The Christian’s Inheritance (Part 5): ‘In the Spirit’

SERMON CV17

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KEY SCRIPTURE

Therefore as by the offence of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
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.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
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:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
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 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.
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.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
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.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 5:18-8:14

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Colossians 2:11-12

But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
For if I build again the things which I destroyed then I make myself a transgressor.
For I through the Law am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God.

Galatians 2:17-19

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Ephesians 4:7

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 12:3

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:13

KEY PHRASES

Gift of righteousness

Your inheritance is you’re justified, you’re redeemed and you’re sanctified

The Christian’s inheritance that is in Christ is forgiveness of sin, righteousness and to get made sanctified

Justified is you’re declared righteous

Redeemed is your sin is forgiven

Sanctified is you’re born again on the inside, made holy

Your inheritance is for free

Your inheritance is by faith

Primary doctrine of Paul is that your inheritance is by faith

Secondary doctrine of Paul is that there is a wise way for you to walk

Gift of righteousness by faith

The Law came into the world that sin may increase

You can’t sin any more

You are dead to sin

You died to sin

You died to your sinful flesh

Your sinful flesh is not you

Acts of sin are not accredited to your account

You can’t sin before God

You can’t sin before God because you are dead to sin

You have put off the body of the sins of the flesh

You are alive to God

Know that you’re dead to sin

You have actually died to sin

You do not relate to sin in your sinful flesh

You are not under the Law

You are under grace

You are already righteous

If you don’t put yourself under the Law, sin won’t reign in you

You don’t serve sin any more

You don’t relate to sin any more

You serve righteousness

You serve righteousness in that you have the gift of righteousness

If you stand upon the gift of righteousness, you glorify God

You are a servant of righteousness

If you stand upon the gift of righteousness that is your fruit unto holiness

You are a servant to the gift of righteousness

You are a servant to the gift of righteousness, unto holiness

Now that you are dead to sin, sin does not get accredited to your account

You have the gift of righteousness

Irrespective of what you do, you walk around righteous

When you stand upon the gift of righteousness, you glorify God

You have been made free from sin

Irrespective of what you do, you are righteous

You serve God by standing upon the righteousness of God

Obedience for a Christian is to stand upon the righteousness of God

You died to the Law

You are not under the Law

Christ expects you to leave the Law behind

You can’t keep the Law

You have sinful flesh

There is no guilty judgement for you

You are dead to the sin in your flesh

The sin in your flesh is not you any more

You do not stand before God as a sinner

You have been made free from the body of sin

Your body of sin has been destroyed to you

Your body of sin has been destroyed

Your body of sin is not you

You do not sin before God

Acts of sin are not accredited to your account, because you are dead to sin

Acts of sin are not you any more

Acts of sin, is sin in you

Reckon yourself dead to sin

Standing upon Christ’s righteousness, is your holiness

You stay righteous before God

If you stand upon the righteousness of God that is your fruit unto holiness

Those that are in Christ Jesus are given the deposit of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit bears His fruit in you

The Holy Spirit overpowers your sinful flesh

The Holy Spirit overrides the law of sin and death in you

The Holy Spirit imparts the Life of Christ to you

You have the righteousness of Christ

Your flesh wars against God

Your flesh is at war with God

Your flesh cannot please God

Your flesh does not please God

You are not ‘in the flesh’

You are ‘in the Spirit’

Your default setting is: ‘in the Spirit’

Your default setting is: the law of the Spirit overrides the law of sin and death in you

If you sit and do nothing you are ‘in the Spirit’

If you sit and do nothing the Holy Spirit overpowers your flesh

The Holy Spirit bears His fruit in you when you do nothing

You are in the Spirit, but you can walk in the flesh if you put yourself under the Law

You don’t owe it to your flesh to live according to it

You’re not obliged before God, to try to keep your flesh under control

It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to overpower your flesh

It is for freedom that Christ set you free

You are free to walk according to the fruits that Christ bears in you

You are also free not put yourself under the Law

You are free to walk the way the Holy Spirit moulds your path

The Holy Spirit moulds your path like a river

If you put yourself under the Law to try to please God, you won’t be able to do it

If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will be able to do it

God works in you both to will and to work

You are free to leave the Law behind


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