God has done what the law could not do

“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus … For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], so that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us…” Rom 8:1-4

Romans 8 gives us irrefutable proof that justification does NOT come through the law. It clearly says there is something which the law cannot do – namely the abolishing and overcoming of sin. God, on the other hand, was able to accomplish this. He sent His son as an offering for sin, and in this way met every righteous and just requirement of the Law. In other words – there is nothing of the law that is left for us to complete. Every single requirement was met through Jesus’ sacrifice.

In other words, if we now believe in this sacrifice we are completely set free and justified. That is why there is now no more condemnation for us. No one can point a finger at us and tell us we are not righteous or acceptable before God. We can approach Him boldly and without fear. We have been forever freed from the law of sin and death (a strict list of rules which had to be followed in order to not experience wrath and condemnation) to walk in a law of the Spirit of life (which is Jesus and the life in abundance we now have in Him).

Protect your freedom

I have mentioned before that law can creep back into your life so inconspicuously that you don’t notice it until your joy is gone and you are filled with condemnation. Our freedom in Christ is something we must cherish and protect like a precious jewel.

“In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].” Gal 5:1

Jesus also warned us to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees (by this He was referring to their teaching and what they believed). The Pharisees were meticulous about following the law, and they were quick to judge anyone who did not live according to the same (outward) standards as they did. They believed in future rewards and punishments based on works.

“Jesus said to them, Be careful and on your guard against the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matt 16:6

Only a little bit of leaven is necessary to infect a whole batch of dough (1 Cor 5:6). In the same way, just a little bit of law, and a little bit of relying on yourself to please God can infect your relationship with Him. The condemnation takes away your boldness, which ultimately causes you separate yourself from God (like Adam did when he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil).

Christ came to set us free (completely and liberally). Let us stand fast in this freedom – running away from any threatening yoke of slavery!

Jesus became cursed for you

As born-again children of God we cannot walk around thinking we are still subject to some kind of curse. These curses include the ones given to mankind in the Garden of Eden (women’s suffering in childbirth, man toiling and suffering to make a living etc.) as well as curses you might believe you have inherited (generational curses). Every single curse, including the curse of the law and condemnation, was fully dealt with on the cross.

“His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day, for a hanged man is accursed by God.” Deut 21:23

“Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);” Gal 3:13

Jesus Himself became the curse for us. Deuteronomy says He actually became accursed by God. That means He was denounced, punished, condemned and chastised for our sins, in order for us to never bear the weight of a curse again.

“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.” John 8:36

We only have to believe this!

There is a choice

Over the course of the last few weeks quite a few amazing benefits of salvation have been mentioned.  Complete liberty, freedom from anxieties and fears, blessings, divine protection and healing to name just a few. God delights in people who love Him out of free will.  That’s why He does not force salvation on us.  We are given a choice.  Just like we are given the choice to believe in Jesus, we are given a choice to progress to the supernatural life of blessings and miracles.

“I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live…” Deut 30:19

This renewed mindset of blessing, healing and freedom does not always come naturally.  Because it goes against what we have come to know in the natural realm we need to CHOOSE life (the supernatural).  We need to choose the better portion, the gift that is wrapped up for us to freely enjoy.

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Rom 12:2

Let your mind be renewed in order to see the wealth of blessings that is set before you. Choose the better part – choose Jesus and the life that He has given us.

True freedom

If there is one aspect of being born again that we need to protect, it is our freedom.  Many Christians start off experiencing the exhilarating redemption of the cross, only to slowly walk into legalism – one foot at a time.  Before they know it they feel depressed, enslaved under a yoke which brings no joy.   This yoke is the law, and we have been set free from it.

“Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and it’s condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);” Gal 3:13

The law is clearly described as a curse in the above mentioned verse. If Christ purchased our freedom from this law, why would He want us to submit to it once again?  It makes no sense.

“In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].” Gal 5:1

Jesus lived perfectly in order to fulfill the law.  We cannot be redeemed by following a set of rules – we can only be redeemed through faith in the finished work on the cross.

“Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], so that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].” Rom 8:3-4

God’s gift to us (Part 3)

In the previous two posts we spoke about the incredible gift God gave mankind in the sacrifice of Jesus.  He saved us entirely – body, mind and soul.  We’ve already established that faith in the sacrifice of Jesus leads to salvation of our souls and reconciliation with God.  We’ve also established that Jesus took it upon himself to carry every sickness and disease in order for us to experience health.  The third aspect of this complete salvation is the salvation of our minds.

Let’s look at Isaiah 53:5 again:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”

The highlighted part of the verse refers to our minds, and the fact that we can now enjoy peace.  Peace of mind means calmness, composure and freedom from worries.  It is a quiet place of contentment and joy, free from all depression, sadness and anxiety.

John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.”

“May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Pet 1:2

A gift needs to be received in order to be enjoyed.  We just need to realize God’s heart towards us, and how blessed we are the moment we are born again.  We must get to know Jesus, who is God’s gift to us.  It is knowing the Truth that will set us free, really and unquestionably free (John 8:32, 36)!