Because my sinful nature is not the real me, there is no condemnation for those in Christ. We’ve been set free from the law of sin and death. The law, our guide, was powerless to create actual life change, because of our sinful nature and desires. Because our nature and desires got in the way, God sent Jesus in the likeness of a sinful man to be the sin offering. Jesus then condemned sin in us in order that the requirements of the law would be completely fulfilled, not by the law, but according to the Spirit.
Those who live according to the sinful nature are focused on what that nature desires. Those focused on the Spirit are focused on what the Spirit desires. Those focused on sinful desires will find death, while those focused on the Spirit find life. Those of a sinful mind are hostile to God, enemies of Him. They cannot please God.
THIS IS NOT YOU! If God’s Spirit is in yo, you are outside the control of the sinful mind. If that Spirit is not in you, you are not His. If Christ is in you, you are dead to sin, but your spirit is alive. And, if Jesus lives in you, your mortal body also has life through His Spirit.
Because of this life, our obligation to the law is not merely outwardly expressed, but comes from the inward transformation by the Spirit. In living by the Spirit, the body of sin and death is killed. This Spirit, unlike the law, is not received with a spirit of fear, but in a spirit of sonship. By him, we cry out to God as “Father.” The Spirit joins with our spirit and confirms that we are His. Children of his are heirs, if we share in the sufferings of the killing of our sinful natures, made only available through his Spirit.
These things dealt with here, these sufferings, pale in comparison to the glory to be revealed to and in us. Even creation waits for this revelation of glory. Why? Creation also suffers because of its subjugation of sin, and one day it too will be freed from decay. All creation waits, groaning like the pangs of childbirth. We ourselves groan and lament for freedom, in eagerness we await adoption and redemption. This is our hope, our patience. While we’ve not seen it, we hope for it. The Spirit of God helps us in our weakness. In our weakness, we are unsure what to ask God for, so this same Spirit prays for us. And because this Spirit and our spirit are entwined, the Spirit knows the very depths of our hearts and minds. The Spirit also knows the mind of God. And, what happens is that the Spirit aligns, perfectly, our hearts and God’s will.
This means, practically, that all things work together for the good of those who love God. This is for those who’ve been called according to His purpose. For those He knew in advance, He predestined to be an image of his Son, that Jesus would be the firstborn of all brothers. Those He predestined for this, he called, Those He called he justified. Those He justified He called.
What then, is our response? What do we do with this glorification? With this justification?
If God is for us, who can be against us? The One who did not spare his Son…how can ha not give us all other things? Who can charge us? Who can bring something against us? God’s chosen us. He’s justified us! Who could condemn us? Jesus, the one who not only dies for us (but was brought back to life), is at God’s right hand, aligning His Spirit and ours in prayer.
Who could separate us from a love such as this?
We face death at all times for His sake; it is open season on us.
In those things, we conquer because of His love for us and through us.
Nothing, death, life, angels, demons, the present, the future, powers, height, depths…nothing in creation can separate us from God’s love. – Romans 8