Psalm 119 – Part 14C
August 30, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 15A
September 1, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 14C
August 30, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 15A
September 1, 2013

Live Through the Spirit

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

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. Romans 8:13

This scripture has confused many. Paul has been taking about the flesh as the unbeliever. The unbeliever is dead until made alive. When we are born again, our spirits are alive and sealed by the Holy Spirit. The believer can’t die. He has eternal life. I believe that the death and life he is discussing is not eternal life or eternal death.

Living according to the flesh, is living the life that was dead. Living according to the deeds of the flesh is trying to live like the unbeliever, doing everything their own way and by trying to live without God. It’s like trying to live by the law. It’s impossible to do, and it just leads to death. In fact, Paul calls living under the law as the ministration of death. “But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?” (2 Corinthians 3:7-8)

There is no life in living by the law or the flesh. It’s a dead-end street. If you live by the flesh, you will live in defeat.

However, if you live by the Spirit, then you will have power to live a victorious life. You can only put to death the working of the flesh through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. You put to death the death that the flesh brings and release the abundant life Jesus came to give us. (John 10:10) As believers, we hate the things God hates. We want to desire what He desires. Paul says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Romans 6:12)

We can do it because, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11) Jesus has done away with the sin issue for us. Therefore, we are dead to sin. We are dead to the flesh. We are alive to the Spirit. The Spirit changes us step by step. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Our part is to behold Jesus and allow the Spirit to conform us to His image. The sin and the flesh become no longer bondage or baggage but a thing of the past. Allow the Spirit to work in your life and you will experience that change from glory to glory.