These days we’re going through the book of Romans – the Crystallization Study of the Gospel of God in Romans, and more specifically, this week we’re really enjoying “The Divine Spirit mingled with our human spirit – the secret of God’s organic salvation and the key to the entire Christian life“. Wow, even the title of this week itself is so rich, packed, and full of meaning! Yesterday and today I was enjoying the fourfold work of the Spirit of life in us, as revealed in the book of Romans: The Spirit of life Liberates us, Delivers us, Renews us, and eventually Glorifies us!
1. The Spirit of Life Liberates us! Rom. 8:2 says, For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death. The Spirit of life sets us free! This liberation does not take place by us “reckoning ourselves dead with Christ” – as many seeking believers are emphasizing – but it is as we enjoy this Spirit and we walk in the Spirit of life that we are liberated! It is not a doctrine or knowledge that liberates us – it is the Spirit of life! What we need to do is not necessarily to “pray to be liberated from sin”, but to pray ourselves into the liberation by praying ourselves into the liberating Spirit! As we contact the Lord and touch Him, we’re being liberated from sin, sins, and every negative thing – in a spontaneous way!
2. The Spirit of Life Delivers us! To be delivered is not just to be liberated, but even more – to be saved from the fall. There is the element of the fall in our thinking, our mentality, even in our “good temper”, in our attitude, in our motives, in our intentions, in our loving, in our decisions, and in many other matters that seem to be “good” and not sinful. In all these matters, we need to contact the Spirit in our spirit so that we may be much more saved in His life(Rom. 5:10). We were reconciled to God, but now much more we need to be saved in His life – saved from ourselves, from our good self, from anything that is of the fallen human nature!
3. The Spirit of Life Sanctifies us! To be sanctified, according to the book of Romans, is not just to be saved from sin – it is to be saturated with the divine and holy nature of God! We were common and worldly, but now that the Lord is in us, our whole being is being gradually saturated and permeated with God! We are being made holy – we are being transformed by the renewing of our mind(Rom. 12:2), by having our mind saturated with the element of God! Not only sanctified positionally – taken out of the world and put into the kingdom of God; but sanctified and made holy dispositionally – in our very constitution we are being saturated with the element of God to be thoroughly made holy as God is holy!
4. The Spirit of Life Glorifies us!On the negative side we are being set free/liberated and we’re delivered, and on the positive side we’re being renewed and transformed! By being daily renewed and transformed we are being also glorified! This doesn’t mean that we become “glorious and unapproachable”, but just as the electric bulbs are “glorified” when the electricity fills them & they shine out, so are we saturated with God and glorified with Him until we shine out His glory! Eventually, He will saturate even our mortal body with Himself so that we will be transfigured in our body – we have the redemption / glorification of our body(Rom. 8:23)!
Hallelujah, this Spirit of life is operating in us to fulfill God’s plan! Lord, today, keep us turning to You in our Spirit and enjoying You in our mingled spirit all the time! May our living be according to and in this wonderful mingled spirit!