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For the Christian, walking in the Spirit has nothing to do with keeping THE Law or, indeed, keeping and behavioral code to please God or validate His choice of you. We are new creatures in Christ!

For the Christian, walking in the Spirit has nothing to do with keeping THE Law or, indeed, keeping and behavioral code to please God or validate His choice of you. We are new creatures in Christ!

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  • 1. 7.3 WALKING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: . . . a Biblical description
  • 2. LIST OF ENTRIES (LINKS!) (TO DATE: MARCH 24, 2011)A Church in Transition VisitSola Scriptura lennyhoy.com forThe Trinity more!Trinity: Wit’s EndThe God-Man Jesus ChristThe Holy SpiritFallen ManSalvationExperiencing the Holy Spirit: IHoly Spirit III: Biblical ConsiderationsDivine Healing (TBA)The Church (TBA)Resurrection (TBA)Second Coming (TBA)
  • 3. WALKING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: NOT A MATTER OF LAW
  • 4. WALKING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: NOT A MATTER OF LAW T he Mosaic Law Does Not Provide An Effective Guide To Walk ing In T he Spirit
  • 5. 20.If you have died with Christ to the elementaryprinciples of the world, wh y, as if you were livingin the world, do you submit yourself to decrees,such as, 21.“Do not han dle, do not taste, do nottouch!” 22.(which all refer to things destined toperish with use)—in accordance with the teachings of men? 23. commandments and These are matters whic h have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value a gainst fleshly indulgence. Colossians 2:20
  • 6. Wait a minute- NO LAW??? I get to do what I want when I want to? How come more peopledon’t buy into this ‘Christian’ thing? I mean, working to make the ‘Nice List’ every year cramps my style!
  • 7. Go df orb i d!! ! Wait a minute- NO LAW??? I get to do what I want when I want to? How come more people don’t buy into this ‘Christian’ thing? I mean, working to make the ‘Nice List’ every year cramps my style!
  • 8. WALKING IN THE SPIRIT– DONE THE RIGHT WAY!! Yes, our outward behavior chang es when we walk in the Spirit! Peop le DO notice a difference! What people might not notice right off is this: WHY and HO W our behavior changed! Go to Paul’s epistle to theEphesians to see what’s different about walking in the Spirit.
  • 9. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .We walk as adopted children, not prisoners ina parade of enslaved captives. destined us to ad option as sons He pre lf, according to through Je sus Christ to Himse the kind inten tion of His will . . . Ephesians 1:5 We seek to develop a rightly ordered relation- ship to our adoptive spiritual Father.
  • 10. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .We walk using an inner source of divine power. son I bow my knees before the Father,14. For this rea eaven and on earth15. from who m every family in h name, 16. that He would grant you,derives its ording to the riches of His glory, to beacc h His Spirit in thestrengthened with power throug inner man . . .Ephesians 3:14-16
  • 11. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .
  • 12. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .We walk in the secure certainty of God’s love . . . may dwell in your he arts through faith; 17 so that Christ ded in love, 18. and that you, bein g rooted and groun comprehend with a ll the saints what is may be able to d depth, 19. and the breadth and le ngth and height an w the love of Chris t which surpasses to kno filled up to all the knowled ge, that you may be f ullness of God. . . Ephesians 3:17-19 . . . to a full comprehension of God’s love.
  • 13. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .
  • 14. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . . We rid ourselves of the ‘old self’ instead of reforming it! e to your former ma nner of life, you lay22. in referenc d in accordance e the old self, whic h is being corrupteasid eit, 23. and that yo u be renewed inw ith the lusts of decthe spir it of your mind . . .Ep hesians 4:22+23
  • 15. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .
  • 16. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . . o your former mann er of life, you lay22. in reference t ted in accordance side the old self, w hich is being corrupa eceit, 23. and that you be renewed inwith the lusts of dthe spirit o f your mind . . .Ephesians 4:22+23
  • 17. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . . o your former mann er of life, you lay22. in reference t ted in accordance side the old self, w hich is being corrupa eceit, 23. and that you be renewed inwith the lusts of dthe spirit o f your mind . . .Ephesians 4:22+23 We pursue an inner spiritual transformation of the self, not just an outward compliance with a new set of rules.
  • 18. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .
  • 19. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .We’re looking for something– a new self . . . self, which in the likeness of God 24. and put on the new d holiness of the s been created in righteousness anhatruth.Ephesians 4:24 This new self has already exists–God asks us to discover it and wear it like a new suit!
  • 20. Can we take a little breather here, mister? My head’s pretty fulland I suspect that Paul has even more information to cram into this ole’ gray cranium!
  • 21. Can we take a little OK, breather here, mister? Let’s put togethera helpful summary before My head’s pretty full Paul takes us further and I suspect that Paul has more down the road! information to cram into this ole’ gray cranium!
  • 22. SUMMARY SO FAR . . .When we walk in the Spirit . . .
  • 23. SUMMARY SO FAR . . .When we walk in the Spirit . . . Our Assets: We walk as God’s own children, We use a God-given inner power, We walk secure in God’s love.
  • 24. SUMMARY SO FAR . . .When we walk in the Spirit . . .
  • 25. SUMMARY SO FAR . . .When we walk in the Spirit . . . Our Challenge: Renew our minds Discover the new creatures God has already made of us in Christ.
