Everybody Minds Something
Topic: Romans Passage: Romans 8:1–8:8
We are not condemned if we are in Jesus Christ (1-2).
“The difference between an unbeliever sinning and a Christian sinning is the difference between a man transgressing the law of…the State, and…a husband who has done something he should not do in his relationship to his wife. He is not breaking the law, he is wounding the heart of his wife. That is the difference. It is not longer a legal matter, it is a matter of personal relationship and…love…In a sense it is now something much worse than a legal condemnation. I would rather offend against a law of the land objectively outside me, than hurt someone whom I love…In that case, you have sinned, of course, but you have sinned against love…You may and should feel ashamed, but you should not feel condemned, because to do so would put you back under the law.” Martin Lloyd-Jones
Jesus and the gospel are the reasons we are not guilty if we are in Jesus (3-4).
“Whenever we sin, we endeavor to frustrate the aim and purpose of the entire life, death and ministry of Jesus Christ! If this doesn’t work as an incentive for living a holy life, nothing will.” Tim Keller
Mind the things of the Spirit (vs. 5-8).
“Set your mind” - It means to focus intently on something. To be preoccupied with something. To have the attention and the imagination totally captured by something.”
Cue: Paul gives some examples through the rest of chapter 8.
Vs. 14: Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Vs. 15-16: The Spirit removes a fear of rejection and assures us that we are God’s beloved children.
Vs. 26-27: The Spirit gives us confidence to approach God in prayer.
Psalm 103:15-19 should read: “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,
18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.