The source code for An Enduring Faith — Romans ch 8 vs 1-4
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Chapter 8 of the Book of Romans is primarily about the workings of the Holy Spirit within the lives of a saved Christian. It deals with some of the differences between the true believer and unbeliever as they confront sin in their lives.
Verse one states that there is No condemnation for a true believer and follower of Christ Jesus. We no longer walk according to the ways of the world, but indwelled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus paid the entire price for us at the cross. There is a lot of power in that statement. Think about it. Before you were saved, sin, especially repetitive, unforgiven sin, caused all sorts of problems in your life. Guilt, shame, resentments and anger can all be caused by unforgiven sin. Big Pharma makes bank in selling fixes (called medicine) to treat the medical problems caused by unforgiven sin. Medical problems like many types of depression, some anxiety disorders, ulcers, many other stomach and digestive problems, headaches and certain types of phobias. Drug addiction and so many other destructive behaviors are included. As are many crimes like spousal abuse, molestation and sexual deviant behavior. The list of medical problems, that are rooted in unforgiven sin goes on and on.
As Paul discussed in chapter 7, how many times does an overly aggressive person promise themselves that they will never act that way again. Only to find themselves repeating the same sinful act over and over again. The same can be said of many of those caught up in addiction.
The answer, of course, is repentance and forgiveness. As a saved Christian person you have that remedy available to you every day. The Holy Spirit, our helper, is always on duty to point out our misdeeds and/or our misguided thinking and is always pointing the way back to the cross. We have a solution for these daily living problems.
The lost don’t and that represents a major reason why Big Pharma sells so much of these particular medicines. Other ramifications of unforgiven sin in an unsaved person’s life are the jail house, drug use, broken marriages, lost jobs, fights and even wars.
You are free. Because God’s ways are always the right way, you are free of Satans condemnation. Listen to and obey the leadings of the Holy Spirit for a life unburdened by the law of Moses. That does not give us permission to break the law. It gives us guidance to live, lawfully, to the best of our ability.
Always remember, as a saved Christian you can walk free every day. You do not have to carry any of the guilt or shame that the lost have to deal with on a daily basis. You are not a slave to the right or wrong judgements of Moses law. Because you are in Christ, you are no longer condemned. Satan is the one who condemns, not God. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. Conviction leads us to change and increases life. Condemnation and sin lead to death.
A true believer will never stand before God on the basis of his sin, and thus a believer in Christ shall never be condemned by God. Chastised and changed, yes. But never condemned! This promise of NO condemnation is limited to those who have come in repentance and a saving faith in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation.
Romans 8:2 But the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Living In Christ allows us to live free of always looking for justification for our actions. Living In Jesus leads to life, joy and An Enduring Faith. As I stated above living a life that is not condemned by God, allows us to live free and with a grateful and joyous heart. Sin leads to death. Spiritual death and eventually a quickened death. One of our goals in living with An Enduring Faith should be to live a life as free and joyous as possible. Part of that freedom and joy comes from a life free of the law of sin and death. Jesus paid the price for us already! That price will never have to be paid again. If your salvation is assured! Are you saved?
This verse doesn’t give us a free pass to act any way we feel like or say anything that comes into our mind. It instead reminds us that because of our relationship with the Lord, we are free from the old ways of thinking and doing. If we are saved, we have been changed. Changed to live a life of freedom
In Romans 8, we see that we never have to worry about condemnation from God concerning anything that we have done in our past. Our present condition then is guaranteed to contain life and victory through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
In John 3:18 Jesus said: He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
In John 5:24 Jesus said: Truly, truly, I say to you, He who hears My Word and believes on Him who sent Me has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but has passed from death to life.
Lastly, Paul tells us that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us who are “saved Christians” free from the law of sin and of death.
There is NO condemnation for “saved Christians”. That means that all “saved Christians” have an answer to the condemnation of the moral law.
A slow death of the spirit is earned, and it is earned by the act of sinning. Without the atonement of the blood of Jesus that “saved Christians” have, we would all be condemned by the law of sin and death. That is the power of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.
Why is it so difficult for mere humans to obey and live by the law? The law is the perfect word of God. He made us, but then we fell. Fell into our natural sinful ways.
It is only by the atoning blood sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that you can walk a walk of justification in Christ. Jesus condemned sin.
This condemnation or death of sin Christ effected through the death of His own flesh upon the cross of Calvary.
Jesus Christ He Himself never sinned. However, He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. He came to earth in the form of a man.
As a saved Christian we need to understand from the innermost part of our soul, that Jesus Christ has already paid the price for our sin. It is already atoned for. There is nothing more that is needs to be done, in order for us to be forgiven by God. We need to just accept that God loves and accepts us in Christ. He has already put to death or condemned any sin in our life.
Jesus Christ has already done it all.
Romans 8:4 so that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
In this verse we are told that Christians can fulfill the requirement of the Law by walking in the Spirit. If you were baptized by water after you were saved, you received the Holy Spirit. He was a free gift to you. Walking by the leadings of the Holy Spirit means to be walking a walk of righteousness. The Holy Spirit IS God. God is, therefore, leading you every step of the way. The problem, of course, is in our ability to listen and follow Him and keep our natural thinking out of the way.
As Christians, we must learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We must pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s whispers. They can be much quieter than the hustle and noise of our daily lives. We need to learn to not trust the advice and wisdom of the world. Instead, turn to our great counselor, the Holy Spirit.
Try to keep in mind that this is an either or deal. We are either walking in the Spirit OR we are walking in the flesh.
If we sense that we may be getting a little off track, we can always pull over- off the freeway of life and ask ourselves if we are walking in the Spirit of God OR are we wasting our precious time chasing our own fleshly desires?
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:24 But those belonging to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Gal 5:26 Let us not become glory-seeking, provoking one another, envying one another.
Surrender to the Lord on a daily basis. Seek His guidance to do His will. Be righteous and kind toward everyone. Love one another as He loves us!
Live your life with An Enduring Faith!
You are invited to enrich your soul with An Enduring Faith.
My friend, Are you confident where you are going to spend eternity when this all ends? There is an end for all of us some day. Some of us today.
There is only one way to know and be assured– Ask our Father in heaven in Jesus Christs’ name, in prayer today!
Are You Saved from the eternal fate of so many? Are you sure? Ask Him. Find out and be assured.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
When we ask the Lord, in Jesus Christ’s name, He assures us with His peace and understanding. If for any reason you question your salvation, go to a quiet place, alone, and talk to Jesus. Repent of your sins and commit your life to Him. Then go to a bible believing church and get baptized.
He is faithful! He always listens and always responds!
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Pastor Thomas Holm
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As I began to search to find my God, I began running into people who were having the same concerns, and were asking the same questions that I had been asking. I would develop some type of repertoire with them,only to have the relationship last for only a short time and then literally dissolve. This became quite frustrating and it actually took some time before I realized that I was enrolled in the schoolhouse of life.