Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at The Reality of The Resurrection P19 (01-11-22)
Allow the Holy Spirit to Teach You
If you have the Holy Spirit of God, alive living in you, then you have the ability to understand all truth. The Holy Spirit is our teacher today. Yes, man can help guide you, and the church has been given teachers, but don’t place your faith in what a man says. He could be lying to you or teaching you error knowingly or unknowingly. We are told, that those in Christ Jesus have the mind of Christ living in them.
So as you go along in the bible study guides, allow the Spirit of God to renew your mind in truth. Don’t rush through them, it is not a race to see how many questions you can answer, but they are designed to walk you through the word of God in context. The questions are in the context of the subject matter, and so they are to be thought about in the context of the New Covenant that we now are under.
We encourage you to pick up your bible study guides today and go through them and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth of the word of God.
1 Corinthians 2:16
16 or, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Trust in Him to teach you all truth. Don’t even trust in your own understanding of things, for those too could be tainted with error.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
The New You!
We pickup again in Romans 7 where we are discussing about the new you! The new you is now you with the Spirit of God living in you! Christ lives in you if you are in Christ Jesus. Once you are born again of the Spirit, you can’t be unborn. New birth is eternal life. Eternal life is eternal! It is indestructible. It lasts forever. It can never be taken away.
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Yet we still live in a body of flesh. We struggle with this flesh our whole life. We will not be rid of the struggle of flesh until we physically die. We will get a new indestructible body. We look forward to that day!
In Romans 7:18 Paul teaches us about this conflict with our flesh and how nothing good lives in it.
Romans 7:18 KJV
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Paul explains he doesn’t understand himself. He explains that sin lives in the flesh.
Prior to being made a new creation in Christ, we were slaves to sin. We trusted in the wisdom of the world. We trusted in the wisdom of others. Many of us even trusted in our religion and traditions taught by men. And some even trusted in themselves. Yet once we are born of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit begins the work in us and carries it out to completion. He works on renewing our minds and teaching us all truth. And then, just like Paul discovered, the Spirit delivers us from the body of sin and death!
24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Now we are to rejoice in the Lord! Paul explains to them again in order to safeguard you. We should not allow manipulators to convince us that we should have confidence in the flesh. There are teachers of the law that will try and convince you you can clean up the flesh. They themselves are living as hypocrites. They are like the teachers of the law from the days Jesus walked on the earth.
1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence…
Paul explained to the Philippians, that he himself had reasons for such confidence though he put No confidence in his flesh. Paul knew in his heart the hypocrisy that the flesh generates. Paul was obeying the exterior requirements of the law, but on the inside he knew the truth.
4 If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
Now Paul goes on to explain that he now considers all of those things that he listed before, he counts them all as worthless garbage [DUNG] as compared to knowing Christ Jesus.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
What things did Paul lose? He lost everything for the sake of Christ. He lost his job. He lost his prestige. But Paul says that it doesn’t matter, because he gained the righteousness of God!
Romans 3:22 KJV
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Paul presses on. Don’t beat yourself up over the past. Walk in faith in the present. You can’t do anything about the past. Live by faith in Him living in you at this moment in time. We are to walk by faith.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
If you are a new creation in Christ Jesus, you are no longer a sinner. You are a SAINT! Quit thinking of yourself as a sinner. Understand your identity in Christ.
15 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
So, walk by faith in His righteousness. Don’t depend on yourself. Live by FAITH!
17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”