“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies, we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4
Paul is now getting in to the good stuff. He has been writing about our sin and how bad we are now he tells us how we can live a wonderful life. If we are to live this wonderful life with Jesus, we must live in the spirit. This chapter talks about freedom; the freedom from judgement, the freedom from defeat, the freedom from discouragement and the freedom from fear. We will write about all of these subjects as we study this wonderful chapter on life in the spirit. The first one is the freedom from judgement. There is no condemnation if we belong to Jesus Christ. In this verse, condemnation means judgement. We are not judged for our sins because Jesus Christ took our sin on the cross. When God looks at us when Jesus lives in our life all He sees is Jesus not our sins. In Adam, we were condemned. In Christ there is no condemnation. This verse does not say no mistakes or no failure or even no sin. We all make mistakes because we are human, but if we sin, we have a way through Jesus Christ to go to God for forgiveness. The law condemns us but the believer has a new relationship to the law, therefore he cannot be condemned. The law has no claim on us because we now live in the spirit. It does not mean that we are allowed to live as we want to live or that the law is not binding on us. We just have the power to live in the relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The legalist tries to obey God in his own strength and fails to measure up to the righteousness that God demands. The Spirit led Christian, as he yields to the Lord, experiences the sanctifying work of the Spirit in his life.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13)