Power Packed—Romans 8:1-25

There are many things you can buy these days, the features of which you may never use or understand. Cars nearly drive themselves. There are smart TVs that require a Millennial to operate. And try plumbing the depths of Photoshop! Not enough time in the day. The same goes for what the Spirit does in our lives! But in this case we can understand all that is under the hood.

Stepping aside from the almost word-by-word magnificence of Romans for a second, I scanned Chapter 8 to see what the Spirit of Life does for me—and you.

First, it’s replaced the law of sin and death with the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. I can now walk not according to the flesh but the Spirit. I have been emancipated.

With him on board I am able to set my mind on the things that are important to God. Only then am I able to experience real peace in my life and do the things that please him.

Actually I should not be able to contain the excitement in me when I truly realize who I’ve got inside! It’s mind blowing. Get this. The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is in me. Now I’m immortal. Now I’ve got power to live sin free, for “putting to death the deeds of the flesh.” Now I have a leader to follow who gives me instructions from within. It’s better than Google maps in a big city! Now I’m adopted into his family and stand to inherit all that’s his, that is everything that could be imagined.

But, and there’s always a catch, for now I get only the first fruits of his spirit. But even so, the unexpiring trial version is fully functional, only causing me by design to want it all. And that’ll be available in a place where he’s there in person, not in spirit.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. I defy more categorization than that. Been studying the Word for 40 years and counting.
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