1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
<b>'In Christ Jesus' to be in Christ means to be in Him by faith. All who are in Christ, that is, all who have received Him as Saviour, are governed by the new spiritual nature they have received rather than the sin nature which governed them outside of Christ.</b>
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
<b>The most important two laws, we either operate under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, or the law of sin and death.
The law of the Spirit of life is love, which includes faith, the kingdom of God's system, the life cycle, health, prosperity, deliverance and eternal life.
The law of sin and death which includes, pride, selfishness, fear, the world's system, death, sickness, poverty and bondage.
To break free from pride and selfishness, we stop living by the law of sin and death and begin operating in love.
Perfected love casts out fear, pride and selfishness and all that is controlled by the law of sin and death (1 John 4:18).
Cultivate the fruit of the Spirit, love, and examine your life for evidence of selfishness (Gal 5:19-24).
The fruit of love consists of the elements of joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance (Gal 5:22-24).
The fruits of the flesh (pride, selfishness) are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, reveling and the like (Gal 5:19-21).
Deliver yourself from your (pride & selfishness, (Prov 6:3)) so that God can deliver you from bondage. (Ps 22:8)
Let your actions of love be without pride and selfishness. </b>
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
<b>God has made a way for us to be liberated from sin and its power by sending His Son to become a sin offering for us.
He bore our sin in his own body on the tree, not only our sin but our sin nature which was judged and condemned on the cross.
This why there is now no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
Christ has dealt effectively with sin once and for all. (Heb 10:11-14). Hence, the sin nature, though still present in a Christian, standing in Christ, they are not laid to his account, for now in Christ we are free from the law of sin and death.</b>
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
<b>The righteousness of the Law is now fulfilled in our new, born-again spirits. Jesus fulfilled the Law (Mt 5:17) and through the cross and His blood, has made the way for us to stand in His righteousness. Every believer's spirit is righteous and truly holy.
More importantly, through the Holy Spirit, we are now empowered to live, by putting to death (daily) all the prompting of the body. (Rom 8:13 amp).</b>
5 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.
<b>The unrenewed mind does not believe God and the renewed mind believes God and His word (Christ).
Thoughts originate in the mind and affect the way we feel and act.
Character leads to the fulfillment of God's promise of living in abundance.
Choosing to disbelieve God and His word by listening to wrong words, lead to emotions that will lead us away from His will, producing wrong decisions, wrong actions, wrong habits and wrong character.
This in turn will limit the level of abundance God has for you.
Developing habits that lead to an abundant life, comes from a mind renewed to believing God and His word.
Every thought shapes our thinking for they are seeds, allowing ourselves to be exposed to words opposite to God's will develop bad habits that limit our abundance.
Speaking His Word pleases God and leads to a mind that is renewing with thoughts that are good and line up with the Word of God.
Don't concentrate on stopping a bad habit before choosing to walk in the Spirit, which is God's way of doing things (Gal 5:16 amp). Put God's way first and the urge to practice the bad habit will diminish.</b>
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
<b>An unrenewed mind that focuses and dwells on self leads to separation from God, but a spiritual mind that is renewing to the word of God daily, leads to life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10 amp)</b>
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
<b>The unrenewed mind is at war with the spirit (Gal 5:17) and can never conform by acts of will or good intentions.</b>
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
<b>An unrenewed mind does not believe God and acts in fear not faith. (Heb 11:6 amp)</b>
9 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.
<b>The 'born again' believer who has received the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) has the Holy Spirit to lead and guide him into all truth. (John 16:13) as they begin the process of renewing the mind.
(To find out more about receiving the Holy spirit, click on the link at the bottom of this page.)</b>
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
<b>The word Body is translated 'slave' (Rom 7:25) gives insight into this 'I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.'
The human spirit when born again is perfect and a new creation (2 Cor 5:17) with the mind continuously being renewed by the word of God through the Holy Spirit (notes on Rom 8:13) the sin nature is confined to the body (under subjection, (1 Cor 9:27)), which is a slave and does not think for itself but obeys the mind, which now obeys the spirit.</b>
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
<b>The same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, is now available to us to raise us from death to life in Christ.</b>
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
<b>Now, in a constantly renewing mind, with the sin nature under subjection in the body, we do not have to live a life controlled by the dictates of an unrenewed mind, dominated by the sin nature and controlling the body (flesh).
For we, by the Holy Spirit, (the power that raised Christ) working in us, escape the law of sin and death and walk into the newness of life in the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:2, Gal 5:17-24)</b>
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
<b>One of the most profound verses in the word of God, teaches the born again believer, how it is possible to live and walk in the spirit.
The Holy Spirit abides in the born again spirit of the believer (1 John 2:20-27) the born again spirit has available through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2;16)
The anointing from the Holy spirit shines the light of God's word into the renewed mind of the believer like a candle shining in a dark place (Prov 20:27)
The word of God rising in the renewed mind of the believer gives guidance for they are spirit and life. (John 6:63, Jer 7:23)
To obey and do these words, (John 14:23-24) is to walk in, or by the Spirit and becomes the focus of the renewed mind (renewed to the word of God) this leads to the habits and prompting of the body becoming dead (be mortified).
This is an ongoing process and leads to the new and living way.</b>
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
<b>To be led by the Holy Spirit of God leads to sonship.
The Son of God, becoming the son of man, so that the sons of mankind could become the sons and daughters of God.
