Main idea: As we walk in this life we should walk in the Spirit.
1.We are not condemned because we live according to the Spirit (verses 1,2)
2.We partake of Christ's righteousness as we walk in the Spirit. (verses 3,4)
3.We can set our mind on the flesh or on the Spirit. (verses 5-8)
4.We overcome the flesh and spiritual death by the indwelling of the Spirit. (verses 9-11)
Many of the following thoughts were taken from John Walvoord's book The Holy Spirit.
- Baptism of the Spirit – Cleansing from sin, union with Christ, union with the community of believers. Common experience of all 1 Corinthians 12:13, Matt. 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33, Acts 1:5, 11:16, Rom. 6:1-4, Gal. 3:27, Eph. 4:5, Col. 2:12
- Indwelling of the Spirit – Not the image of God in all, but the Holy Spirit coming into the believer's heart to live there. John 7:37-39, Acts 11:17, Rom. 5:5, 8:9,11; 1 Cor. 2:12; 6:19-20; 12:13; 2 Cor. 5:5; Gal. 3:2; 4:6; 1 John 3:24; 4:13.
- Sealing with the Spirit – Promise of a later fulfillment; A little bit of heaven on earth, guarantee. 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph 1:13; 4:30.
- Conditions for the Filling of the Holy Spirit
A.Quench means to suppress or stifle.
B.When you extinguish a candle you are quenching it.
C.To say no to the Spirit, to be unwilling to do what he says.
D.We should be surrendered to the Spirit.
i.Submission to the plain teaching of Scripture.
ii.Obedience the guidance of the Spirit.
iii.Faith in the providential acts of God
2.“Grieve Not the Spirit” Eph. 4:30
A.The passage implies that while we are sealed until eternity with the Spirit, we can grieve him.
B.Spirit is grieved by sin, not the sin nature.
C.Remedy is to confess sin. 1 John 1:5-2:2
3.“Walk by the Spirit” Gal. 5:6
A.Not a one time experience but a daily experience.
B.As a band or soldiers march in unison, they follow the person to their right. This means they have to be continually attentive to the person they are walking with. If we are walking in the mall or somewhere else we have to continually adjust our pace and stride with whom we are walking. As we go through our day, we need to constantly be attentive to the Spirit.
C.See Romans 8:1-11.
D.Mind set on the things of the Spirit.