Today, we examine the wonderful grace of God in Romans 8:1-4. According to the GNB verse 1-2 read:
There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
This passage gives us the solution to man’s sinfulness which is found in the sanctifying spirit that rescues man from the carnal. The triumph of grace is seen in our standing in Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).
In Christ we stand freed from sin and it’s condemnation because he has taken away our sin and its guilt by his death. In him we are freed from the law. The only law operational now is that of the holy spirit which brings life. The law of life does not condemn but equips believers to live above sin. This is possible only when we live in union with CHRIST.
Again, the triumph of grace is in our separation from sin. The purpose of sin is to enslave and lead us to death. Its lures is in the rebellion that seeks freedom to be our own boss away from God. But the spiritual man is yielded to Christ. He lives in union with Christ and so is separate from sin. In contrast to rebellious freedom which results in carnality, the spiritual man is wholly surrendered to the control of the spirit. There is then purity within and power without to live above sin.
Furthermore, the triumph of Grace is in our security for righteous living.
For God did this so that the righteous demands of the law might be fully satisfied in us who live according to the spirit and not according to human nature. (verse 4).
No matter how disciplined the flesh may be, it is not fit to rule us. God is the only one who has the prerogative. He does this through the holy spirit. Our duty is to walk where and how the spirit leads us. By so doing, our lives become true of the fact that Christ is the fulfilment of the law. Having fulfilled every demand of the law we are now to walk in newness of life where righteousness reigns. We are secured in this kind of life without fear for Christ has died and risen and lives in us by his spirit.
He breaks the power of sin.
He sets the prisoner free.
His blood makes the foulest clean
his blood availed for me.
Therefore, rejoice beloved for our salvation is not wrought with man’s hand. It is free and full by a power greater than the universe itself. Only stand firm in this faith in which you’re called and refuse to entangle yourself again with the unfruitful works of darkness. We have overcome by his blood and by the word of his testimony. To him be glory for ever and ever Amen.
Let’s sing with Grace Community Church this hymn by John Wesley ‘O for a thousand tongues to sing’