Being led by the Spirit is the same as walking in the Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit, which is love and it's attributes. (Gal 5:18-23)
The Spirit led life is a manifestation of sonship or privilege.</b>
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
<b>God now transitions in the life of a believer from being God to becoming Father and more intimately 'Dad'.
We are no more in bondage to sin, but have been adopted by our Heavenly Father in the Holy Spirit.</b>
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
<b>The Holy Spirit brings confirmation in our born again spirit that we are His child, (Eph 1:23) This confirmation is revealed into the renewing mind as revelation of His love. ( 3:19Matt 16:16, 1 John 5:20, 1 John 5:5 amp)</b>
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
<b>The Holy Spirit not only affirms that we are sons and daughters, but reveals that eternal life and the blessings it brings are truly ours.
All that the Father has belongs to the Son and all that the Son has he shares with us.
Not only in the future but right now tremendous spiritual resources are at our disposal as we share in all that is Christs.
Trouble will come but it does not need to overcome for Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33 amp) and we are in Him and in His faith that has overcome.
For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.
Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]? (1 John 5:4-5 amp)</b>
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
<b>Every trial, tribulation and trouble overcome by the blood and the power of our testimony brings glory to God. (Rev 12:11, 1 Pet 1:5-7 amp)</b>
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
<b>We are already the sons and daughters of God. This is not something that has yet to transpire. All of creation is waiting for us to manifest what is already in us (see note 1 at Ro 8:18).</b>
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
<b>Hope is not based on what is seen, hope comes directly from God (Rom 15:13) through spiritual hearing by His Word (Rom 15:4).</b>
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
<b>This is the process of the Holy Spirit bringing revelation, insight and wisdom from God, through our 'born again' spirit, into a constantly renewing mind, it is our most holy faith making progress rising higher and higher in Christ. (Jude 1:20) </b>
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
<b>God who knows the heart (Jer. 17: 10, John 2: 24)) and searches it, knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes and pleads for believers in accordance to the will of God.
The mind being renewed is like a letter of the word of God, written (sown) on the table of the heart (2 Cor 3:3), written by the mouth or tongue (Ps 45:1), then out of the heart pours forth the treasure (harvest) of the word of God, through the Holy Spirit. (Luk 6:45)</b>
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
<b>God has a plan and a purpose for all who are His.
Therefore we can be assured that whatever takes place in life, God turns it around and fits everything into His plan.
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (Rom 8:28, amp) </b>
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
<b>This verse links with the previous verse 'called according to His design and purpose', it does not mean that only certain people are called.
This call includes all humankind, 'for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.' (John 3:16)
Whoever is and includes all mankind. God has known (foreknown) each and every one of us since before we were born. (Jer 1:5) and He has provided opportunity and THE WAY (Christ) that through Him we are predestined (it is our destiny, should we choose to accept the call) to be in (conformed into, joined into) the image of Christ.
This is the 'born again' birth, the human spirit is re born into the image of Christ's and the soul (mind,will,emotions) is conformed (joined) to the spirit by the continuous renewal of the mind, which mirrors the image of Christ, (Jesus was the firstborn of many brothers (sons of God)) in our spirit.</b>
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
<b>Predestinate means God from the beginning has already provided a destiny for all who will answer His call into their destiny in Him.
When we accept His call , we are justified in Christ (In Christ we stand just as if we had never sinned) and we know that one day we will be glorified and rejoice in this certainty.
That is, we know we will be like Jesus (John 3:2-3) in his character which is love, encompassing joy, peace, mercy, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, self-control and others (Gal 5:22-23).
For we are Gods [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. (Eph 2:10)</b>
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
<b>In (Rom 8:26-27), Paul spoke of the Holy Spirit making intercession for us, God working all things together for our good (Rom 8:28) and us being predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom 8:29).
This is all summarised in one phrase 'If God be for us, then no one can successfully be against us.'
Weapons will be formed against the believer, but they will not be successful, to those who stand in Christ. (Is 54:17), furthermore the weapon will not be formed or come from God. (Is 54:15-17)
An exclamation of victory for the Spirit-controlled life.</b>
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
<b>This verse proves the previous verses apply to all and that predestined does not mean selected people, but means destined from the beginning for the believer. (John 3:16) and God's desire to provide all spiritual blessings in Christ to us.(Eph 1:3 amp)</b>
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
<b>The battle for the believer is a supernatural one against spiritual forces and the devil himself. The devil is not an equal and opposite of God, he is merely a created being, (Ez 28:15) who turned away from God (Is 14:13) and now opposes Him by twisting or corrupting His word.
But he is, however, very cunning and dangerous.
We do not defeat him with our own strength, but we stand firm in the word of God, in Jesus Christ and he will flee. (Jam 4:7)</b>
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
<b>Thomas was not persuaded until he touched the nail prints (John 20:25)
King Agrippa was almost persuaded to become a Christian (Acts 26:28)
Paul and Abraham were fully persuaded (Acts 22:16, Rom 4:21 amp)
A mind that is continuously being renewed is fully persuaded that God is and He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him, (Heb 11:6) to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Mar 12:30 amp)</b>
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
<b>Paul was persuaded beyond any doubt that neither death, life, angels, principalities, powers, anything from the past or in the future, whether from below or above or anything else in creation will be able to separate the believer from the love of God that is in and remains in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.</b>