Tuesday, October 9, 2012
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:24,25 KJV).
Now that we have trusted Jesus Christ alone as our personal Saviour, we have a new identity, and this identity should impact our lifestyles for God’s glory.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity [an enemy] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:5-10).
As Christians, we can be “carnally [fleshly] minded,” reverted back to the old thinking process we had before we trusted Christ. Functionally, our Christian lives will then be dead, unacceptable before God, for we have no spiritual life in that old nature. Hence, our old nature (and lost people) “cannot please God.”
However, if we Christians are “spiritually minded”—that is, we allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to transform our minds using sound Bible doctrine (Romans 12:1,2)—He will produce Jesus Christ’s life in us, generating “life and peace” (Romans 8:6). We have a new nature in Christ, and a new life in Christ: “And if Christ be in [us], the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10).
Positionally, we Christians are “in the Spirit” (Romans 8:9). Today’s Scripture explains, “We live in the Spirit,” so we should also “walk in the Spirit.” In other words, we simply need to walk by faith in our position we already have in Christ!