Monday, October 22
THE LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,
2 because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, 4 in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. 6 Now the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. 10 Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.
THE HOLY SPIRIT’S MINISTRIES
12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, 13 because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “'Abba', Father! ” 16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and coheirs with Christ — if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
The opening statement of this passage of scripture is declarative and powerful. Let’s not forget that Paul is declaring this freedom immediately after declaring his weakness and desperation that we read about in Romans 7. For all the confusion and conflict that exists in our life due to our weakness and the brokenness of the world, there is also confidence and peace and comes IN CHRIST. This simple but victorious statement comes to those who are in Christ Jesus. Since God the Father does not condemn Jesus, God will not condemn those that are in Jesus. So if you are in Christ and Christ in you, you are not condemned, you will not be condemned, you cannot be condemned.
Brett Moore once made the statement, “Romans 8:1 isn’t telling us that God just stopped condemning those who are found in Christ. It’s telling us that there’s actually no condemnation left.” Today, believe that there is truly no condemnation waiting for you.
Father, give me the peace and confidence that only your salvation can bring. Help me navigate my brokenness and the brokenness in the world through the confidence of knowing there is no condemnation left for me to endure.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.