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Romans 7:1-6, Life in the Spirit

Key Verse

But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
— Romans, 7:6

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 24, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Foggy spirit creature.

Paul’s whole argument in Ephesians really gets kind of lost with me. All this talk of LAW and SPIRIT is so confusing. Again, it’s important to go back to the original context of the writing. Early Christian communities seem to have been struggling with defining what it meant to live a new life in Christ. Some thought the old law was irrelevant. Others became moralists.

It hasn’t changed much, has it?!

Living a life in the Spirit—God’s Spirit—isn’t something that has to be difficult. It isn’t a concept that only the “learned” can understand. All it means is that God has already given each of us a new life in Christ. That there is absolutely nothing we can do to lose or change that fact that we have a new life.

One obvious response is to throw away morality and the law. Another is to forget our new life.

I think the key with this scripture is understanding that the truth lies somewhere in between. God is good, always!

New life in the Spirit? What does it mean to you? Feel free to leave a comment!

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