Summary: Since there is no condemnation in Christ, believers can feel proud to be called sons and daughters of God and be willing to witness for Jesus without fear.
Romans, Part 23
- No condemnation has been placed upon anyone who is in Christ
-- Brings strength for the tasks ahead
-- Allows us to be comforted because God is in control
-- The sins of the past are gone, provided we will confess them
- Christ was the only way God could reconcile us to Himself
- The Law (shedding of blood) had to be fulfilled for mankind to be forgiven
- Living in the flesh is not the way to please God
- We must be on guard constantly to ensure we are living fully for Him
- It is in this teaching that Paul reaches out to the Gentile
-- Even in our struggles from day to day God is faithful to provide
-- Regardless of how we are feeling, He is still faithful
-- So because of His faithfulness, we have opportunity to live fully for Him
Point 1 – If Christ is in you … (10-11)
- And – joins words above again as one thought; very imp in teaching as one lesson
- If Christ is in you (affirms v9) – demonstrates cause and effect
-- IF is followed by a THEN … which means that God must be first, THEN …
- There is no longer control over the body by sin; and this is Paul’s testimony
- V11 – Very important to note even who raised Christ from the Dead
-- KJV: “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you …” – It is God who does the work, it is to God that we owe the glory
- 1 Cor 6:14, “By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.” – This is a constant lesson and CLEAR example of God’s love for us
- Something very important to note here is that there truly is no condemnation
-- This clearly means that the same God who raised us, forgets our sins as well
A young nun once claimed to have had a vision of Jesus. Her bishop decided to test her truthfulness and ordered that the next time she had a vision she should ask Christ what the bishop’s primary sin had been before he became a bishop.
Some months later the nun returned and the bishop asked if she had asked Christ the question, to which she affirmed that she had. "And what did he say?" the bishop asked, apprehensively.
"Christ said..." and the nun paused a moment... "He said, ‘I don’t remember. ’"
We have a God who not only forgives but forgets!
(Analogy from Donald Deffnew, Seasonal Illustrations, Resource, 1992, p. 94)
- TRANS: We were forgiven because we could NEVER do it ourselves
Point 2 – … We have a debt we could never repay (12-15)
- We are not under the control of the flesh nor should we be captive to it
- Gal 6:8, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”