  • 26. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .We walk using God as our model. itators of God, as b eloved children;1. Therefore be im lso loved you and2. and walk in lo ve, just as Christ agave Him self up for us . . .Ephesians 5: 1 Verses 2-9 explain some of the changes we’ll make in how we conduct ourselves.
  • 27. WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT . . .We walk using God as our model. itators of God, as b eloved children;1. Therefore be im lso loved you and2. and walk in lo ve, just as Christ agave Him self up for us . . .Ephesians 5: 1 Verses 2-9 explain some of the changes we’ll make in how we conduct ourselves.
  • 28. EPHESIANS 5 TELLS CHRISTIANS– D on ’t steal Avoid immorality, impurity, greed– Allow no filthiness, silly talk, coarse jesting– Do n’t be foolish . . . nor participate in the un fruitful deeds of darkness
  • 29. EPHESIANS 5 TELLS CHRISTIANS– D on ’t steal Avoid immorality, Yeah, right! S ke ounds li of h impurity, greed– e old buncthe sam ing Bible joy-kill k Allow no filthiness, silly s, if you as legalism e! talk, coarse jesting– m Do n’t be foolish . . . nor participate in the un fruitful deeds of darkness
  • 30. You couldn’t bemore WRONG, mister!Walking in the Spirit is a whole different experience.
  • 31. Chan ging and beha unde vior Spir r the unde it dif influ r the fer t ence Law hree of th way e s:
  • 32. Chan ging and beha unde vior Spir r the unde it dif influ r the fer t ence Law hree of th eMOTIV way s: EMEANS METHOD
  • 33. MOTIVE
  • 34. MOTIVE LAWFocus on the SelfFear of God’swrath-Deut 30:17Hope for God’sblessing– Deut 30:16Pride–Matt 23:25
  • 35. MOTIVE LAWFocus on the Self SPIRITFear of God’s Focus on Our Relationshipswrath-Deut 30:17Hope for God’s Love/God–(5:1)blessing– Deut 30:16 Worthiness–(5:5)Pride–Matt 23:25 Gratitude–(5:10,20) Respect/husband– (5:22) Love/Wife–(5:25)
  • 36. MEANS
  • 37. MEANS LAW EarthlyHuman effort–(Romans 7:21-5)Will Power–(Romans7:21-5)
  • 38. MEANS SPIRIT Heavenly God’s effort–(Phil 1:6, 2:13) LAW God’s gifts–(Eph 1:17) Earthly God’s design–(Eph 2:10) God’s power–(EphHuman effort– 3:20)(Romans 7:21-5)Will Power–(Romans7:21-5)
  • 39. METHODS
  • 40. METHODS LAW ExternalOu tward displaysof religiosity–(Matt23:25)Bod ily Discipline–(1Tim 4:8)Eth ical Decrees: (Col2:20)Em otional Excess:(Col 2:20, Rom 10:2)
  • 41. METHODS LAW SPIRIT External InternalOu tward displays Learn Christ–(Ephof religiosity–(Matt 4:20)23:25) Know Christ–(PhilBod ily Discipline–(1 3:8+10)Tim 4:8) Renew Minds–(EphEth ical Decrees: (Col 4:23 vs. 4:17)2:20) Put off the Old SelfEm otional Excess: (Eph 4:22)(Col 2:20, Rom 10:2) Put on New Self– (Eph 4:24)
  • 42. sible Outc omes of Pos nder Law ng Righte ousness UPursui
  • 43. sible Outc omes of Pos nder Law ng Righte ousness UPursui Woe to you scribes and pharisees ... 1. The Hypocrisy of the Pharisees (Matt 23) or of Peter (Galatians 2) 2. The Virtue-Without-Love Syndrome (I Cor 13) 3. Continual Frustration (Romans 7:24) decre es . . .Why do you submit yourself to I have become a noisy gong . . . You were run n ing well–who hindered you ... w ay . . . You did not learn Christ in this
  • 44. Possible Outcomes of Pursuing Righteousness By The Spirit
  • 45. Now I shall s how youa more exce llent way . . . Possible Outcomes of Pursuing Righteousness By The Spirit 1. We walk in love (Eph 5:2) as imitators of God and as the children of God (Eph 5:1) 2. We live as God’s workmanship (Eph 2:10) 3. We bear spiritual fruit (Gal 5:22) 4. We are strong in the Lord (Eph 6:10) That I may k and the pow now Him er of His res and the fello urrection Live by the Spirit and wship of His sufferings . . walk by the Spirit . . . . ness ... love, joy, peace, patience, kind It is God who is at work in you . . . Rejoice in the Lord always . . .
  • 46. In essence, the difference between these two pathways to righteousness boils down to this:Working in the flesh to please God amounts to CPR on A CORPSE: Our old, dead crucified-with-Christ self. We struggle to clean this corpse up and make it worthy of God’s grace and acceptable in His sight.No wonder we’re frustrated with our lives!
  • 47. In essence, the difference betweenthese two pathways to righteousness boils down to this:
  • 48. In essence, the difference betweenthese two pathways to righteousness boils down to this:
  • 49. In essence, the difference between these two pathways to righteousness boils down to this:Working in the Spirit to please God amounts to DISCOVERING OUR NEW SELVES: Which God has already created!We live to discover and put on this already- in-existence New Self, made in truth to reflect God’s righteousness and holiness. Stop CPR! Walk in the Spirit!
  • 50. Next in series:“Walking the Walk”