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INTRODUCTION:

1. Turn with me in your Bibles to Rom. 8:18-30.

2. Last week we took a look at Rom. 8:12-17 part 2.

3. We saw, We are at war with us! V12-17

A. We must define what is being discussed here about the flesh and the Spirit.

1. Let’s define flesh. (The word used for flesh in the GK means skin, meat
Or the skin wrapped over our bones if you will, but what is really being
Discussed here is our old sin nature)

a. We can see this in Rom. 7:13-25. (Paul is talking about the Law that is
being used to show us the sin within us and it is supposed to show us
how horrible sin is that is at work within us, he has talked about this for
sometime in this book, that the Law was to show us our sin Rom. 7:13)

b. Now in this passage. (Rom. 7:14, Paul says that the Law is Spiritual and
we are able to see some of this in Gal. 4:21-31, in this passage Paul
speaks of two covenants one of flesh and the other of Spirit, which is the
of the promise of Yahweh look at verse 23)

c. Now in Gal. 4:24 Paul is speaking of Mt. Sinai. (So what is he really
saying here? Is he saying that the Law is bad? No he is talking about
what took place there, let’s go to Ex. 20:18-19, now what just happened
is that Yahweh had just spoke the 10 commandments, Are the Ten
commandment bad? No they’re good so what was bad is removed
themselves, the Hebrew word means that they removed themselves and
they stood at a distance, they didn’t receive the word as what was
intended for them to do)

d. Look at Ex. 24:9-12. (They were given two stone tablets with the Ten
Commandments on them so Moses could teach them, I believe that the
Stone is significant look at Ez. 36:25-27, as defined here because we are
In the condition we are in He has to remove the stony hearts within us,
The hearts that are rebellious to Him and replace our hearts with flesh
So that through His Spirit He can write His laws in our hearts and we
Will be able to follow His laws)
e. Back to Gal. 4:26. (Hagar represents Mt. Sinai our the people that
removed themselves and received the stone tablets and represent the
present Jerusalem under slavery, but the Jerusalem above is free or
born in slavery to the flesh but represents children of the promise
which is Spirit, look at Gen. 17:15-19 Yahweh is clear that the covenant
would come through the one He had promised, the one that could not
be part of what man could do)

f. Now back to Rom. 7:13-25. (So inside of us we have a battle raging one
that is of the old sin nature that at one time I was obligated to, I had no
other choice but to follow this is called the sin nature, now this word to
be obligated means to a moral transgressor against Yahweh and to be
owned by someone else)

g. Paul goes on to. (Explain the battle that rages within him as he
sometimes does the things he does not do want to do, and goes on to
explain that in his sinful nature nothing good live there, but the desire
to do good is within him as well, now look at Rom. 7:21-25, and this
goes along with 1 Cor. 2:15-16 which says that we have the mind of
Messiah which also goes back to 2 Cor. 10:3-6, now to be Spiritual is
To be regenerated and it is about our minds and taking captive the
Every thought that is against the knowledge of Yahweh)

h. The unregenerate person. (Does not have the ability to take his or her
thoughts captive to the obedience of Messiah because they do not have
the mind of Messiah (The Spirit) but the regenerate man can. It isn’t
as much about each of our individual sins as much as it is about the
thoughts that we have taken captive to the obedience of Messiah)

i. Now by taking these thoughts captive. (We put to death the sinful nature
that is within us which Rom. 8:13 says that if you live by the Spirit you
will put to death the sin nature or the flesh, and it goes on to say in
Rom. 8:14 that if we live by the Spirit we are Yahweh’s sons)

j. Now look at Rom. 8:14. (It says that we did not we a spirit of slavery so
that we would fall back into fear, there is something about this spirit
of slavery that brings with it fear, and there is something about
being set free from slavery through Yahshua that brings freedom of
fear)

1. Ps. 118:6
2. Heb. 13:6
3. Deut. 5:5
4. Prov. 3:21, 23-24
5. Is. 12:2
6. Matt. 10:29-31
7. Is. 8:11-12
8. Matt. 14:27
9. John 14:27

k. What we did receive. (Is the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out
Abba Father, the word abba actually means father and so the word
Is added to explain the word abba, and the Spirit which as pointed
Out earlier is the Spirit of Messiah testifies with our spirit that we
Our children of Yahweh and co-heirs with Messiah look at 1 Tim. 2:5)

l. We are all in this battle. (But the battle we are in is not one that we are
helpless with but it is one where we have to learn how it is fought, it is
one that deals with our minds, my old thoughts which set themselves
above the knowledge of Yahweh, our us taking those thoughts captive
to the obedience of Messiah)

I. We need to look toward the glory that will be revealed to us. V18-30

A. Paul has talked about similar idea’s in his writing and we will look at them.

1. I want to talk about the word “Reckon or consider”:

a. This word Reckon or consider. (Has to do with taking inventory which
leads to a conclusion of some kind, but interestingly enough it is also
tied to the word Logos which is a divine expression, word from
Yahweh)

b. So what was he counting or taking inventory of? (He was taking inventory
the sufferings in this life, compared to the glory that will be revealed to
us)

