NO CONDEMNATION! Romans 8:1-4, April 23, 2020
No condemnation--no judgement or punishment! The past few weeks we have been developing the truth through Paul's writing that life without Jesus is a life of misery, death, and being a slave to sin. Chapter 7 shared with us the delivering power of the Holy Spirit from the frustration of what Paul called, "the life lived in the flesh." But now, beginning in Chapter 8, the Scripture is going to lead us into the truth that the true spiritual life is freedom from condemnation, sin no longer has rule over us, and we are to experience a life lived in the Spirit.. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, we have fellowship with God and are united as one with Christ.
The key going forward is to pay close attention to the work and role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are to follow the Spirit's lead in our lives, the One who journeys with us until such a time that we are fully united with Christ Jesus in eternity.
There is power in this journey--and it begins with NO CONDEMNATION because, once again, of the grace we have received from Jesus and the adoption we have received as sons and daughters of the Living God. As we go forward in this chapter it is important to open our spiritual eyes to the work that God desires to be doing in you and me every single day. The power of God enables us to face whatever is necessary and in those moments provide the joy and delight in serving the Lord.