Active Spirituality Letter 4 – “Walking in the Spirit”

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Study Questions by Dr. Tedd Tripp

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Today’s questions are taken from Letter 4 of Active Spirituality. This material is rich and multifaceted. This is why Tedd acknowledges that there may be varying answers to several of these important questions.

Why is the Apostle Paul’s emphasis on walking in the Spirit so important?
It is only by the Holy Spirit that we will be empowered to obey God.

Why is it not enough to say, “Walk in the law of God.”?
We will not be able to walk in the law of God without the enablement of the Holy Spirit.

What are the limitations of the Law of God?
Answers may vary: The effect of the law on sinful people is not to restrain sin, much less to cure it. The law portrays holiness for us; it cannot make us holy. The law shows us what sin looks like, but it cannot cleanse our hearts from sin.

Spurgeon said that a mirror is a great tool for seeing that your face is dirty, but it is not a very good tool for washing your face.

What is the meaning of this statement? We do not walk in the old way of the letter, but in the new way of the Spirit.
Answers may vary: It is only by the power of the H/S that we can obey. The old way give us the end (obedience) but not the means (power). The Holy Spirit gives us both the end and the means to that end.

We are not under law, but under grace is a frequently misunderstood statement from Romans 6. What are some of the wrong understandings?
Answers may vary: In light of grace and forgiveness, I don’t have to worry about obeying the law of God. Because God has given me grace I am not under obligation to obey the law.

What does it really mean?
Answers may vary: It means that there is power in grace to overcome sin’s domination. Grace gives power we would not have simply through the law.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.