But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law… Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Students of Jesus live by the Spirit of God, not the letter of the Law. Living by the Spirit is a higher calling than rule-keeping. The Law cannot change hearts, but Jesus can!
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
This is an amazing statement! It is possible for students of Jesus to enter into a process that changes their hearts, their emotions and their desires to be more like Jesus!
Here’s a way of life no Law can offer: Jesus changes the heart and so changes the behavior!
The Law says – Change your behavior! Avoid the wrong and do the right! And we fail!
Jesus says – Let me change you! Then you will desire to avoid the wrong and do the right! And we find joy in the person we are becoming!
The Law merely informs a person about what is right and wrong. The Holy Spirit transforms a student of Jesus! Taking them beyond the requirements of rules into a life of freedom to actually become more and more like their Teacher!
The Teacher lives in His students representatively through the Holy Spirit. The classroom is always in session, because life is the classroom and the Teacher is always present.
What is the curriculum in the classroom of life?
Sounds like Jesus…
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.