Your victory is in Christ Jesus | Romans 8:1-17

Scripture: Romans 8:1-17

Commentary: Believers can have victory in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that indwells them. Sin is like gravity, pulling someone down. Just as a stone thrown in the air would fall to the ground is what describes something that has no life or power to overcome gravity. Whereas, a bird were thrown in to the air, it would fly away, because it has life, a real power to be able to overcome gravity of the earth. Christ’s believers now have life, and they have a force that is greater than the downward pulling of the old sinful nature.

Any effort to keep the law does not produce righteousness, because the old sinful nature cannot cure itself or be improved, unlike modern day treatments for health infirmities. Only by Christ’s Sacrificial Work on the cross can sin be redeemed. Believers living by the power of the Holy Spirit can develop their lives righteously by following Christ, and not the flesh. Failure to follow the desires of the flesh will lead a believer to follow the desires of God and fulfill righteousness in their own life.

The Spirit within believers is the Holy Spirit that professes Jesus Christ, and He dwells within them to give them a spiritual life, including victory over sin, and freedom from the effects that sin produces.

Since the flesh does not govern His Believers, Christians are not to obey the flesh. Destroying the work of sin in your own life can be done by Christ’s help, in which when you are tempted, you should pray first and seek the Lord’s Will on how to proceed. Once you have dismantled the impact of sin in your life, you will share one day in the Father’s inheritance with Christ, even if that means you must suffer in the present life until you reach the point of inheritance.

Peter gives second grand sermon: You Jews killed Jesus | Acts 3:12-26

“And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”

Commentary: Peter asked of the people, if they really believed that he or John had healed the crippled man at the gate. Peter said God healed him. In this same speech, Peter began blame the Jews that they killed God (Jesus) when He was man on the earth, and decided to keep a murderer (Barabbas) instead of a healing savior.

Jesus fulfilled all of prophecy about Him (Psalm 22:1); therefore, Peter encourages the people to repent, so the Lord would save them from their iniquity. What Peter is telling them is that they need to change their mind to accept that Jesus is the Messiah, and then receive Salvation by faith in Christ Jesus. Salvation is not of works; therefore, by following Moses’ prophecy, they must know that one shall be saved by faith only in Jesus Christ. Those who reject Jesus Christ will find themselves in Hell (the text renders “destroyed”). Overall, the Jews must realize their heritage, repent from their wicked ways, and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 9:4).

Historical notes: The Jews have called Samuel the “master of the prophets.” Acts 3:24 mentions Samuel, who had referenced the coming of a great Savior in his books (2 Samuel 7:13). Also, the mention of Abraham in verse 25 (see Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:16).

Other notes: In Acts 3:19, the mention of “times of refreshing” or “seasons of refreshing.” This is referring to the time of comfort and refreshment for God’s People, when the world is mostly at peace, and many judgments have ended. In history, the following have recurred several times: A. Man is fallen in great sin; B. God sends judgment upon the sinful; C. Many people come to Salvation in Him; and D. The judgment ends when God is satisfied.