Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s teaching on the book of Romans (Romans 7:25 – 8:4): “Life Through the Spirit” which was presented in in Ridgecrest, NC. March 1988.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
In our last three sessions we’ve been working our way through Stage 10 of our pilgrimage which is the last stage, the stage before we reach our destination. That concerns the relationship of the believer to the law.
And this will be our final session in stage 10. I pointed out in the previous session that confrontation with the law provokes an internal conflict within the one who wants to do the will of God. I pictured it like the situation of Rebekah when she was pregnant with twins, Esau and Jacob. Esau, the type of a carnal man; Jacob, the type of the spiritual man.
And I said that Paul himself obviously went through the same kind of spiritual conflict. And at the end of Romans 7, he cried out in agony, “Oh, wretched man that I am. Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
And then he came out with a triumphant response, “I thank my God there is a way out through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
And I said that the way out is through the cross. It’s through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus because on the cross in Jesus our old man, this body of sin, was put to death. And through that execution on the cross we can be delivered from the dominion of the old carnal nature. We can be released to serve God in the Spirit.
Romans 6, I think we might just look at it for a moment. Verse 6:
Romans 6:6: “knowing this, that our old self [or our old man] was crucified with Him.” That’s a historical fact as I pointed out. Whether you know it or don’t know it, it’s true. But knowing it and believing it will change you. It was done in order that: “...our body of sin might be done away with…” I prefer to say rendered ineffective or put out of action. “…that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”
The implication is that as long as the old man is still allowed to have his way, we will be slaves to sin.
In Romans 6:6, this is presented as something that was done for us. Our old man was crucified with Him, our fleshly nature.
But there’s another side to that truth that I want to deal with now. There is something we have to do. It doesn’t all happen because Jesus did it, there is a certain response of faith that we have to make.
And so I’d like to turn to Galatians 5:24 which speaks, I believe, of the response that we have to make.
Galatians 5:24: “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Notice this is the distinguishing mark of those who truly belong to Jesus. It’s not a doctrine, it’s not a denomination; it’s something that’s taken place in them by an act of their own will and faith, they have crucified the flesh.