Day 9: Romans 8
As Pastor Dan said a few days ago Romans is like a treasure chest and chapter 8 is full of real gems.
In Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us:-
- v1, there is no condemnation;
- v2, we are set free from the law of sin and death;
- v14, we are children of God and v16, co-heirs with Jesus;
- v26, we are helped in our weakness;
- v28, we know that in all things God works for the good;
- v31, God is for us, so who can stand against us;
- v37, we are more than conquerors
- v39, we are assured that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Do you ever feel condemned, guilty, or as The Message version puts it ‘live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud’? This is not how you need to live as a Christian. You are a child of God, unconditionally loved, accepted and forgiven. He wants you to enjoy freedom from guilt and condemnation and to experience a close relationship with Him.
How is this possible? Paul goes on to explain that God sent Jesus to die for us as a sin offering. Jesus took away all our sins; not just the ones in our past before we came to know Jesus, but also any sins we may commit in the future. John Ch1 v9 tells us that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. Jesus, when teaching us how to pray in the Lord’s prayer, includes “forgive us our trespasses”. He knows we make mistakes but because of His great love wants to forgive us. God does not condemn us so we should not condemn ourselves.
You are set free because the law of the Spirit overcomes the law of sin and death just as the law of gravity is overcome by the law of aerodynamics whenever a plane takes off. The law of sin and death still operates within our natural bodies but when we are in Christ the law of the Spirit who gives life overrules that law and we no longer need to be subject to it.
Paul says that by the Spirit we cry ‘Abba, Father’ (v.15). This word may well have been the first word that Paul ever spoke as a child. Just as our first word these days maybe “dad or daddy”. It expresses close intimacy.
As God’s child, you are no longer a slave of fear but an adopted child of God. You can enjoy the closest possible intimacy with your Father in heaven.
Abba Father, thank you for the amazing privilege of being your child. Thank you that your Spirit living within me testifies with my spirit that I am your child. Thank you that in all things you are working together for the good in my life, and absolutely nothing can separate me from your unconditional love. Amen
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