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"Living According to the Spirit" and "The Marks of a Real Christian" (19 of 47)
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You know that is the way your mind is when you become a Christian or if you are a Christian and you do not let your mind become enamored by the things of the spirit?
What can look beautiful and clean, healthy and a place to spend a nice time, if not maintained by the spirit becomes over run by the things of this world, sin and pollution. So that you no longer think like a Christian, but you start to think like a person of the world.
The spiritual richness of this chapter is beyond calculation and surpasses adequate comment. When read by a believer with an open mind and an obedient heart, it is incredibly enriching. It is one of the supreme life-changing chapters in Scripture. It moves along in an ever-ascending course, concluding in the marvelous paean of praise and assurance: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, either the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 8:38-39(NIV)).
The Holy Spirit is mentioned but once in the first seven chapters of Romans, but is referred to nearly twenty times in Chapter 8. The Spirit is to a believer what God the Creator is to the physical world. Without God, the physical world would not exist. It has been created and is continually sustained by the omnipotent power of God. So the Holy Spirit---who also, of course, participated in the creation of the world - is and preserves spiritual life in those who place their trust in Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who ultimately will bring every believer into the full consummation of his salvation by granting him eternal glory in the presence of God.
It should be made clear that the Holy Spirit is not merely an influence or ...
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