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Sermon; December 9, 2018
|" Two paths , Only one to a unity of Hope "
This short passage describes two states of mind: literally, “the mind of the flesh (which is) death”; and “the mind
of the Spirit (which is) life and peace” (Romans 8:6). These are two quite distinct mindsets, which lead to two
differing choices of lifestyle (cf. the exhortation of Romans 12:2). Our mindset is determined not by what we do,
or what choices we make; but by who we are, and whose we are: whether we are ‘in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:1),
These two states of mind also determine our present circumstance, and our destiny: whether “death” or “life and
peace” (Romans 8:6). Death arose from rebellion against God (Genesis 2:17), and has left man in a state of flesh-
serving carnality ever since (Romans 8:7). Adam had but one law to keep, but his failure ushered in ‘the law of sin
and death’ (Romans 8:2).
This is spiritual death, such that we are each born ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ (Ephesians 2:1). The carnal mind is
dead to God, and totally unable to keep the law of God (Romans 8:7). Those whose mind is set in the flesh, and
who therefore serve their own selfish interests, cannot please God (Romans 8:8).
Yet the Apostle Paul is writing to Christians, so he wants to reassure them here, after all this talk of fleshly
carnality: “but you…” (Romans 8:9). First, negatively, you are not in (enslaved to) the flesh. Second, positively,
“but in the Spirit” (Romans 8:9).
Paul casts no doubt on the status of his addressees. You are in the Spirit “if indeed” or rather “since” the Spirit of
God dwells in you. It is a matter of fact, just like a clause in Jesus’ prayer: ‘Thou, Father, in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us’ (John 17:21).
This is an unashamedly Trinitarian verse. The language moves seamlessly from “the Spirit” to “the Spirit of God”
to “the Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9). The inference is, “anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ” does not
belong to Him!
The present state of the believer is one of hope. The principle of our life is no longer based in the old ways of
corrupted flesh in rebellion against God (Romans 8:7). We have a new principle: the life of the Spirit within us
(Romans 8:10), arising from the fact that we have been made righteous in Christ Jesus (cf. Romans 3:21-22)
Peter says that it was God who raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24), with which Paul also concurs (Acts 13:30).
As the good shepherd, Jesus also claimed to have the authority not only to lay down His life, but also to take it up
again (John 10:18). Paul implies the involvement of ‘the Spirit of holiness’ in Jesus’ resurrection (cf. Romans 1:4),
and in our own… (Romans 8:11).
If it is indeed the Spirit who raised up Jesus from the dead who dwells in you, believer - and it is - we have the
assurance that our mortal bodies shall also be raised “by His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). “The
God of Jacob” (Psalm 146:5) “executes judgment for the oppressed” and “gives food to the hungry” (Psalm 146:
7). This covenant God heard the voice of the cry of the children of Israel in bondage in Egypt (Exodus 3:9), and
fed them in the wilderness (Exodus 16:32). The LORD loosed the captives (Psalm 146:7).
The name of “the LORD” resounds throughout the rest of the Psalm - yet we could just as easily read the name
of Jesus. After all, it was He who set us free from our sins in His own blood (Revelation 1:5), and who goes on
releasing those who have been held in bondage to sin and to death (Romans 6:6; Hebrews 2:15). It is He who
opens the eyes of the blind (Psalm 146:8; cf. Acts 26:18), and who raises up the bowed down (Luke 13:11-13).
We are also able to see what we should be doing. The LORD cares for the strangers, the refugees, the outsiders
(Psalm 146:9): so should we. The LORD relieves the orphans and widows – and often that is through the
obedience His own people.
Why should we trust and praise this God? Unlike the princes (Psalm 146:3), He shall reign for ever and ever, and
to all generations (Psalm 146:10). This is your God (the Psalmist addresses God’s people) - so be sure you all
“Praise the LORD” (Psalm 146:10). (iii) The exhortation to praise the LORD in Psalm 117:1 is addressed to all
nations, and to all people (Romans 15:11). It may well be the shortest Psalm in the Old Testament manual of
praise, but it is both universal and inclusive. Paul sees in it another argument for unity within the church.
Paul rounds off his discussion with another benediction (Romans 15:13). We are blessed with hope, joy, peace,
faith, and power in the Holy Spirit. How can we possibly continue to live at odds with one another? Accepting
Jesus as your Lord and Savior , worship and praise to our awesome Creator through Jesus and eternity in Heaven
, Let us pray ,