When I consider Romans 7, two concepts stand out that seem to sum up the chapter as a whole:
4) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
19) For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
My question to you: Are you still experiencing Romans 7:19? Do you still find yourself struggling to overcome the sin nature and doing things contrary to God’s perfect will?
The remedy, of course, is found in Jesus Christ because He is the One who points us to His Father. It is the spirit of the Father that creates the action needed to overcome.
What is spoken of in Romans 8:3, condemning sin in the flesh, is further explained in Romans 8:13. By means of God’s truth, we put to death the deeds of the body. The truth of God’s glory is to be more specific.
5) And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting (attending to) the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Realize, God needs to govern the conscience, symbolized in Revelation as Him sitting on the throne. Also, take to heart the following scripture:
8) He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.
Always turn to the glory of God and keep His character on the throne of your conscience. His spirit will quicken your mortal body to overcome the deeds of the flesh.
It is hard to say how truth will impact a person, or for how long someone will faithfully follow the truth they have. All Christians want to believe they are known and accepted of God, forgiven by God, and loved by God. The difficulty happens when there is a difference of opinion between our flesh and His spirit.
Let’s look at a quick definition of God’s spirit:
(6) This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
The spirit of a person equals what they know and believe to be right and wrong and the wisdom to live it. God’s spirit for right and wrong is all true and accurate. His spirit existed before this world. In fact, it was in His spirit to create man and give him the tools needed to walk and live in all righteousness. God’’s spirit is the eternal spirit, mentioned in Hebrews 9:14:
(14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The sacrifice of Christ was God’s plan from the foundation of the world. The adoption of believing and obedient people, thru Christ, was also from the foundation of the world. All of the above came from that eternal spirit possessed by our heavenly Father.
The Book of Revelation is a step by step examination of the salvation of Zion and the eternal spirit being given to literal Israel. When the spirit of God comes in, that which was literal becomes spiritual, and life is in the spirit, not the flesh. It is the spirit that gives life, and life is to know the only true and living God. Receiving His spirit is to know Him and what He is all about.
The lowest point of my life happened when I became convinced I was not my son’s father. I had allowed a lie to penetrate my heart and bring me into a living hell. A friend, who saw my depression, took me to visit his pastor and the lowest point of my life soon changed to the highest. In this state of depression, I cried out to the living God and He immediately came into my life giving me hope, love, and joy.
I mention this because of the mindset I had to be in to accept Christ and allow Him to change my life. It is described in Matthew 5.
(3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
(5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
(6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
To be in a place as described above, is to have a teachable spirit, and to be willing to let Christ have His way in your life.
Poor in spirit = you know you don’t have the answers and are willing to allow His input.
Mourn = to have sorrow for where you are, your state of mind and being.
Meek = no longer willing to strike out and hurt others.
Hunger and Thirst after righteousness = longing to posses God’s understanding and to know the things of God.
This is the place some of us come to when we cry out to God and ask forgiveness. This is the place I found when I had a conversion experience December 1, 1979. This is the place God would have all to be, to continue on into deeper truth.
When we resist truth, we manifest pride and an unchanging heart. We can no longer receive the truth of His spirit. We are not being saved.
Revelation is a prophecy showing the path of the just unto salvation. When first giving our heart to Christ, we see things the way the world sees things. In fact, we still have the world in our heart and to know the things of God are just not automatically there.
(9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
(10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For God to reveal truth through His spirit takes time, and much of what He reveals comes from His spirit through other believers. We need to separate from the universal church and cling to God’s people. Salvation happens in the human heart as we grow in faith. To place ourselves with people who know not the truth can bring ruin and destruction.
(1) And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
(2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
(3) For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. (This is the cry of God’s people to those who have ears to hear).
(4) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
(5) For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. (This is God’s cry as He tries to save those who have ears to hear).
Babylon is a habitation of devils and foul spirits. God’s children would not be comfortable there. They would never consider this to be home. Truth is to die for.
As I read Romans 5:1-5, I am thrilled with amazement of the hope we have in our savior Jesus Christ. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
God’s desire in creating humanity was to give His spirit of understanding to those who have ears to hear. We, as earthen vessels of clay, can posses the understanding of God and be made into His image in our inward man. It simply takes a desire to accept His will regardless of the suffering involved.
God’s glory defined:
(5) And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
(6) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
(7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
(8) And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
This is a description of God’s character in words as the cross is a depiction of God’s glory in action.
Salvation is to allow God’s understanding to come into your heart, then live it.
28) Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
We will be considering word meanings and salvation in the Revelation. Stay tuned!