This illustrates the difference between flesh and spirit. What it means to go from religion to relationship. he touched on it in, Rom 6:14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Its common sense really, but sometimes we need nudge to see how these things connect. Not about marriage per-se.This seems to be more about civil law than mosaic law, but both apply.
this gets us back to the whole, shall we continue in our sin nature so that grace can abound? or can we just do individual sins since under grace not law? which Paul said Certainly Not!gals dont do your fingers and laugh maniaclly right now, because thats not the point of the message either.the point being made is that the law no longer is binding. Even in Roman law, the wife was free should the husband die. The rules no longer Rule, (kyrieuei, “rules as lord”; cf. 6:9; 14)
Goes from, your husband died, to you died. So, you're not one-flesh in the world anymore, you're one-flesh to Jesus (because you became "one" with Him). The deal is, one flesh. Marriage makes us become one. WE are the bride of Christ.
bu its not just about marriage - jesus said the same thing, but with a different illustration, turn to:
in the flesh, we were bound to the flesh and things of it. You cant benefit from Gatorade if you dont drink it. It has to become part of you, you have to take it in. This is when life begins, its the only way to bear live fruit!so even the good things we did as dead, bore bad fruit. remember, you cant earn salvation. verse 5 is about our pre-conversion state. not about the believer walking in the flesh. Get that in these illustrations. Though we do wrestle with flesh, we are different.this isn't to say it good works go without notice. remember those that god took notice of like the Cornelius in acts the spirit literally said the good things he did for the Jews and his piety came before Ac 10:4 "And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God."but still, it didn't save him. he needed to hear the gospel and have faith for that. Acts 10 Only an spiritually alive person, can bear spiritual fruit. To live a holy life, you need to walk in that. You need to understand you are already living in eternity and will never truly die:
Now, be careful here, because he is using again, human terms to describe a spiritual event so don't carry the logic out too crazily. stay with Paul, because he tells us the whole reason for this analogy.we serve in the newness of the spirit, not by the letter.so what do those look like? whats the difference?Letter of the Law: fear. Fear not always a bad thing, its the beginning of wisdom after all, but the fear I'm speaking of isn't reverential fear of God, but fear of judgement.the idea that say you asked god for forgiveness, did your sacrifice or in our time, penance or penitent act, and were good. then on the drive home, you commit a sin. big one. then wreck and die before asking forgiveness, offering sacrifice, etc.are you saved then? by the letter of the law, your salvation may be in doubt. IF your status in Christ is held or maintained by your actions, you may be in trouble.And you cant do halfway. Watching the Waco tv show, the wife says to Koresh, we live by Talmudic law. Which is a crazy false statement to begin with because they were both wearing different and varying kinds of cloth. And only obeying the parts of the law they likedthis is the same issue with those that still try to follow parts or all of the law. To serve by the letter is harsh, hard and demanding - Ja 2:10–13 "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. [he then shows us how we should be] 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment." walk like someone that has experienced mercy.Paul often refers to it as being in flesh vs. being in spirit. Ga 5:17 "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." A spiritual being, living in flesh, cannot be happy.Serve in the Spirit. This newness is of a quality - a work that hasnt been seen or done before. If your salvation is already secure, then your acts are simply a fruit of that toward God. because he has already saved you to these things.
Ep 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."you are born again, and serve like it, Jo 1:12–13 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
serving in the spirit is completely freeing, you must understand that its not going around, speaking in tongues, having visions, etc. Its the complete understanding of your position in Christ, the security of your salvation, and walking in an experience that isn't earning it. with that freedom, the disappointment, condemnation, and struggles that many experience, fade away. Because perfect judgment and justice has been met on the cross. And the victory in Jesus has been given to our account.Paul gives a very clear indication of what these both look like, we saw Ga. 5 earlier, lets turn there.
folks, walking in the Spirit doesn't mean free-spirit like we think. So many try to make Jesus out to be some kind of immoral hippie. He isn't. He was the most moral man that ever lived. He perfectly followed the law, and showed the love of God evident in it.but it does mean, you need to find out what it looks like for you to walk in the spirit. what does it look like for YOUR NAME HERE to love? Walk in Joy? Walk in Peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? In every facet and relationship in your life? Even the ones you don't like? Even when its hard?