Romans 8:1-2. “With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”
You’ve been saved; YAY! What does it mean and to what end? Once we were sinners; the wages of which is death. Now we’ve been saved and no longer have to pay that price or live in fear of it. Christ paid in full on Calvary. This means we can stand before God’s throne with the clean slate Christ has given us.
However, the “no condemnation” involves more than acquittal on Judgment Day. In Romans 8:1 the apostle Paul speaks in the present tense, as evidenced by the word now. Also, notice the word therefore, which points the reader to the previous passage of Romans 7:21-25. In Romans 7 Paul describes his struggle against the sinful nature—a struggle that every believer experiences. Paul writes, “Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me” (Romans 7:21) and, “What a wretched man I am!” (Romans 7:24). Paul is expressing his hatred for the sinful nature which continues to war against his new nature in Christ—Paul hates the sin he commits, but he is also thankful because he has been set free from slavery to sin. He now has the ability to do what is good because Christ has delivered him (Romans 7:25).
Barnabas demonstrated that a Christian who is saved is the product of a good work that God creates in a believer (Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:9-11). God’s good work motivates the believer to place serving God above his or her own desires so that they serve God and others with joy. A Christian demonstrates to others the love of Christ through a changed life that makes the Christian lifestyle and message attractive.
Dr Michael L. Williams
Think About This
Why have you been saved?
What does that mean to you?
Dear Lord, Thank You for saving me. May I live to fulfill Your purpose for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen