Romans Week 14- Walking Amont the Living Dead
Chapter 8 in Romans begins Paul’s summary statement of God’s solution to the problem of sin. We live in the “in between” time…the time between the coming of the Holy Spirit and the final resurrection. When the final resurrection happens we will all receive a glorified body that isn’t impacted by Adam’s sin. But, until then, we all live in this reality- we have the Holy Spirit, and we have an unresurrected body.
That unresurrected body means that we are all influenced by a fallen nature- Adam’s nature. And that “flesh” or “sinful nature” is fighting for control of our mind. If it wins, our thinking will be dominated by sin and the outcome will be our death. If the Sinful nature controls our thinking, we are spiritual zombies- the walking dead. We are alive, but dead. Physically walking about with spirits that are dominated by death.
But, God has provided the full solution in the Holy Spirit. He was given as a deposit to God’s promised resurrection. That deposit is both something real that we have today, as well as a promise of what is to come. The reality he brings today is the ability to have our minds freed from the death that controls us- to live life NOW. The resurrection begins now, and it begins with our minds. The future gift he promises is resurrection after physical death. So, the resurrection begins now and is culminated after a life lived in submission to God. Death must come to this body because of sin, but the life that began now will spring up once again and raise us back to eternal life.
So, I have been given the ability to live life rather than walk in death. But, to live the life that has been given to me, I have to restore God to his rightful place of authority. He wants to make his home in me, and he demands to be the master of his home. When I quit worshiping the creation (me), and turn my worship back to the creator (God), I will once again submit to his authority and experience the life that flows from him. I am no longer a spiritual zombie, but a resurrected believer!
The big idea: The Spirit resurrects the walking dead.
- Our RESURRECTION begins with our MINDS. (vs. 5-8)
- I’m born a spiritual Zombie– the walking dead (5a, 6a)
- The Spirit changes me from WALKING DEATH to LIVING LIFE (5b, 6b, 7)
- The question is “Will I LIVE my resurrection NOW?” (vs. 9-14)
- A resurrected life SUBMITS to the King of the universe-
- This resurrected life is only possible when God is the MASTER over his dwelling- US.
- I’m no longer a spiritual ZOMBIE– I’m not controlled by my urge to sin…I CAN LIVE. (vs. 12-14)