Sermon Notes, Pastor Milton Vincent
April 28, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
We have studied and exposited Romans 5-8 over the past year and a half. Now, what then shall we do in response to the Gospel truths, promises, and realities we have learned?
“The Gospel is like a caged lion. It does not need to be defended, it just needs to be let out of its cage.” -Spurgeon
Comparing Romans 7 and 8:
Romans 7: The words, I, my, me are used 47 times. The word “law” is used a total of 22 times. 19 times in reference to the OT law, and 3 times in reference to the law of sin.
If you revolve around the law the best you are ever going to get is “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” (Rom. 7:19)
Romans 8: The Spirit is mentioned 20 times.
What Paul longs for (life in the Spirit) is found in Romans 8.
SIX THINGS THE SPIRIT DOES WITH REGARD TO US WHO ARE GOD’S CHILDREN
1. He liberates us from the law of sin and death. (Rom. 8:1-2)
-There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
-The law of sin and death has been broken.
-The law that says you are a slave to sin is broken.
As much as we hate sin, for many years it has been our home and it’s comfortable. When stresses come, it’s easy to retreat back into sin. (Example given: Russell Moore’s adoption of an orphan from a Russian orphanage. The orphan was offered a better life, free from the stench and squalor of the orphanage, yet cries and reaches back toward orphanage when taken away.) The Holy Spirit beckons us to a life of freedom, better by far than our old bondage.
2. He inhabits us, making us His home. (Rom. 8:9-11)
-The Holy Spirit dwells in us.
-Not just that the Holy Spirit is present, but He makes us His home.
-The word “dwell” means not just as a guest or a tenant, but as an owner. We belong to him.
-He has ownership rights to do what He wants for our good and His Glory.
3. He enlivens our spirits by making vivid to us the reality of our justification. (Rom. 8:10)
-At our conversion, God decides to forever think of us as forgiven of our sins, past, present and future.
-He forever thinks of us as having the righteousness of Jesus.
-His thoughts toward us are forever governed by this verdict of “righteous”.
-The Spirit actualizes the reality of our justification and makes it vivid in our souls.
Paul uses half of chapter 3, all of chapter 4, and all of chapter 5 in Romans, 57 verses (!) to teach believing people about the reality of their Justification. Why? The Holy Spirit put it in Paul to reveal the doctrine of Justification because He wants it to be real to us.
-Doctrine of Justification mortifies idols, fills us with inner joy and a desire to obey.
-Let the Holy Spirit take us deeper into the doctrine of Justification. Be a student of this doctrine and its realities.
-Our Justification is a one-time occurrence, but the realities of it can be enjoyed and expanded upon.
4. He empowers us to kill sin. (Rom. 8:13)
-God did not give us the Holy Spirit so that we could coddle sin and live a life of sin management.
-It is by the power of the Holy Spirit we kill sin.
-Romans 7 could represent what it’s like to try to kill sin apart from the Spirit.
Don’t let it be conceived. (Js. 1:14-15)
If conceived, kill it before its birth.
If born, mortify it with confession and repentance.
When tempted, don’t think compromise, toleration or coddling. Think MURDER (of sin).
Kill it by confessing it and running to the cross.
Christians need a “Holy Mean Streak” when it comes to sin.
Develop an attitude against sin.
5. He leads us in the ways of sonship. (Rom. 8:14-16)
-Lead by Spirit = Sons of God.
-He coaches and leads into living a life appropriate as a son or daughter of God.
-We are more than just a subject or a slave (although we are that, too), but also a child of God living in the full privileges as sons and daughters of God.
-Don’t be timid or afraid. Trust the Holy Spirit to lead us closer in Father and child relationship.
-By the Holy Spirit we cry out, “Abba! Father! Daddy!”
-The Holy Spirit brings us to the Father in our joy, celebration, worship, grief, mourning or pain.
-The Holy Spirit also mediates the response of the Father toward us. (v. 16)
6. He helps us with our weakness and intercedes for us. (Rom. 8:26-27)
-He is not put off or repulsed by us in our ignorance and weakness, but attracted to it.
-He moves toward us in our weakness and helps us by interceding on our behalf.
-He comes alongside and is not satisfied until we get what we need.
-The Holy Spirit prays and the Father agrees with His prayer for our weakness.
Inside the prayer of the Holy Spirit, your deepest need meets God’s perfect will. Let the Spirit have His way and there’s no telling what God will do!