1. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2. because, through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3. For what the law was powerless to do in that the sinful nature weakened it, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. 4. He condemned sin in sinful man so that the law’s righteous requirements might be fully met in us who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
Have you ever traveled from one place to another, and, on the way, you got lost? You wished you had had a compass to show you the way? Romans 8 is like a compass that shows you the way to a victorious life!
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He suffered and died on the Cross as an offering for our sins (Read Isaiah 53:10). There is no condemnation because of justification (God’s judicial decree whereby He declares a person righteous based upon the righteousness of Jesus activated by faith). The Spirit has replaced the law that produced only sin and death so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit (Read Romans 7:6). He has pronounced us righteous and delivered us from this body of sin.
That doesn’t mean that we have become perfect. The Apostle Paul admitted I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do (Romans 7:15). Even Paul, the devout Christian leader, sometimes struggled with doing things he didn’t approve of.
I hate to admit it but many times I have fallen short of the standard of living that God has given me. That is even true with all well-meaning Christians. The crossbar is set so high we cannot get over it with human effort alone. Paul also talks about future salvation. We will only experience salvation at its fullest after Christ returns to earth.
In the meantime, God has set a new and simple law that produces life: the law of faith (Romans 3:27) or the message of the gospel which is the law of the Spirit of life.
For what the law was powerless to do in that the sinful nature weakened it, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). God placed sin under the death sentence, but it has not been fully destroyed.
IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION BECAUSE OF JUSTIFICATION! YOUR SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN, BUT TO BE MADE FREE, YOU MUST ACCEPT GOD’S FORGIVENESS!
-All Scripture passages are based on the New International Version-
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