The Holy Spirit and You by James Merritt

The Holy Spirit and You
James Merritt
Romans 8:5-14

INTRODUCTION

1. Theologically speaking, there is not a greater chapter in all of the Bible than the 8th chapter of the Book of Romans. Without question, it is a high watermark of biblical revelation.

2. It leads us from salvation to glorification. It tells us how we are saved, how we are sanctified, and how we are secure.

3. The theme of this entire chapter is the Holy Spirit. One time is the Holy Spirit mentioned in the first seven chapters of Romans. But in this chapter He is mentioned almost twenty times. The Holy Spirit is to a believer what God the Creator is to this physical world. Without God, this world would not exist. Likewise, without the Holy Spirit we would not be saved.

4. In a real sense this chapter is a commentary on II Corinthians 5:17, which tells us that every Christian is a ''new creature in Christ.'' We have been given a new Lord. ''There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.'' (v.1a) Then we have been given a new law. ''For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.'' (v.2) Now we see as a result of this, we have been given a new life. ''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, the things of the Spirit.'' (v.5)

5. This new life revolves around the Holy Spirit. It revolves around the life of the Spirit, the leadership of the Spirit, and the love of the Spirit. When we went to school we were taught the three R's - ''Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic.''

6. Here we are taken to school again and given the four R's of the Holy Spirit. These are: Regeneration, Redemption, Resurrection, and Revelation .

I. The Regeneration Of The Spirit

1. In the eyes of God there are only two kinds of people in the world - those who are lost and those who are saved; those who are in Jesus and those are in Adam; those who w ...


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