Wednesday Morning: 27 Mar 2019 – Romans 7:24-8:11 ~ No condemnation: the Spirit gives you life

Wednesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 7:24-8:11 (NLT)

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin

Life in the Spirit

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.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
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Morning Reflection:

“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.” – Romans 8:1-2

What an encouragement: the Holy Spirit who lives in us has set us free from the power of sin and death. Do we still struggle? Yes. Are we under condemnation because of it? No. Why? Because we belong to Christ Jesus, and greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world.

What does it mean to belong to Christ Jesus?

+ It’s a union from which we draw new life and nourishment – like a branch grafted into a vine.

+ It’s a union from which we derive our meaning and purpose – like a member of a body.

+ It’s a union effected on God’s side by his Spirit, on our side by repentance and faith.

Why are we no longer under condemnation? Because when God looks at us, He sees Christ Jesus – our life is hidden in his redeeming love. Condemnation is impossible because we belong to Christ Jesus.

“Christ lives within you,
so even though your body will die because of sin,
the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.”

– Romans 8:10

Questions for consideration:

  • Do you believe that “you been made right with God?” What does that mean to you? Please explain. Please click here if you’re not sure.
  • What does it mean to you to have Christ living within you, and the Spirit giving you life? Please explain.
  • Can you think of an example of how “the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin?” Please explain.
  • Can you think of an example when you were tempted to “follow our sinful nature but instead follow[ed] the Spirit?” Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

I arise today through the mighty strength of Christ within me
and the freedom of his life-giving Spirit.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today through the mighty strength of Christ within me
and the freedom of his life-giving Spirit.

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“No Condemnation” – Anthony Evans

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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