Romans 8 I Am A Child Of God

Romans 8    I Am A Child Of God

 

   “THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS…”

   Have you embraced the full impact of these words into your life? Consider what they mean in the life of the person who has been beaten down by an overbearing father, an abusive spouse, a teacher that has given up on a tough student, the pastor or priest that uses guilt as a means of purification in the lives of those who fall short of Gods righteousness and, not least of all, the self condemnation we heap on ourselves when we simply don’t measure up.

   That is what law and works that depend fully on the flesh does to us. We, along with others, tend to set ourselves up for failure. But God! Oh what a glorious phrase! But God! God provided a righteousness that is not our own. Look closely at verses 2-4

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:2–4, NKJV)

   Faith allows for us to believe God accepts us on the basis of His Sons performance, not our own. God said at the point of Jesus’ baptism, “This is my Son, with Him I am well pleased.” Therefore when we put our trust in Jesus, the Son of God, God is pleased with us. We are accepted on the basis of what God gave us, not on what we do.

   Have you put your trust in the righteousness of God, forsaking your own? One will bring condemnation while the other acceptance and peace.

   Continue reading through this amazing chapter and find out who you are in Christ Jesus. Ask yourself these questions as you read.

   Does Gods Spirit bare witness with me that I am His son or daughter? In other words, is there a connection between God and me that goes beyond the God to His creation relationship? Do I see Him, and experience Him, as a loving Father? Or do I fear Him in the way an unruly child fears his earthly father?

   Does acceptance by God overwhelm the rejection I feel from other people so that my confidence lies in Him alone?

   Do I have a sense of Gods help in my life when I face various trials? Is my hope placed in eternity and not in this temporary world?

THE ROOT OF THE MATTER
Freedom At Last!
 

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Friday, 15 December 2017