This week, we took a shift in our Romans series from understanding the weight and burden of sin to understanding how to walking free from condemnation. We can be our worst enemy, ready to let the hammer of condemnation and shame drop on our heads. Christ has the answer to set you free from condemnation through Jesus’ victory over sin and death, and the power of the Holy Spirit teaching us to walk according to the Spirit.

1. No Condemnation in Christ

Romans 8:1 (ESV)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 1:18 (ESV)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

John 5:24 (ESV)
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

You are in Adam, or you are in Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:22 (ESV)
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Everything Changes When You Are in Christ…
• In Christ, we are “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
• In Christ, we have “no condemnation” (Romans 8:1).
• In Christ, we have a new connection as “fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (Romans 16:3).
• In Christ, we have a new expectation (see 1 Corinthians 15:22).

2. Walk by the Spirit

Romans 8:2–4 (ESV)
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The Holy Spirit…
• Frees us from sin and death (vv. 2, 3).
• Enables us to fulfill God’s law (v. 4).
• Changes our nature and grants us strength for victory over our unredeemed flesh (vv. 5–13).
• Confirms our adoption as God’s children (vv. 14–16).
• Guarantees our ultimate glory (vv. 17–30).

Galatians 5:16–25 (ESV)
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Walk According to the Spirit…
• Acknowledgement
• Attention
• Action

Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

3. The Battle Over the Mind

Romans 8:5–8 (ESV)
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Colossians 3:1–2 (ESV)
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

The Battle is Over Your Mind…
• We are only as free as our minds are.
• What we meditate on is what we become.
• We are the gatekeepers of our minds.
• To live victoriously, we need to make Jesus the Lord of our thoughts.

Romans 8:9–11 (ESV)
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

4. Children of the Living God

Romans 8:12–17 (ESV)
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Adoption = Sonship.
Sonship = Belonging.

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Discussion Questions:

  1. We are free from condemnation, but we can be our own worst enemy! Do you find it easy or difficult for you to forgive yourself and move forward? Why or why not?
  2. Pastor Chris stated the Holy Spirit does not follow us, rather we follow in step with Him. What are some of your initial thoughts on this idea? How does this change or challenge the way you make life decisions?
  3. How can you practically and specifically apply the three A’s (acknowledge, attention, action) to help you be more attentive to the Spirit and His leading?
  4. What are some practical and specific ways you can grow in becoming a good gate keeper of your mind?

Application Questions:

  1. Pastor Chris mentioned there is a spiritual battle over our minds stating, “we are only as free as our mind”. This week, sit with the Lord and evaluate your thought life. If it’s helpful, read Philippians 4:8.
  2. Ask God for practical ways to grow in being a good gate keeper of your mind.

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