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 of death.” vss. 1-2Romans 8:1-6
Even though it drove Paul crazy to keep on doing the things that he didn’t want to do, and he couldn’t stop doing them no matter how hard he tried, he did not despair. He knew that God would not condemn him for the continuing sins that popped up on a daily basis. And why not? Because he was in Christ Jesus. He had been enveloped by the Spirit of the Resurrected Jesus, and in Christ he had been set free from condemnation. How did Paul know this about himself? To put it simply, it was a matter of faith–he trusted that he was in Christ. Of course, as we know, that was no small thing. Sometimes we have a hard time trusting in the love of others, even when they say that they love us. It’s just hard to have that kind of faith. But when we have it, the feeling of security is overwhelming. How wonderful it is when we can learn to trust God’s love in the same way! As people of both spirit and flesh, we can’t live without sinning. That’s just the way it is! But when we trust that we are in Christ, grace rules and our spirits are set free to daily rejoice.
Thought for the Day: How do I know that I am in Christ Jesus?