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Particulars of Christianity:
304 Redemption

Deliverance from the Carnal Mind

Preliminary Study: Gentiles and the Law
Intro: How Jesus' Death Redeemed Us
The Removal of Condemnation (Part 1)
The Removal of Condemnation (Part 2)
The Introduction of Obedience and Regeneration
Deliverance 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 Thus, it also cleanses our consciences, because we know that the Law that condemned us is no longer in effect.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 enmity thereby:

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 our consciences.

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 men.
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.