Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 23
ROMAN ROAD TO SALVATION
I'm getting more and more a burden for lost people than I have ever had before, because I'm realizing how many, even church people, have never had a real Salvation experience. Now, verse 5 continuing:
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh (the word here for `flesh' is another word for the old Adamic nature); but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." A person that is a child of God is going to mind the things of the Spirit.
"Because the carnal mind (the mind we're born with, that mind that we've inherited from Adam) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
I've pointed out that most people don't realize they're an enemy of God. Recently, I was reading a footnote in some Bible teacher's old book. The lost person is an enemy of God. Now, verse 8:
"So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
I think sometimes people have to be scared a little bit. So turn to Galatians Chapter 5 and this verse will shake people up, or at least should. First, Paul tells us in Romans 2:
"In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel."
Everybody is going to either stand as lost or saved by what they have done with Paul's Gospel, and that Gospel is believing for Salvation that Christ died, was buried. So now Paul writes again to believers:
Law, legalism, Judaism.
And now verse 2. Galatians 5:2
"Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing."
Paul is talking about circumcision for Salvation. We've got to warn people about this. Paul goes on in verse 3:
Then Paul puts the cap on it in verse 4.
Then Paul says); ye are fallen from grace."
Now, let's come back Romans Chapter 8, and verse 10:
"And if Christ be in you,..."
I make a lot of Paul, and I make no apology for it because Paul claims to be the apostle of the Gentiles. It's within Paul's writings that most of Christendom gets its basic doctrine. Colossians 1:27
Reading on in verse 10.
"And if Christ be in you, the body (the old Adam again) is dead because of sin (in other words Adam and the flesh was all under the curse, and this body is going to die if The Lord doesn't come to translate it. I think Paul is referring to eternal life, that life which will never end because of righteousness.
God the Father used the power of the Holy Spirit to raise the Son. In Ephesians Chapter 2, Paul has almost the same identical language.
We believers, too, were once dead in trespasses and sins.
I'd never dream of going to a Bible study. The word sin deals with that old Adamic nature. Adam is like that old still, producing sins, plural. So Paul says that when we were dead in the activity that was prompted by old Adam He), hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" And not by works. Romans 8:12,13
"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die (that's what God told Adam and Eve in the Garden, and it hasn't changed); but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (or put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live."
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they (hope to be? No, they) are the sons of God."
Most of Christendom today feels that if you do everything right, if you can hang on, if this, and if that, you might make it. But this Book never says that. Now, verse 15.
What the word really means, as Paul uses it, is that we're placed as a full son. The glory of all this is, "The moment we're saved, yes, we're born into the family of God, but immediately God places us as the full heir with Jesus Christ." So get these basic doctrinal truths straight, that, yes, at Salvation we are born into the family of God by the work of the Holy Spirit, but there comes another act of God that places us then as full heir. Romans 8:16,17
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs of God (and not just an heir down the line some place who's going to hope for maybe a little bit of the inheritance, but we're what?); and joint-heirs with Christ;..."
So as we come in by being born in the family of God, placed as an equal full-grown son and placed in that position by adoption, we become joint-heirs, with Jesus Christ.