’s Good News: Lesson 8 Part 2

Did the law (which is good) cause death to me? (Romans 7:13-25)

Should I blame the law for making me unable to control the members of my body? No way! SIN is to blame! Sin used the law as a way to show itself. Sin was inside me all the time. But when sin heard the law command me not to want things for myself, sin jumped into action and made me want things!

So the real problem is that sin rules my flesh. My flesh is my nature I have from Adam. It is my natural life from when I was born. But I have found that it is no good! Sin rules it!

With my mind I would like to do what God wants; but when my mind tries to tell the members of my body to do good, I end up doing evil. Why? Because there is something else ruling my members. It is sin within me. My mind tells my flesh to do good, but my flesh does not listen. Why? Because it is ruled by sin. So I have realized that my flesh is sinful!

This makes me feel like I am trapped like a captive in a dead body! My body does not do what my mind wants. My members do not respond to me… as if they are dead. This law of death is a terrible thing!

And I can not do anything about it! Help!! Someone save me! Someone get me out of this body that I can not control! Who will deliver me?

God! Thanks be to God! He has made a way to set me free. He did so through Jesus Christ when I died and rose with Him (like we learned in chapter 6). Now that I have learned more about the law and the flesh, I am convicted that I have sin in me. I realize how bad a problem I have! If I am convicted of sin in my flesh, then I will want God’s deliverance in Christ.

We’ll learn some more about this next, but first let me review how things go when I try to do good through my natural life in Adam. In my mind, I want to obey God’s law (what God wants). But my mind is not able to do good in my body. Why? Because the flesh is under the control of sin’s law. So my flesh does not do the good that I want, but instead does what sin wants.

Continued in Lesson 9 Part 1.

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