Summary: Life in the Spirit
What a great comfort, what a blessed assurance to read the phrase: “but God” in the Bible. It tells us of a bad situation but God in His unfailing love has time and again demonstrated His mercy by an act of deliverance. The servants of God in the Old Testament were in distress with a threat of possible harm but God delivered them. Jacob was about to be harmed by his father-in-law Laban but God protected him (Genesis 31:7). King Saul pursued David relentlessly but God protected him. In both events Jacob and David remained calm and did not take matters into their own hands because they trusted that God would protect and help them.
We too had our troubles and adversities in this life. Some of us have lost their homes, we have lost our loved ones, some of us lost their jobs, and many more unwanted burden and troubles but the greatest loss a man can ever suffer is when he loses his soul. “What profits a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?”
36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
What can one give in exchange for his soul? Can our own righteousness or good works cover our sins? The Bible does not say so. Rather, it is the love of God that He demonstrated by giving us His Son Jesus Christ to save our soul.
Romans 5:6-8 – God demonstrated His love by giving us Jesus Christ.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Titus 3:4-7 (We were saved by His mercy and grace and not by our own righteousness)
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
What a great salvation we have in Christ! Apostle Paul announced: “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! “
There are more blessings that follow our salvation. Let us discuss just a few of them found in the Book of Romans 8:1-17:
In this passage of the scripture Paul writes about the freedom from sin that one finds in Christ. I hope that after reading this article, you can truly appreciate the blessings we have in Christ more fully. I want you to focus your attention on these two important things:
1. In Christ we have freedom from the condemnation of sin.
2. In Christ we have freedom from the bondage of sin.
I. IN CHRIST WE HAVE FREEDOM FROM THE CONDEMNATION OF SIN
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c]And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
A. WE WERE ONCE SINNERS
1. Everyone is guilty of sin
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
2. A single sin separates us from God.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[a] also said, “You shall not murder.”[b] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
3. Unforgiven sin separates us from God
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated