“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did my sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man. You however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have theSpirit of Christ, he does belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.” (Romans8:1, 3, 9-10)
“In Christ” is a favorite phrase of Paul’s to describe the multifaceted meaning of salvation. Those in Christ are set free from condemnation caused by sin. Life is life in the Spirit rather than life in the old sinful nature dominated by physical desires.
We must still face physical death because of our sin, but we can count on resurrection and eternal life because God has made us right or justified (Greek – dikaiosune). No one defeats death, the difference being that condemnation has been take away from us, not to bear any additional burden.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have allowed us freedom from sinful natures, because of Jesus victory over death on the Cross. We will still be judged on our sins, but the condemnation is no longer cause of burden on us. Jesus accomplished all You set forth for Him to accomplish as foretold by the prophet Isaiah. He died on the cross, only to be raised to reveal His defeat over death. One day, we will come before You for judgment, and Jesus will be standing with us, claiming us as His own. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Are you still doubting the Love of God?”
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of god, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, your were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians1:1, 5, 13)
Those in Christ are saints. They are God’s children through their adoption in Christ. All who hear and believe the gospel are included in Christ’s people. The Holy Spirit in us marks us as being in Christ.
“ We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” (1st John 4:13-16)
Those in Christ know they live in God and He lived in them because of the gift of the Holy Spirit. We as Christians are the ones who bear witness that God sent Jesus Christ as the world’s Savior and who confess that Jesus is the Son of God. We who are focused on Christ live in love because we live in God who is love. We know and rely on God’s love revealed in His Son. To be in Christ, then, is to be in God and to live a life-style characterized by divine love.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John4:10)
This comes from the well known encounter at the well, between Jesus and the Samaritan woman. They kind of banter back and forth without addressing the real issue. She is a Samaritan, but one who comes to the well in the heat of the day, which means she is not in favor, as the women would ordinarily come at the beginning of the day when it was cooler. It also means she has probably being punished for some reason, which Jesus already knew, though His disciples did not.
When Jesus asked her for a drink of water, she brought up the issue of His being a Jew and she a Samaritan woman. Jesus simply asked her if she knew the gift of God and who it is that asks yo for a drink, she would have asked him for it and He would have given her living water. He gives her the short course on the living water, her sins, and then tells her that God seeks true worshipers and that it came from the Jews, but will soon be for all. One would not have to go to the Samaritan mountain or Jerusalem, but they can worship where they are. I pray you understand the significance of this.