The Believer's Bent
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
March 27, 2011
As you're turning to Romans 8 ... keep in mind that what God saves ... God sanctifies. Salvation begins our relationship with God. Sanctification builds our relationship with God. And remember what sanctification is: it is God's process of setting us apart from the world and unto Himself so that He can use us in mighty ways.
And God .. the Divine sanctifier ... sanctifies us BY HIS SPIRIT .. THROUGH HIS WORD .. FOR HIS PURPOSES AND PLEASURES. Now this 8th chapter of Romans was written to those who have been saved and are being saved and have been sanctified and are being sanctified.
And what a wonderful chapter we're in tonight. We enter chapter 8 with NO CONDEMNATION for we read in Romans 8.1, "There is therefore NO CONDEMNATION (no separation) to those who are in Christ Jesus."
And we leave chapter 8 with NO SEPARATION for we read in 8.39 that nothing "shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." So .. we enter chapter 8 with NO CONDEMNATION and we leave chapter 8 with NO SEPARATION and in between is the SECURITY of the Spirit-filled Life!
Now last time together from the first four verses we saw what it meant to be Under New Management and how being Under New Management gives us security. For instance .. being under new management means that we are now ...
*Secured by a New Law: the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.
*Secured by a New Love: the love of Jesus.
*Secured by a New Life: life through His Spirit that now dwells in us.
What the Law couldn't do ... Jesus did! That is .. to bring us into a relationship with God! J. Sidlow Baxter put it this way: "And now through Him .. we no longer struggle to keep the Law in order to be saved .. but by our new life in the Spirit we are living out the precepts of the law because we are saved."
Listen to these passages that confirms over and ov ...
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