1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Those who have been Christians for many years can also forget the significance of the freedom they’ve had for many years in Christ.
The freedom we have in Christ is not just to get us to heaven; it has power and significance for the way we live every day. Christ has set us free from both the penalty of our sin and the controlling power of sin in our daily lives.
We are righteous and free.
To be righteous means to live in obedience to God and His law. Jesus’ death fulfilled the law’s requirement that we be righteous. We couldn’t do that, but Jesus did it for us.
Having fulfilled perfectly the overarching requirement, Jesus imparts His righteousness to believers. In this way the requirement of the law is accomplished in us. We now fulfill the law by having faith in Christ.
We accept His gracious gift and rely on Him rather than our own strength to try to please God.
The Holy Spirit is the guide for our spiritual lives. The Spirit dwells in us, meaning that He is an internal source of encouragement, discernment, and revelation. God, who is perfectly holy, wants to have us in fellowship with Him.
Because He is holy, however, He cannot abide with any degree of sin. Those who are in fellowship with Him must be perfectly holy. He expects us to live holy lives, and this can only happen through life in the Spirit.
- Where do you struggle with living in the freedom you’ve been given in Christ?
- What has helped you embrace and walk in the freedom given to you through Christ’s Spirit?
Ask God to convict you of areas you need to surrender to His control and lordship. Thank Him for the gift of salvation and freedom through Christ.