Summary: How to Live in Full Freedom - Rom. 8:2-8 Americans love freedom, yet many do not know the true freedom found in Christ Jesus.
How to Live in Full Freedom - Rom. 8:2-8
Freedom: The condition of being free or unrestricted; personal, civic and spiritual. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.
Illustration:The divine "scheme of things," as Christianity understands it, is at once extremely elastic and extremely rigid. It is elastic, in that it includes a large measure of liberty for the creature; it is rigid in that it includes the proviso that, however created beings choose to behave, they must accept responsibility of their own actions and endure the consequences.
Dorothy L. Sayer in Dorothy L. Sayer: A Rage for Life.
1. What do you think Paul means when he writes, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (the law of our new being) has freed me from the law of sin and death?"
Too many people misunderstand the work of the Spirit of life and fail to solve the root cause of their problems.
First, Paul teaches us that it is impossible to live a spiritual life in the power of the flesh since it is only possible through the strength of the Holy Spirit.
Unbelievers can only live by their human sense, reason and limited perspectives.
Too many Christians live like non-christians because they are so used to reacting to the pressures by conforming to the world’s conditioned responses.
Christians can choose to either live in the power of the Spirit or the flesh.
The Holy Spirit gives believers supernatural power, perspective and intercessory help to do everything God asks them to do.
Ask the Lord to help you live more as one freed by the Spirit’s power than one who is enslaved by the impulses of the flesh.
2. Paul teaches us that a Spirit led person is given an array of advantages over the fleshly led individual.
For example a Spirit led teacher is given supernatural wisdom, love, and understanding of their student’s problems.
Greater encouragement, faith and hope are supplied to a teacher who trusts the Spirit to guide them. God promises every teacher, who abides in the Spirit, help to go and bring forth lasting fruit. (John 15:16)
Profit is given to Spirit led mothers and dads as they discipline themselves and their families for the purpose of godliness.
Continuous renewal, restoration and reinvigoration are supplied to teachers who wait on the Spirit for endurance.
Fresh insights are given to Spirit led teachers who are guided into all truth so they do not have to fear being without direction.
The Spirit led teacher is given a sense of balance of theory and practice so they do not focus on non-essential issues.
A heightened sense of purpose, satisfaction and motivation is given to a Spirit led teacher since they hunger and thirst for righteousness. (Matt. 5:6)
Thousands of Biblical promises provide security for Spirit led teachers of truth. (2 Pet. 1:3-8)
Spirit led teachers are able to show their students how to speak the truth in love and grow up in all aspects into Christ so they aim for maturity instead of merely competence. (Eph. 4:15)
Anger, fear or uncertainty do not control a Spirit led teacher since they are led by peace, love and the certainty of their Master, Jesus Christ.