Operating in the Spirit
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
August 17, 2014
Central Passage
Romans 8:1-14
Third Sunday Service

Commentary Data Source: Ron Graham http://www.simplybible.com.au/f094.htm

"Imagine I offered you a thousand dollars to deliver an important parcel to Alice Springs by midnight. Your first thought would probably be, "What's the best way for me to get to Alice tonight?" You would not, for example, say, "I wonder if they grow tulips in Alice?" You would need to ask the right question, and get the right answer quickly.

To live life abundantly, you must get your asks and your answers right. In the nutshell statement for this section(verse 14), Paul says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God".

Why are you alive in this world? To become a son of God. How can you achieve this? By following the leadership of God's Spirit. There you have the greatest questions you could ever ask, and the answers to them.

The greatest problem in our lives is sin, and the condemnation that it brings upon us. Until we have the answer to that problem, we cannot have an abundant life, because we are condemned to death, being cut off from God'slife-giving Spirit. The answer is found in Jesus Christ. "There is no condenmantion to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit" (Rom 8:1).

Now let's summarise the other verses in this section.

Jesus condemned sin in mankind, just as God's law has always done. But Jesus did what the law could not do by itself: Jesus provided an answer to the condemnation. He died for our sins and arose from the dead, that we might have life through forgiveness in Him. Even though we must still endure the death of our physical bodies, that too will be overcome in the end by our resurrection from the dead. Jesus certainly gives us the answers we need!

By yielding to God's Spirit, by accepting and following the answers that Jesus provides, God's Spirit lives in us. So we live, and live abundantly. Otherwise we die and die miserably."

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