Law of the Spirit of Life!

Scripture reading for June 24th:  Romans 8

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”  (Romans 8:1-4)

Paul explained that he found deliverance from the sinful nature and the condemnation of a life of sin through Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was a man like us, but without sin.  He was made to be a sin offering for sinful man to pay the penalty for our sins–through His death!   Now, through the gift of the Spirit, (from God our Father), we have been declared righteous!  This is the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead that now gives eternal life to our mortal bodies!  (Romans 8:10-11)

Paul next explained that those who are set free from the law of sin and death now live by the Holy Spirit.  They must allow the Spirit to lead them in the way of Jesus the Son.  In fact, the Holy Spirit confirms that we are children of God, adopted into His family!  “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:15-16)

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