From Pastor David: “In Us,” not just “By Us.”
Following up the last posting, we are learning the precious value of meditating and delighting in the Word of the Lord – even the “Law” we find in the Old Testament. While we are not under law, but under grace, we saw how the Law of Moses acts as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.
Then, we land on one of the most profoundly encouraging teachings of the New Testament through Paul. God has dealt with the guilt of all human violations of the Law, nailing it to the cross of Christ. That opens the way for a whole new capacity in the Spirit-filled saints to live up to the righteous standard of the Law by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Look closely at Romans 8:1-4.
Righteousness is not only a gift of God through Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21), it is a practical experience in the life of those born of the Spirit. Righteousness is no longer the product of our self-effort, but of our surrender to the higher power of God resident within us.
The righteous requirements of the Law are now fulfilled IN us, not just BY us. Holiness in the practical experiences of our lives is now possible to those who do not walk in the flesh but who walk in the Spirit. Holy living is empowered by the HOLY Spirit within. He provides all we need.
Look at Paul’s familiar benediction in Ephesians 3:20-21 through new eyes: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, . . .” That power that resides within us is Jesus Himself. “Christ IN you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27b
For every one of us who has welcomed Jesus to share our lives, we are forgiven of our violations of God’s moral law. More than that. We are empowered by His presence within us to live up to the righteousness of God as we walk in the Spirit. Read Romans 8:4-17 carefully.
Believers enjoy the Old Testament! Meditate on it day and night. Delight in it. But do so while fully aware that we live this side of Calvary. Value the Law, Prophets, and O.T. Poetry as the Word of God. Look for a revelation of the character of God and revealing the consistent activities of God illustrated in His interactions with Old Testament saints and sinners. Learn from the Law.
We will see next, that this power for holy living and effective ministry is the direct result of continual conversation with the Lord through “listening prayer.”
Be encouraged to believe that you are no longer under condemnation, but in Christ you are provided the power to live in a manner that pleases God by the very power of His indwelling presence.