Bible study reading
Please prayerfully read through the following portions of ministry related to this lesson.
In Romans 8 is the freedom in the Spirit without law by the indwelling Christ unto life and peace. In the Spirit you are set free from sin and death. In the Spirit you enjoy life because you have the law of the Spirit of life (v. 2). This divine life can be enjoyed in all three parts of our being. First, this life is in our spirit (v. 10). Then we enjoy this life in our mind (v. 6). Finally, we can enjoy this life in our mortal body (v. 11). If we walk according to the spirit, the righteous requirements of the law will be fulfilled (v. 4), and we will be led as the sons of God (v. 14). (Elders’ Training, Book 6: The Crucial Points of the Truth in Paul’s Epistles, ch. 2, section 3)
Romans 8 is a sharp contrast to Romans 7. Romans 7 has bondage; Romans 8 has freedom. Romans 7 has the law; Romans 8 has the Spirit. Romans 7 has our flesh; Romans 8 has our spirit. Moreover, Romans 7 has the indwelling sin. According to Romans 8 what indwells us? It is Christ, the indwelling Christ. In Romans 7 we have the indwelling sin as the main factor of all wretchedness. In Romans 8 we have the indwelling Christ as the factor of all blessedness.
He is “the Spirit of life,” He is “the Spirit of God,” and He is also “the Spirit of Christ” indwelling us that He may impart Himself as life to us. Christ not only imparts life to our spirit (v. 10), but also to our minds (v. 6) and to our mortal bodies (v. 11). (Life-study of Romans, msg. 16, section 1)
As Christ now is the life-giving Spirit indwelling our spirit as our life and our everything, we should no longer act on our own according to our independent mind. We must keep our mind one with our spirit and act, walk and have our being according to the spirit that we might be freed from the law of sin and from the flesh and that we might spontaneously fulfill the righteous requirement of the law of God. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 15, section 4)