Think about the one sin you have trouble shaking! How does it make you feel when you fall into temptation? The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 5-8 the joy that can come through the challenge of sanctification. In Romans 5, we have the promise of eternal glorification in Christ. In Romans 6 we have the freedom from sin that only comes through the Spirit of God living in us and through us. Romans 7 reminds us that in our own striving and strength we can do nothing. Now, Romans 8:1-2 states, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8 provides the promise of “no condemnation” for those who are in Christ Jesus. We do not have to walk around defeated due to sin. We can overcome sin in this life by knowing Christ has already overcome sin for eternity. Are you in Christ? If you are a follower of Jesus, you can overcome any temptation and sin that easily entangles you, so you can become a slave to righteousness and life, instead of sin and death.
Live in Freedom,
You have probably heard it said, “Life is hard, but God is good.” There is truth to that statement. Life is hard. Since the fall of man in the Garden, life has been hard. The world is waiting for complete redemption with the second coming of Christ. His first advent released the world from the guilt of sin and gave us a reward of knowing God. In the meantime, the Apostle Paul describes how our life can be renewed and regenerated. “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away and behold new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
First, Paul describes the event of faith and trust in Christ, that is, being “in Christ”. This reminds us that when God looks at us as believers, He sees Jesus’ sacrificial atonement covering our guilt and shame.
Second, he describes that we are “new” or renewed in Christ. Our priorities change, our desires change, and our love is rearranged. We have new passions. Our “old“ desires are replaced, and we answer the calling to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
Finally, our new priorities bring new habits and choices, that in the end provide joy and freedom. This new creation does not insure a care-free life, but it does insure a hope even in hard-times.