from Lynda Lindsey
Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:14
Grace, God’s magnificent, triumphant grace. By grace we’ve been saved through faith as a gift from God. Acceptance of that gift begins a lifetime process of learning to live in accordance with our new master’s purpose for us: to be fruit bearers for God. Everything old is made new and requires a new way of thinking and living as the Holy Spirit begins His transforming work in us. Just as we began our new life by faith, live by faith, and continue in faith, we have been made new, we are new, and we will continue to be made new; we are counted righteous, but not yet made perfect.
Minds and hearts, no longer focused on our old ways of doing and thinking, are now focused on spiritual ideas and truths. No longer dominated by sin, no longer hostile and rebellious toward God, we set our minds on heavenly things, the things of Christ. Hidden with Christ in God, we seek life and holiness, the things above. Led by the Spirit, we seek to live by the Spirit. We learn to walk by faith, not sight, in freedom not bondage, choosing grace-filled obedience, harder by far, than blindly following iron-clad legalistic rules.
God, through the Holy Spirit, does the transformational work to make us new; our responsibility is to cooperate with God, pursue righteousness and reject old sinful practices. Faith in Christ births us into God’s family; we become His adopted sons and daughters, His heirs, and coheirs with Christ. Adopted children gain all the rights and privileges of their new family. Not only is our old way of life not counted against us, we are privileged to cultivate an intimate, loving relationship with our Father. We have life and peace, love and sonship, all because of God’s triumphant grace!