SATURDAY March 24, 2018
Walk in the Spirit
How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Paul taught the believers in Corinth such important lessons. He explained to them the symbols and types learned through studying the lives of the children of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness, across the River Jordan, and into the Promised Land. When they knew the symbols and types in the Bible, there would be no excuses for their sin and failure. Then they could now comprehend what needed to be applied to their Christian lives.
The children of Israel had to cross the muddy Jordan River, which relates to Romans 5-7, reckoning the old man to be dead. In the Bible, baptism does not save you. It is symbolic of the old life that had dominated you being rendered inoperative, and coming up out of the water in newness of life (Romans 6:1-4). It speaks of your relationship with God.
The Promised Land is not heaven; it is walking by the Holy Spirit’s power, because in the Promised Land you have giants to face. In this life, we will have enemies, problems and tribulations, but it is only by walking in the Spirit, that we can conquer them. Our flesh is going to try to come back and rule over you until the day you die, but we enter into victory in our Christian walk in Romans 8, walking by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We should walk in obedience and have purity of mind and heart. Then, through Jesus Christ, we shall have victory––not defeat.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ~Romans 8:1~
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