by Ernest Easley

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Series: The Debt We Owe
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Romans 8:12-17
June 19, 2011

There's a lot of talk these days about the debt we owe: $14 trillion dollars and growing by the second. Those are real dollars that owe other countries. There's a lot of talk taking place across our nation about that debt. Some want to raise the debt ceiling while others want to raise it. Some want to cut government spending while others want to raise government spending.
And then there is the discussion about the long term effects of $14 trillion dollars of debt. Our nation's future is at risk due to excessive government spending and our getting deeper into debt.
You see … as a country, we are debtors! But did you know that as Christians, we are also debtors! We use to sing a chorus about that: "He paid a debt He didn't owe, we owe a debt we can not pay." Well … it's true! And that's what we hear the apostle Paul saying in Romans 8.12, "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors …" Now who is "we?" Well .. the "we" refers to the born again .. the saved .. the followers of Jesus .. the children of God … THAT WE!
Now if that describes you .. that means that YOU ARE A DEBTOR! You got that? All right … yes "we" are debtors .. but to whom? Well .. Paul answers that in Romans 8.12-13, "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors - not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live."
Clearly we're told here that we are NOT debtors to the flesh. We have no obligation to the flesh .. that is .. to our sinful nature. After all … it was because of the flesh that the law was unable to save us.
Romans 8.3, "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh."
NO, we're not in debt to the flesh, but we are in d ...

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