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Summary: There is no condemnation in those who live for Jesus Christ, but this freedom He provides is not a license to live lives riddled with sin.

Romans, Part 22

Romans 8:1-9

Introduction

- Paul taught very clearly about identifying and battling sin; it was his mission

- He understood that we must know our enemy, and be able to stand against him

- He also understood that you and I were once bound by sin; but are no more

- Before we can enter the battle, we have to be prepared (war isn’t pretty)

- Before we can attack the enemy, we have to be ready (the nonsense is coming)

- Before we can win, we have to be saved (sanctified by & identified with Jesus)

- Read Romans 8:1-9 / Pray

Point 1 – There is no condemnation in Christ (1-2)

- These two verses are critical for believers to understand; spend majority of time

- Therefore; it ties in the previous few verses and continues the thought process

- Grace is God’s gift given to us – but it is only given through Jesus Christ

- Paul’s word choice is “ouden katakrima” = "not one condemnation" to them

- There isn’t even a single sentence that has been written negatively about those

- Interesting though, is Paul uses the word “now”; means there was once before

- He is speaking (present) that if you’re in Christ, there is nothing against you

- But, there are is more than just being one who confesses Jesus; a life challenge

- We must be ones who are constantly living and refining ourselves for Jesus

- He must be the one we owe everything to; the one we live totally for

- At the cross, we were given access to God because of what Jesus finished

- He opened the doors to bring the Holy Spirit into our lives; but there’s more

- We now no longer walk by the desires of our flesh; but are Spirit led

- Critical verse: Eph 4:30, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

- When Paul writes to the church in Rome, it is for instruction on living

- In Ephesians, it is for instruction to be sure we live fully for the Spirit

-- When we don’t live fully devoted to Christ; we grieve the Spirit of God

- It is in this application that Paul writes, “… we are set free from the law of sin”

- If we are set free, then the things that bind us are no longer in control …

- Unless we choose to give them authority in our life

- This is the critical part for us to grasp:

-- There is no condemnation

-- There is no more regret and unevenness with God

-- Unless, we purposely live a life that invited these things into it

- Simply stated … if we live a life of sin; we need to get right with God – NOW

- TRANS: What kind of power does the Spirit have in life?

Point 2 – The law of the Spirit (3-4)

- The law was unable to bring us into a right relationship with God

- Even with the love God had for us, the only way to reconcile was Jesus

- We had to be given the ultimate sacrifice of a life so that we can be free

- This is where the Christian walk begins – and normally (sadly), ends

- We grasp this part, we get the salvation, and then life takes over


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