Living in Christ Jesus our Lord

Written 11/25/2016 by Mar Marilag

Romans 10:9 New Living Translation
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Indeed. We all confess and even shout that Jesus is Lord of our lives. We claim, as Christians, His victory over death, and the prize of salvation. However, we do not stop there. We live our lives for Him since He lives in us. Some may simply ask how?

From the Letter of Paul to the Romans 8:5 – 14 New Living Translation

Life in the Spirit

5Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.

  • Galatians 5:17 New Living Translation
    The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
  • Galatians 5:19 -21 New Living Translation
    When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
  • Galatians 5:22-23 New Living Translation
    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
  • Philippians 3:18 – 19 New Living Translation
    For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.

6So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

  • Galatians 6:8 New Living Translation
    Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
  • Romans 6:23 New Living Translation
    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

7For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

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  • James 4:4 New Living Translation
    You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

8That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

  • Romans 1:21 New Living Translation
    Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
  • Ephesians 4:18 New Living Translation
    Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him

9But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)

  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 New Living Translation
    Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
  • 1 Corinthians 6:17 New Living Translation
    But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New Living Translation
    Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
  • 2 Corinthians 6:16 New Living Translation
    And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

10And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.

  • Galatians 2:20 New Living Translation
    My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

11The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

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  • John 5:21 New Living Translation
    For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants.
  • John 6:63 New Living Translation
    “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

12Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.

  • Romans 6:14 New Living Translation
    Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

13For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.

  • Colossians 3:5 New Living Translation
    So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
  • Ephesians 5:3 New Living Translation
    Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.

14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

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  • Galatians 3:26 New Living Translation
    For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
  • John 1:12 New Living Translation
    But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
  • 1 John 3:1 New Living Translation
    See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
  • Romans 8:16 New Living Translation
    For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

What else then can we do other than be what we are?

If we are children of God, then we should be like children of God!

If we are Christians, then we should be Christ-like – a living proof of the works of Jesus!

If we are saved, then we should be living as saved – and not as someone who needs to be saved!

If we are servants of God, then we should be serving like His servants!

Decide now! Today! This moment! Decide what you want to be. God’s child or God’s enemy? Saved or Condemned? Servant to and for Christ or Servant to no one?

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