Romans 8:1-11 / Walking in the Spirit (Sermon – Notes and Audio)

Posted on November 8, 2013


This is the twenty-ninth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of November 3, 2013. This message deals with the need for believers to walk in the Spirit, if they are to be victorious over sin. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Romans 8:1-11

No condemnation for who?

John 3:18-19

To walk according to the flesh, is to not follow Jesus

You have to allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit.

This passage doesn’t say no mistakes, no failures, or even no sins.

It doesn’t require perfection.

No condemnation does not mean no consequences!

Sin always has consequences, but believers won’t have to face the eternal ones.

The law is grace, and Jesus is life, and is manifested in the believer.

John 1:4

1 John 1:2

. . . and Jesus sets us free.

John 8:36

Believers are dead to the Law, and it cannot claim you, you are free.

Romans 7:6

The law cannot condemn you

Before you are saved , the law condemns you, but after you accept Christ you are free.

Jesus comes in the “likeness of sinful flesh”

He truly came in the flesh (John 1:14), but only in the “likeness” of sinful flesh.

Outwardly, His body was exactly like that of other human bodies.

Because sin is passed through the father (it is inherited from Adam), His virgin birth kept Him free from inherited sin, thus it was sinless flesh.

Romans 5:12

Jesus does what the law never could do, he payed the penalty for your sins.

The law prescribed the penalty, and Jesus payed it.

Jesus bestowed his righteousness on us, so that the law might be fulfilled.

All of God’s righteous requirements were met by Jesus, and He gave us that righteousness.

Again, this is for those who do not walk according to the flesh.

You cannot fulfill the requirements of the law on your own.

Those who walk according to the flesh, are trying to justify themselves. That is impossible.

We are governed by the things that we focus on.

Colossians 3:2

The carnal mind is at war with God. It is impossible for it to obey the law and will of God.

Hebrews 11:6

With the Holy Spirit living in and empowering Christians, we can live a victorious life that is pleasing to God.

“spirit of God” and “Spirit of Christ,” both terms are used in this one verse, they are synonymous.

You cannot belong to the family of God unless you are in dwelt by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is given to you at the moment of salvation.

From the moment you are saved, you are never away from God’s presence.

Psalm 139:7-10

This refers to a bodily death.

Because of sin, the body will die, but we still have eternal life.

The Holy Spirit brings Jesus’ own righteousness to us.

Just as the Holy Spirit gave life to Christ, He will to us.

He gives us eternal life spiritually, but this is also a promise of the future resurrection of our physical bodies.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

God has prepared us for this, and given the Holy Spirit as His guarantee.

2 Corinthians 5:5

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