People who walk in the Spirit of Christ are people who are empowered by the Holy Spirit (Also known as:The Holy Ghost) to obey God’s laws. Therefore, they will not receive the condemnation of the law of sin and death. They love the Holy Spirit, they worship the Lord in the Spirit, they are guided by the Holy Spirit, and they live their lives in the perfect fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
How do we know that these people who walk in the Spirit are not condemned?
It is very simple, as we find in Romans chapter 8 verses 1-4, they are fulfilling the Spirit of the Law through the person of Jesus Christ. Reading from the King James version Bible, it says as follows,
(1)”There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
(2)”For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
(3)”For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”
(4)”That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
The life of a victorious Christian is the life of someone who does not live after the desires and dictates of the flesh but after the desires and dictates of the Holy Spirit of Christ. That is the reason that they are FREE from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) because they are being led by the Holy Spirit of Christ. They live a life in fellowship with Him and, since they are Spiritually minded, they have life and peace, as we see, also, in Romans chapter 8 verses 5-7.
There is a real difference found in the people who walk in the Spirit. They may make mistakes, for example, but are quick to repent and turn to God to be reconciled. Those who walk in the Spirit are not carnally minded (that is fleshly minded, or worldly minded). They seek to do the will of the Lord on a daily basis.
This sets them apart even from other more worldly minded, and carnally minded Christians (if, in fact there is such a thing as carnal Christians as taught today).
The Apostle Paul teaches by the Holy Spirit that to be carnally minded leads to death (Romans 8:6). And people, this is not where we want to be. The death of a relationship and reconciliation with God by His Spirit, which is spiritual death and eventually, of course, physical death. As Christians we must have a mind set to decrease and allow Christ to increase in wonderful fellowship with our whole being. Remember, according to Ephesians 2:10, we are His workmanship, in fact, it says,
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
How Do We As Christians Walk In the Spirit?
First of all, the Apostle Paul addresses this issue of walking or living in the Spirit in verse 9 from that same 8th chapter in Romans. He explains it this way,
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Then, again in the next verse (verse 10), he goes on to say,
“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
This is teaching us that our bodies are dead because of sin, but the Holy Spirit brings life because He brings righteousness. Yet, the question is how does He do this? We shall see in verse 11 (also of Romans chapter 8) how He does this to us and within us. As it says as follows,
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
He quickens our bodies by His Spirit. He, then, brings life to us because, to quicken means: to make come alive; to enlivened; to cause to burn more intensely (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quicken). When the Holy Spirit comes in us and upon us He puts a burning intense sense of POWER in our hearts and a life-giving ENERGY in our souls. The outflow of which is joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8),
That’s why the old folks use to like to quote from that old hymn entitled, ‘You Must Be Born Again’ as it said:
” I looked at my hands and they looked new, I looked at my feet and they did too”…
Paul summed it up this way, in 2 Corinthians 5:17, when he said,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
What Does This Mean For Us In Practical Terms?
- The first thing is we become born again by believing Jesus and repenting of our sins, or as the Apostle Peter proclaimed it in Acts 3:19,
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”
Before Peter spoke, however, there was already the proclamation made by the Prophet Joel in Joel 2:13 when he defined turning to God as,
“And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”
- Then, after we have believed to repentance, the next step, also, according to the Apostle Peter (in Acts 2:38) is that we are baptized to receive the Holy Spirit,
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
- Next, once we have repented and rend our hearts to God over our sins, and the Holy Spirit has come to indwell us, now on a daily basis, we must continue to draw close to God. In fact, James the brother of Jesus Christ put it this way, in James 4:8,
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”
Furthermore, it is a matter of continuing to repent of our sins and continue to receive reconciliation in our relationship with God, as we hear from the Apostle John when he noted in I John 1:8-9 that,
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Then, as we hear from Jesus in His message to the churches in Revelations 2:5, we cannot just neglect Him and rest on the way our relationship with Christ use to be. The Lord said to the church in Ephesus, concerning them leaving their first love (which is Himself),
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
We must continue to put Christ first, love Him first and renew our fellowship with Him, before anyone else or our relationship with Him will not remain strong but will become strained.
- Finally, in our walk with God, we must get into the Word of God and learn about God’s will for each of us. It is very vital that we study the Bible for ourselves with the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Remember, we cannot know His will for certain without the Bible. That is why the Apostle Paul had to tell the church to study in such way that God approves in 2 Timothy 2:15, he said,
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
This should , lead to us understanding the greatness of God and cause us to take special time out to worship God and to praise Him; Why? I’ll tell us why, for He is WORTHY TO BE PRAISED. From the Rising of the sun, unto the Going down of the same, as that old song by Donnie Harper, entitled: ‘Praise Him, Jesus Blessed Savior’ puts it this way in verse 1,
From the rising of the sun,
Until the going down of the same;
He’s worthy, Jesus is worthy,
He’s worthy to be praised.
If that is not enough for us, in verse 2 the Lord is described as the Rock, it says,
For God is our rock,
hope of salvation;
a strong deliverer,
in him I will always trust.
Then the songwriter sums it all up in verse 3 of that song when he says,
Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him!
Jesus, blessed Savior, he’s worthy to be praised.
This should be in our banner because HE deserves our praise, above any other, our Adoration toward Him Above any other, and His goodness and mercy to us should be Expressed on a daily basis.The Apostle Paul, also, wanted to make that clear to the church at Colossae when He wrote in Colossians 3:16,
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”