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from the Carnal Mind
Study: Gentiles and the Law
How Jesus' Death Redeemed Us
Removal of Condemnation (Part 1)
Removal of Condemnation (Part 2)
Introduction of Obedience and Regeneration
from the Carnal Mind
How does Jesus' physical death redeem us?
3. Jesus death delivers us from the carnal mind.
Romans 8:1 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. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the
things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the
things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death;
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because
the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject
to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they
that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please
him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever
after the order of Melchisedec. 18 For there is verily
a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness
and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing
perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the
which we draw nigh unto God.
Simply put, Jesus gave us a new Law, the Law of the Spirit.
Adherence to this new command is to depart from the Carnal
mind. This new Law and new Covenant were put into effect by
his death when the old Law was removed.
Jesus death established the perfect model and standard of
righteousness, without which we would not know what righteousness
is. By contrast, it demonstrates how unrighteous our own conduct
is. At the same time it removes the Law that condemned us.
So, it convicts us of the carnal mind. And it removes our
sins from us. Thus, it also cleanses our consciences, because
we know that the Law that condemned us is no longer in effect.
Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth
to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the
blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from
dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this
cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by
means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that
were under the first testament, they which are called
might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and
the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together
with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against
us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his cross;
Ephesians 2: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes
were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having
abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain
one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile
both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the
Jesus death delivers us from the carnal mind that keeps us
at enmity with God by: First, demonstrating the perfect law
of God and thereby demonstrating that we are sinners for falling
short of that standard. Second, giving us a new Law that if
we follow it, we walk free from the carnal mind. And third,
by removing the old Law and all the ordinances written against
us, he has taken away that which condemned us and thus purified
Summary How does Jesus' physical death redeem us from
physical and spiritual death?
1. Jesus' death removes the condemnationa against us
by removing the list of grievances against us. How? The law
was the list of grievances. Jesus' death removed the Law.
How was Jesus' able to remove the Law?
a. He obeyed every part of it and so fulfilled it.
b. He accomplished the goal of the Law. The goal of
the Law was to condemn sin and to make perfect. It could not
adequately accomplish these because of human weakness. But
by his death, Jesus brought a hope that is able to make perfect.
And Jesus death condemned sin, because he resisted sin to
the point of death and so died sinless.
c. He ended the task of the Law. The Law was a schoolmaster
until faith in Christ should come. By authoring and finishing
our faith by learning obedience even unto death on the cross,
Jesus brought that faith and ended our need for a schoolmaster.
d. Jesus gave us a new covenant and a new law and thereby
replaced the old law.
2. In the same manner that Adam introduced sin and
death to the human race and this realm, Jesus introduced obedience
and regeneration through his sinless life and resurrection.
3. Jesus' death delivers us from the carnal mind, which
is at odds with God.
a. By establishing a new covenant and a new law, he
has given us a law we can obey, the Law of the Spirit. By
obeying this law, we escape the carnal mind.
b. Jesus obedient life establishes for us a model and
standard of righteousness that both convicts us that sin is
wrong and shows us how we ought to live toward God and toward
c. By removing the list of grievances against us, Jesus'
death purifies our consciences from guilt so we can come boldly
and confidently before God.