Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 8 (pt 1 of 12)

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No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are “in” Jesus Christ. For the new spiritual principle of life “in” Christ lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2)

We just read, “O what a wretched man I am! Who will release and deliver me from the shackles of this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is completely resolved. Anyone who enters into Christ’s being-here-for-us, no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. They receive a new power in their life. The Spirit of Life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

There is now no condemnation—no adjudging guilty of wrong—for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live and walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus—the law of our new being—has freed us from the law of sin and of death.

Yippee! It’s good to be free!

God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant.

No, He got directly involved

In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity

Why? Why did he do that?

in order to set it right once and for all. The Law, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that (8:3-4)

What’s that verse in Galatians, again? “If a Law had been given which could confer spiritual life, then righteousness with God would certainly have come by Law. (Galatians 3:21) But it couldn’t

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. Now, what the Law asked for—but we could not deliver, is accomplished as we simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. (Instead of redoubling our own efforts).

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. [ooh, Glory to God] Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!

Booyah!

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome

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