The Narrow Way of Life: The Holy Spirit Life Compared To Your Old Life Without Him

Your Past Without The Holy Spirit: slaves to sin, Your Present With The Holy Spirit: free from sin’s power

Romans 6:6-7 (NLT)

6  We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

7  For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

 

Past: Sin ruled because Law could not free us, Present: Living in freedom empowered by God’s grace

Romans 6:12-14 (NLT)

12  Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.

13  Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.

14  Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

 

Past: enslaved to endless sinning, Present: slaves to wholehearted obedience

Romans 6:17-18 (NLT)

17  Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.

18  Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

 

Past: Law with knowledge of God’s will but without the power to obey God, Present: United with Christ through conversion producing good deeds

Romans 7:4-6 (NLT)

4  So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.

 

Past: Controlled by the old nature, sinful desires, and sinful deeds,

5  When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death.

 

Present: Released and free from the law’s power of guilt, we have the supernatural power to serve God in a new way of living by the rushing flood of righteousness of the Holy Spirit inside us.

6  But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

 

Past: I want to obey but enslaved to sin by human (sinful) nature

Romans 7:25 (NLT)

25  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

 

Present: No condemnation because we belong to Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit frees us from the control of sin

Romans 8:1-3 (NLT)

1  So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

2  And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

3  The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

 

Present: No longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit

Romans 8:3b-4 (NLT)

… And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

4  He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

 

Past: Dominated by the sinful nature, mind focused on sinful things, hostile to God, never obey God’s laws, never please God

Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)

5  Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.

6  So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

7  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

8  That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

 

Past: spiritually dead by disobedience and many sins, living a life of constant sin like everyone else, controlled by the devil, driven by the forbidden longings of the sinful nature, refusing to obey God

Ephesians 2:1-3 (NLT)

1  Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.

2  You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.

3  All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

 

Present: Not controlled by the sinful nature, but controlled by the Spirit if He is really inside you

Romans 8:9 (NLT)

9  But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)

 

Present: Led by the Spirit you kill the deeds of your sinful nature, note: only real Christians have this power

Romans 8:12-14 (NLT)

12  Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.

13  For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.

14  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

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