- Romans 8:1-10
- Rom 8:1 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
In the previous chapters, Paul was giving us the great division that
exists in every believer and that is that our souls have been saved but
our flesh has not and that makes for a war between flesh and spirit in
every true believer. In this verse, the Bible is telling us that within
true believer this war will always exist as long as we are clothed in
flesh but because we have been truly saved through Christ, we are not
under the condemnation of the law as those who are unregenerate. This
verse is very comforting because many believers, when they sin, will
wonder if they are truly saved. God places this verse here to give
confidence to the true believer that even though they have the flesh and
spirit struggle, they are covered by the blood of Christ and therefore
are not coming under any judicial condemnation since Christ had paid for
all the sins of the believer. There is no sin in the life of any
believer which was not atoned for by the Lord Jesus Christ. Many people
combat this truth by asking, “well what about future sins?” Well, when
Christ went to the cross, all your sins were in the future plus if He
only paid for part of your sins, then it was a partial atonement and not
a full atonement which would never get anyone into Heaven. The key in
this verse, is that those true believers are walking or living according
to the Spirit and not the flesh. A true believer will not order their
life according to the dictates of a worldly system and thus go back in
sinful bondage. If they are truly saved, then the indwelling of the Holy
Spirit will be evident in their changed lives. This is why the true
believer never has to worry about loss of salvation as so many
erroneously teach. Loss of salvation gives the impression that Christ
only made a partial atonement in the life of the true believer which is
nowhere taught in the Scriptures.
Rom 8:2 (KJV)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me
free from the law of sin and death.
When we became saved, a new law became effective in our lives and that
was the law of the Spirit. The law of the Spirit freed us from the law
which leads only to death. The law of the Spirit in Christ brings life.
When the law of the Spirit of life is present in the believer, this law
fulfills and exceeds the demands of the law of Moses which brings only
eternal death. The law itself was not sin but as Paul had so excellently
brought to light, it exacerbated sin in the life of every human being
but when a person became saved, they were freed from the demands of that
law since Christ was the one who fulfilled those demands on behalf of
Rom 8:3 (KJV)
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:
First, the law of Moses was not able to help a person become truly saved
since it only brought to light the fact that all human beings are
sinful. If a person could keep every tenet of the law perfectly, then
they could become saved but as this verse teaches us, the flesh is weak
and corrupted because of sin as we saw in Romans 7, that the flesh is
where the sinful nature resides and that is why the believer will always
have the sin struggle, even many years after becoming truly saved.
Secondly, since the law could not engender salvation, for the sake of
His Elect, God sent the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh to fulfill the
law perfectly and impute that perfection into the souls of His Elect.
Notice that it says that He was in the likeness of sinful flesh. This is
because the Lord Jesus Christ was sinless, even in His flesh. When the
Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross, then all the sins of His Elect were
placed upon Him and He became sin for us as He met the righteous demands
of God’s Holy Law. (2 Cor 5:21 KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him. Christ
being in the flesh, was sacrificed in the flesh, and condemned sin in
the life of all His Elect in the flesh.
Rom 8:4 (KJV)
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Here is a great spiritual principle. It is based on the doctrine of
imputation. The fulfilled righteousness of the law by the Lord Jesus
Christ is imputed to the Elect of God. This is done by the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit which is the seal of our salvation. There is no way that
any human being can fulfill the righteous demands of the law of God, so
the results of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ who fulfilled
those demands are imputed to the believer and then we are walking in the
Spirit and not in the flesh. Those who walk in the flesh are the
unregenerate but those who have the Holy Spirit are walking in the
Rom 8:5 (KJV)
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.
Here is another evidence of those who are saved. We see in today’s world
that many are concerned with the environment and other worldly issues.
There are many in mainline churches who call themselves Christians but
are concerned only with worldly things such as save the whales or world
hunger. These are the people who mind the things of the flesh. Those who
mind the things of the Spirit are those who are concerned about the
things of the Lord such as evangelizing this world, discipling new
believers, missions, etc. These things are the priorities of the true
child of God. These are the spiritual things we concern ourselves with
in contrast to the things tied to this world that the carnal or fleshly
person concerns themselves with.
Rom 8:6 (KJV)
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace.
The carnal mind is the mind of the unbeliever which is totally tied to
this world and does not have concern for the spiritual things of the
Lord. This is why the carnal mind is a mind which leads to death because
it is unregenerate. On the other hand, when a person becomes saved and
the Holy Spirit indwells the person, they are not only given a new
resurrected soul, they are given a new mind which thinks upon the things
of the Lord. (Heb 8:10 KJV) For this
is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those
days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them
in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a
people: The mind without Christ is a mind
which does not have the laws of God in it.
Rom 8:7 (KJV)
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
The mind of the unregenerate is always at enmity with God. The word
“enmity” carries with it the meaning of “hostility.” The unsaved mind is
hostile towards God. This can be easily proven out, all you have to do
is hand somebody a tract or speak with them about the Lord and they will
rebuke you. This rebuke comes from the unregenerate mind which wants
nothing to do with Christ. A person who is spiritually dead cares
nothing about the spiritual life as all they concern themselves with are
the things of the world. Unless God regenerates the person, their mind
remains dead to the things of God. This is because the carnal mind and
the spiritual life are at enmity with each other.
Rom 8:8 (KJV)
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
(Heb 11:6 KJV) But without faith it
is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that
he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Those who are unsaved are not given the gift of faith, therefore without
faith it is impossible to please God. The unregenerate person lives
their life in the flesh and sinful flesh is always at enmity with a Holy
God. When a believer sins, they are momentarily walking in the flesh and
at that moment they are not pleasing God, only when they repent of that
sin and return to the spiritual life. Those who live their entire lives
and die in the flesh will be judged for their sins at the last day since
they have no Savior.
Rom 8:9 (KJV)
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.
Here is another great difference for the comfort of the believer. Those
who are truly saved, even though we reside in sinful flesh, are not in
the flesh according to the biblical definition. We who are saved have
the Spirit of God living in us and He quickens us or makes us alive unto
God. So even while we are in the flesh, we still serve God through the
Spirit while in the body of flesh. Now another major principle taught in
this verse is the fact that if a person is not regenerated and does not
have the Holy Spirit living in them, then they are still reprobate and
in Satan’s kingdom. This means that no matter how religious a person is,
even an ordained clergyman, if they are unsaved and have not the Spirit
of Christ dwelling in them, then they are still in their sins and are
not a child of God. It should also be noted that when a person becomes
truly saved, they receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the
moment of salvation and is not a separate or future event as some
charismatic teachings may convey.
(Eph 1:3 KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in
Christ: We have received all spiritual
blessings in Christ and those spiritual blessings always begin with the
receiving of the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.
Rom 8:10 (KJV)
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but
the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Paul now adds another major teaching that our physical bodies are dead
because of the indwelling of sin. We may still be alive today but our
physical bodies are walking dead bodies as eventually they will fail and
die but if we are truly saved, we have eternal life in the Spirit which
can never be affected by the decaying physical body.
(Psa 90:10 KJV) The days of our years are
threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore
years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off,
and we fly away. Notice this verse teaches
very simply that life in our physical bodies may be 80 years and the
physical body will fail, “cut off,” and then we fly away. What a
picturesque way of stating that we go to Heaven when our bodies fail the
final time. This will be the real us and no longer will we be hindered
by frail flesh.