Serving In Newness Of The Spirit

Jan 19, 2014
Serving in Newness of the Spirit

It seems the Bible advocates attitude over regulations when it comes to serving God and overcoming sin.

For example it says, "Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." Col 2:20-3:2

In studying the commands to Christians among the New Testament epistles, very few speak of regulations. Most deal with attitude, desires, ideas. "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Gal 5:16 Romans chapter 12 is the most comprehensive, compact chapter dealing with commands to Christians in the Bible. verse after verse of imperatives. And yet is all about attitude. Very little concerning regulation.

"now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." Rom 7:6

To serve in oldness of the letter is a matter of conforming to regulations, rituals, ceremonies. To serving in newness of Spirit is to set our desires and thinking on things above, things eternal.