7.3 EXPERIENCING THE SPIRIT: . . . some Biblical considerations:
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That’s me. Pilgrim. Guy in the foreground. At 64, I’ve been on this Christian walk for the better part of 40 years. Pictured here, I stand on the brink of seeing just how little progress I’ve made.I mention this now because I don’t want you mistakingme for wise guide on the side should you press on withthis presentation.
That’s me. Pilgrim.The Word is open butI misdirect my gazeto my stumbling feet.Nevertheless it’s to theWord that I would turnour attention.I’d share some passages that God’s Word haspressed upon me in the last year or so and whichbelong in any discussion of walking in the Spirit.Do with these passages as the Spirit directs!
WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: GOD’S PARTWretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death? Romans 7:24 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ Romans 7:25
The foundation of our hope of walking in the Spirit: our mystical participation in Jesus’ death and resurrection! to ve be en baptized in at al l of us who ha3 . Or do yo u not know th into His death ? ized ave been baptChrist Jesus h gh baptism int o hrou ied with Him t gh e have been bur mt he dead throu4. Therefore w was raised fro ife r that as Christ lk i n newness of l death, in orde so w e too might wa the glory of the Father, the likeness of His nit ed with Him in 5. For if we have become u lso in the likeness of His l be a death, cer tainly we shal resurrection. t our ied with Him, tha that our old self was crucif ou ld no longer b e 6. Knowing this, ay w ith, that we sh ght be done aw body of sin mi .. slaves to sin . God to si n, but alive to rsel ves to be dead 11. Even so , consider you ) (Ro mans 6:3-6, 11 in Christ Jesus
ll And we know t hat God causes a He predest d to ined us to a things to work together for goo sons throug doption as e od , to those who ar h Jesus Chrthose who love G Himself, ac ist to to His purpose. intention o cording to called according f His will. ( the kind (Romans 8:28) Ephesians 1:5) God’s Design and For I am confident of this very thing, that He who be gan a good Purpose work in you will perfe ct it until the day of Christ (Philipp for our walk with the Spirit ians 1:6) u, both For we are His workmanship, . . . it is God who is at work in yo created in Christ Jesus for good to will and to work for His good works, which God prepared pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
of And the peace of given us a spirit God whichFor God has not nd surpasses all comtimidity, but of power and love a will guard your prehension, 1:7) hearts and dis cipline. (II Timothy your minds in Ch rist Jesus (Phil ippians 4:7) God’s Power In the world, you have tribulatio n, and but take courage; I have overcom e the world! (John 16:33) Promisefor our walk with the Spirit t hat the me o nsider esent ti of For I c f this prW ho will separate us from the love o erings worthy to b that e ss or suffChrist? Will tribulation or distre t are no ith the glory ans ess orpersecution or famine or nakedn w pared aled to us. (R om com sword? . . . in all these things we be reve 8:18) is toover whelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:35 + 37)
WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: THE PILGRIM’S PART If anyone IS in Christ, he IS (already!) a new creature;the old things passed away, behold, new things HAVE COME II Corinthians 5:17
d . . . wor k out your salvation with fear an in Our Role trem bling for it is God who is at work yo u, both to will and to work for H is good and pleasure. (Philippians 2:12) His Commands for our walk with the Spirit . . . lay aside your old self whichis being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit . . . . . . walk as child ren of the (Ephesians 4:22) light . . .trying to learn what is pleasing to the L ord (Ephesians 5:8-10) . . . and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind . . . (Ephesians 4:23+Romans 12:2) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of. . . and put on the new self, which yourselves, it is the gift of God, in the likeness of God has been not as a result of works so that no cerated in righteousness and one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8) holiness of truth . . . (Ephesians 4:23)
THE ‘PUTS’PUT ASIDE . . . The old self (Eph 4:22) and with it: Falsehood (4:25) Bitterness and wrath (4:31) Anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech (Col 3:8) The deeds of darkness (Romans 13:12)PUT ON . . . The new self (Eph 4:24) A heart of compassion (Col 3:12) Love (Col 3:12)
RENEWING THE MIND A CONSCIOUS EFFORT Set your mind on thingsBe renewed in the spirit of above . . . Col 3:2your mind. Eph 4:23 Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 CONSIDER the members of CONSIDER yourselves dead your earthly body to be dead to sin but alive to God in to immorality . . . Col 3:5 Jesus Christ . . . Romans 6:11
RENEWING THE MIND A MATTER OF PRACTICEBe renewed in the spirit of your mind. gs above . . . Col 3:2Eph 4:23 Set your mind on thin Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may pro will of God is, that which is good ve what the and acceptable and perfect. Roma ns 12:2 CONSIDER yourselves dead to sin but alive to God earthly body to beCONSIDER the members of your in Jesus Christ . . . Romans 6:11 . . . Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whateverdead to immorality . . . Col 3:5 is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 me . . . The th ings you have seen in of practice the se things and the God ace will be with you. E ph 4:23 pe