1). Look at 2 Cor. 4:1-18. (When we look at verses 1-6 we find that Paul is
Talking about the Gospel and being true to the Gospel because they
Shown mercy by Yahweh through Yahshua Messiah, and have
Become slaves not pronouncing them but instead Yahshua as Master)

2). Now look at 2 Cor. 4:6. (Yahweh said let light shine out of darkness
And has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of
Yahweh’s glory in the face of Yahshua Messiah)

3). Now look at 2 Cor. 4:7. (Now we have this treasure in clay jars so that
This extreme power may be from Yahweh and not from us, what
Treasure is he talking about? The glory of Yahweh in the face of
Yahshua Messiah, and we are the clay jars)

4). Look at 2 Cor. 4:8. (We are pressured in every way but not crushed;
Perplexed but not in despair; we have been persecuted but not
Abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed, we will always
Carry the death of Yahshua in our bodies, so that the life of Yahshua
May be revealed in our body)

5). Look at 2 Cor. 4:11. (We who live are always given over to death, so
That Yahshua’s life may be reveal in our mortal flesh, and verse 14
We know that the One who raised the Master Yahshua will raise us
Also with Yahshua and present us with you)

6). Now look at 2 Cor. 4:16-18. (Therefore, we do not give up even though
Our outer person is being destroyed, out inner person is being
Person is being renewed day by day, this momentary light affliction
Is producing in us an incomparable eternal weight of glory, So we
Do not Focus what is seen but on what is unseen, what is seen is
Temporary and what is seen is eternal)

7). Look back at Gen. 1:26. (Yahweh created man in His image, this word
Image, especially when speaking of in the image of Yahweh carries
With it the idea of it being in a moral and spiritual sense, for instance
In John 4:24, Yahweh is spirit and those that worship Him must
Worship Him in spirit and truth)

8). Look Gen. 2:7. (Yahweh formed man out of the clay of the ground,
Now we just saw that in John 4:24 that Yahweh is spirit, He does not
Have a body made of clay we do, so what are we talking about? In
This same verse Gen. 2:7 we see that Yahweh breathed the breath of
Life into the nostril of man, that word breath means vital breath but
Can also mean Divine inspiration that was in the image of Yahweh,
And it is that part of man that kept the body alive, because when that
Part of man was separated from Yahweh the body began to die this
Is what Paul is speaking to in 2 Cor. 4 about the clay jars)

9). So the Father gave His Son Yahshua. (So that we can be cleansed from
From our sins and brings forgiveness, John 3:16, but also brings us
Into the presence of Yahweh through Yahshua Messiah and we once
Again are able to have a personal relationship with Him through the
Indwelling of His Spirit, and restoring us back to the image of Him)

10). Back to Rom. 8:18-30. (If you will look at Rom. 8:19-25 this is exactly
What Paul is talking about, the restoration of all things as it was in
The garden, not only us but creation its self)

12). But let’s look deeper. (Rom. 8:26-27, this is where we see this spiritual
Relationship with the Creator being restored, it is the Spirit of
Yahweh or we could say the Spirit of Messiah that searches our
Hearts and intercedes for us based on our needs, needs that we have
We don’t know about, with groans that cannot be uttered)

13). Now the word “heart”. (In the GK can mean heart, but it can also
Mean mind, so He searches our minds, sees what our weaknesses
Are and begins to intercede for us based the will of Yahweh, now
This is not based on what we think is our needs, remember we
Do not even know what they, but is based on the will of Yahweh
What He intends for us be and do)

14). So what is His will? (It is for us to be transformed into the image of
Yahshua Messiah, so that we could be the first fruits of many
Brothers, now the question comes up, what if we are fighting against
The Spirit by trying to be conformed to an image of something else?
So we have to ask ourselves what is the image of Yahshua? Because
If we really want to comply and work with Him we need to know a
Little more about that)

15). Let’s go back to 2 Cor. 4:4. (Because of the mercy they were shown
They do not give up, and the message they preach is the Gospel, and
It is only blinded by those that are perishing, and that the image of
Messiah is that of the Father)

16). Let’s go to Eph. 1:3-5. (The Father has blessed us with every spiritual
Blessing in the heavens, He chose us from the foundation of the
World to be blameless in His sight, In love He predestined us to be
Adopted through Yahshua Messiah for Himself according to his favor
And will, the reason I wanted to look at this is because this is what He
Wants us to become notice the predestined stuff was about Yahshua
And what He wants us to become through Him)

17). Look at 2 Cor. 3:18. (We are with unveiled faces are looking into a
Mirror at the glory of the Master and are being transformed into
The same image (the one we are looking in the mirror at) from glory
To glory, this is the Master who is the Spirit)

18). Look at Phil. 3:12-21. (Notice that this is a progressive thing that
Takes place, and our response to this is that we as Paul press
Forward to the goal Paul forgets what is behind and reaching
Forward to what is ahead, to pursue as his goal the prize promised
By the Father’s heavenly call in Yahshua Messiah)

19). Look at Phil. 3:18-21. (Many live as enemies of the execution stake
They are focused on earthly things their gods are earthly things, but
Our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly for our
Savior the Master Yahshua Messiah He will transform our body of
Our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body by the
Power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself)

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