“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1-4 NASB
Thank God!!! Thank God!!! Thank God!!!
Jesus has removed the judgment that was upon us. As born again believers in Jesus Christ, the wrath of God toward our sin is gone. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."” John 3:36 NASB.
The law of God establishes the holiness of God. Because we are sinners by nature, we are incapable of keeping the laws requirements. Death is the penalty for sin. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NASB
Spiritual death came immediately to Adam and Eve. Physical death came eventually. Death by God's definition is separation from Him. “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2:1 NASB
Since the law was given to show us the holiness of God and to, correspondingly, reveal our sin, we are left hopeless in our ability to save ourselves. That is why Jesus came. He lived the sinless, perfect life and was thereby qualified to be the substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. Jesus is the only man who ever lived in full display of God's holiness. He was God in human flesh. He died in our place. He overcame the power, penalty, and practice of sin. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB
Through Him, and Him alone, can we be free. As we trust Him to be our Savior, we then become recipients of His Holy Spirit. Only in the power of the Holy Spirit can we walk in newness of life.
Rev. Curtis Norris