Life in the Spirit | Life Giving Nourishment-

Apr 15, 2024 | Hope

“There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1

A few days ago (Friday, to be precise) we ended off with Romans 6.

Over the weekend I read Romans 7 and 8.

On Sunday morning after reading Romans 8, I mentioned to my husband, there is so much excellent material in Romans chapter 8, I can write a few blogs from that content.

It just so happened we took part in The Lord’s Supper at Church yesterday.

That tied it all together beautifully.

From Romans 7, we learn, along with Paul’s teaching, that the Christian life is a battle between living in the flesh (the old sinful pattern/person) and living by the Spirit of God, which brings life and peace.

In Romans 8:1 we hear the words, “There is, therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

For the Christian, victory over sin comes through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

We are in right standing with God because we are united with Christ!

There is no condemnation for the Christian because God sent his son our Saviour Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for our sin.

Though the Christian will always battle sin until our dying day, we learn to lean on the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us to overcome the sin that lives in us.

It seems to me every time we have the Lord’s Supper at church, something happens where we are reminded of our sin and Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. Or perhaps because we are supposed to be examining our lives for sin, we become more aware of our sin.

Things like words spoken too carelessly, or words of gossip overheard or spoken from our own lips. Or maybe it was the idol in our hands and in our hearts that took precedence over our love for God. Idols like cell phones, our jobs, wealth, self, sports, homes, family, friends, etc.

It makes us aware of our need for our Saviour, and that is a good thing.

We need not become discouraged or defeated in our battle against sin, because our God is a God of conviction, not condemnation. When we grieve over our sins, and go to the foot of the cross for forgiveness of sin, they get cancelled, forgotten, forgiven in Christ. Does that mean we take God’s grace for granted? Never!

Yet God does not want us to live in condemnation, either. We must want to overcome our sin by the grace and power of God in us through the Holy Spirit, who makes His home in us.

I had the privilege of getting to know a wonderful Christian woman. She was, however, living, and had been living under condemnation (from the devil) for over forty years. She hated herself, her sin, and thought she had to atone for her sin through self-condemnation. In working together towards a better understanding of Scriptures this beautiful individual became free from the bondage of the devils constant condemnation of her. I wish that for all the people I meet.

Yes, we need to grieve our sin, but we can not atone for our own sin. Only Christ can do that!

The LORD teaches us in His Word to “repent” of our sin and He will forgive us as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12).

This does not mean we don’t “turn” from sin. With Christ’s help we may not stay in our sin. He gives us power to overcome with His Holy Spirit helping us.

And that is life in the Spirit.

Won’t you join me in asking Jesus to be the captain of our hearts and lives and help us live by His Spirit?

Apart from Him, we can do nothing after all. (John 15:5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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