|“There is therefore 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 death.”
INSIGHTS FROM SCRIPTURE:
Paul writes in this passage that everyone deserves condemnation, but those who believe in Jesus Christ will not experience it. We have the most incredible privilege of having Christ as our advocate, who removes our condemnation so that God is pleased with us.
We all have two kinds of mindsthe spiritual mind and the fleshly mind. Each one will take us to a different end. The mind of the Spirit leads us to lifeboth when we are alive on earth and when we pass from the earth to eternal life. The mind of the flesh leads to deathboth in the consequences we pay for our actions on earth and the punishment of eternity apart from God.
Here is the most amazing part: The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells within us! The same Spirit who gave life to Jesus gives life to our mortal bodies. No, it doesn’t save our bodies from a bodily death, but it does save us from spiritual death. Our souls will live on after our bodies die.
This Spirit of Christ does for us what the law could never do. We are free from the system of the law, and that’s not because the law itself is so bad, but because on our own, we can’t do it. When we give ourselves to be under the Spirit rather than the law, the Spirit helps us to do what we couldn’t do on our own. Grace, not works, had made us completely free!
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