The Road to Union

#38 Only the Spirit of Life

Posted: Thursday, February 13th, 2020
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The new creation exists in union with Jesus and the Father—a fact. Yet the road to union isn't based on attainment, but revelation and realization.


Romans 8:2 ESV
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

There is another reason that believers don’t enjoy the new creation. It is because they grasp this solution with the natural mind instead of by a work of the Spirit. This verse says “the Spirit of life has set you free.” Outside the Spirit’s work of implanting of this word – making it real – will be useless knowledge. It is solely the Holy Spirit who can make this word alive and cause it to burst into new life.

I want to quote Watchman Nee here. He speaks of two ways to receive the word of God. One “receives the word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit while the second tries to understand the same word in the wisdom of their mind. The word of God is powerful and has life. Yet when a person receives it solely with the mind, he will not experience the power and life of God’s word.”

We are utterly dependent on the Spirit of life to impart this revelation and to make it effective in actual living.

Nee again: “For a believer to know whether he has received the word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit, he need only ask if he finds the word powerful in his life…”

The truth is that we are ‘dead in Christ and alive to God.’ The power of the Spirit is operating to make this truth a living event. That power is not worked up or invented, nor can it be. It is a power that simply happens through faith that comes by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.

How I pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal this word of God in Romans, and thereby exalt Christ in every life that reads this!

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