Romans 8:1-5 (Click the red text to read the verses)
This morning’s reading took me into the Book of Romans. It’s a place where I spend a lot of time soaking up the Word of God and reminding myself of what it is that God has done for me through His Son.
While this is a passage that we sometimes go whizzing by, I think it appropriate that we pause this morning to read it through three or four times to get the real flavor of what Paul is saying.
It is a worthwhile endeavor for us to look at this passage in three ways: philosophically, theologically, and practically. For in so doing, our understanding is heightened significantly.
First, Paul said, “. . . the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law [other law] of sin and death. This is significant strictly from a philosophical point of view. Going back to the Garden before the Fall, Adam had complete freedom to choose whether to do good (obey) or to do bad (disobey). Of course, we know how that worked out for him. After that, man lost this ability to choose to do right. I believe the proper idea here is the loss of his liberty—not to be confused with the word choice. Accordingly (Paul teaches elsewhere), man in his unregenerate nature can only exercise his choices between bad options—to follow the law of sin and death.
Secondly, speaking theologically, Christ’s death on the cross made it possible for men to have that liberty restored to them by the power of the Holy Spirit. If original sin is Adam’s act of disobedience, and through that act all of mankind sinned, then by definition, we all are (in our unregenerate state) spiritually dead—condemned. In my mind, the way that the problem gets reversed is by the Holy Spirit bringing our spirits back to life as it were, empowering us to be able to choose to do right.
Lastly, from a practical perspective, we see that the Spirit of life has made [us] free from the law of sin and death. Thus, we can and should choose daily whom we will serve and how we will live out the walk we profess. Walking in the Spirit keeps us moving toward pleasing God and demonstrating our thankfulness for what He did for each of us. Because verse six says,
I bid you peace.
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.
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