I. THREE IMPORTANT TRUTHS
- On September 10, 2013 (3-5am), Mike Bickle had a prophetic dream calling Ihop Kansas City to focus on Romans 7:25. Aspects of the distorted grace message are rooted in doctrines of demons. It is not a neutral error without consequence. Mighty demons are involved in this distortion as it is being proclaimed across the nations. This doctrine of demons will be part of the end-time falling away. Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies [about the gospel] in hypocrisy… (1 Tim. 4:1–3)
- Three truths became immediately evident from this passage (Rom. 7:25). These three truths are essential in our journey to walk in victory in the midst of a raging battle with sin. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? v25 I thank God— through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Rom. 7:24–25)
- Truth #1: We find victory or deliverance through Jesus (v. 25a)—by knowing what Jesus did for us on on the cross and by receiving it as we interact with Him on a regular basis by the Spirit. Paul’s declaration that we have become a new creation in Christ, with all things becoming new, has vast implications. The “he” that is a new creation is our spirit man. All things pertaining to our spirit become new. The “real you” is your spirit man, which is alive in Christ. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away…all things have become new… that we [our spirit] might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:17-21)
- Old things passed away—We were under condemnation and powerless with regard to sin (at the heart level). All things have become new—We are accepted and enjoyed by God and have the indwelling Spirit, who enables us to resist sin, sickness, and Satan. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ… (Rom. 8:1)
- Legal position: This speaks of how God sees us and relates to us, and of all the blessings and benefits that He has made freely available to us because of what Christ did for us on the cross and what the Spirit did in our spirit. In our legal position we have the fullness of grace in our spirit and full access to God’s presence.
- Living condition: This speaks of how we see ourselves in Christ, how we relate to God, and how much grace we experience as our mind and emotions are renewed by interacting with the indwelling Spirit. The Spirit lives in our spirit, and He renews our mind and emotions as we engage with Him. We can have the fullness of grace in our legal position, and yet live in defeat in our living condition (mind and emotions).
- What Jesus freely and instantly worked for us on the cross is what He progressively works in us as we relate to the Spirit’s leadership—by abiding in Christ (Jn. 15:5).
- Truth #2: We “serve” or honor the moral law of God with our minds (v. 25b)—by seeking to obey God’s moral law or His kingdom lifestyle. This speaks of a sincere commitment to live in agreement with God’s heart. This speaks of one who sets his heart to live in obedience to Jesus. “If you love Me, keep My commandments. (Jn 14:15)
- Truth #3: We see the seriousness of indwelling sin (v. 25c)—sin will not diminish by itself simply because we live in a Christian context. Sin is a fierce power in the heart. The only way to overcome it is by receiving what He did for us and interacting with Him by the indwelling Spirit. For the good that I will [I desire] to do, I do not do; but the evil I will [desire] not to do, that I practice… I find then a law [principle], that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law [principle] in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin… O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (Rom. 7:19–24)
- Paul described one who seeks to obey without interacting with the Spirit (Rom. 7:14-24).
- Many do not take seriously how powerful the law of sin is, so they seek to live at the edge of obedience. They do not diligently seek to maintain a deep interaction with Jesus. Not connecting with God is a serious issue that involves more than losing a vibrant heart.
- The law (principle) of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law (principle) of sin (Rom. 8:2). The analogy of the law of aerodynamics—the engines in an airplane allow the plane to fly and overcome the law of gravity. As long as the engines are on, the plane can fly even as the law gravity seeks to pull it down. The law of gravity never ceases to operate as the plane flies.We “keep the engine on” by receiving freely and interacting with Jesus through the Spirit. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus… For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom. 8:1–2)
- There are two common errors related to Romans 3-8 and the gospel of grace seen in Romans 7. The first is living under condemnation that lacks confidence in receiving the gift of righteousness. The second is neglecting to abide in Christ and minimizing the value of good works (bearing fruit). -Good works (loving words and deeds) do not earn God’s love, but they are the way to express it in our life. You also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God… (Rom. 7:4)
- See Mike Bickle teach this here, on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxYKJDie2Tg