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March 19, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

You are Not in the Flesh

Given the miserable condition called being “in the flesh” that Paul has been describing in verses 7-8, the personal affirmation of verse 9 is one of great encouragement:...Keep Reading

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March 9, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Life in the Flesh

In a blog post last week, Jason began to explore from Romans 8:9ff the Christian believer’s experience of the indwelling Holy Spirit. But before we dig further into that wonder, it may be helpful to revisit Romans 8:7-8 and what it has to say about the ugliness and futility of our terrible enemy called “the flesh”. The jewel of life in the Spirit shines brightest against the backdrop of human corruption that is our lot apart from the Spirit:...Keep Reading

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March 6, 2015 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Paul's Confidence

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February 25, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Two Ways to Live

If you’ve been persevering in memorizing Romans 8 this year, hopefully you have been dwelling on these verses in the month of February: "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" (Romans 8:5-8)...Keep Reading

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February 16, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Is Your Righteousness Filthy Rags?

During yesterday’s church gathering, we sang a new song, with this chorus: These guilty hands are raised, filthy rags are all I bring And I have come to hide beneath your wings These holy hands are raised, washed in the fountain of your grace And now I wear your righteousness...Keep Reading

Posted in: Bible Reflection

February 10, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Walking by the Spirit

In earlier posts on Romans 8, we have seen that one of the blessings of being in Christ is that we have freedom from the rule of sin. In Christ, God has condemned our sin, and the result or purpose of this is that believers fulfill the righteous requirement of the law. But we do not do this in our own power or strength, but in the strength of the Holy Spirit. It is those who “walk according to the Spirit” in whom the righteous requirement of the law is being fulfilled....Keep Reading

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February 2, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

How is the Righteous Requirement of the Law Fulfilled in us?

Notice Romans 8:3-4 are connected by the words “in order that”: "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."...Keep Reading

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January 27, 2015 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Must Be Central

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January 27, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Is Penal Substitution Fair?

Before moving on to verse 4 of Romans 8, let’s consider one more question that arises from considering verse 3:...Keep Reading

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January 23, 2015 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The Likeness of Sinful Flesh

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