A Call for Action
A Sermon on Romans 8:12-13
Heirs with Christ
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (ESV)
What is sanctification? How are we moved toward greater holiness and away from sin? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that Paul has been referencing the process of sanctification throughout the book of Romans but specifically addresses the theology of it in this passage of Romans 8:12-13. While Romans 7 is a battlefield for a Christian’s flesh and spirit, Romans 8 shows the victory that we have in Christ. While there is a war that wages in our mortal bodies, God always provides a way for a Christian not to sin. A Christian is immediately released from the reign of sin by giving it over to Christ. The Doctor explains that it is a matter of our own actions; Christ does the rest for us. If we live by the flesh, we will die by the flesh. However, if we live by the Spirit, we are able to continually mortify our flesh and give it over to Christ. Paul is phrasing this using the present tense, meaning that this is a process that we must continually be active in. Christians can rejoice that we are no longer under the obligation of the flesh and that Christ has given the Holy Spirit as our helpmate.