Free At Last, Free At Last, Thank God Almighty, Free At Last

 Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

 Romans 8:1-2 (NLT)
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

You got to love a person who tells it like it is. They may give you a gloomy picture when the situation is not good, but they also give you the bright side of things when they are favorable. Paul is one of those people. At the end of chapter 7 Paul had to share with us the bad news that apart from Christ we are slaves to sin and bound to serve the one who is our master. However, here in chapter 8 he shares with us the glorious news that once we come to Christ we are set free from bondage to sin by the life giving power of the Holy Spirit. First he tells us, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” The word condemnation comes from the Greek word krima and means, “to judge a person to be guilty and liable to punishment (Louw and Nidda, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Symantic Domains). In other words, we are declared “not guilty.” Even though we have sinned against God and His Word, and therefore, should stand guilty before a righteous and holy God, but because of what Christ has done for us we are released from our punishment. Once belong to Christ and repent of and ask forgiveness for our sins they are no longer counted against us.  Many years before Paul, the Prophet Micah wrote, “Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” (Micah 7:18-19, NLT). However, Paul doesn’t stop there! He shows us that God has not only forgiven us of our sins, but through the power of His Holy Spirit gives us the ability to overcome our sins. In verse 2 he says, “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” The power of the “life-giving” Spirit sets us free from the life-taking bondage to sin. So we are free from not only sins damaging effects, but we are also free from its controlling power over our lives. Paul says to the Christians in Corinth, “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17, NLT). Now is that Good News, or what? Aren’t you glad that Paul is a straight shooter? Moreover, aren’t you glad that the Spirit has set you free!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

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