No condemnation (part 1)

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 NIV

A week ago or so I posted about Romans 6 – Dying to sin nature and fleshly desires and submitting to God’s will.  I meditated on the verses from chapter 6 and 7 and let them grow roots deep within.  Not my will, dear Jesus, but Thy will be done. 
If you have been following, you know that I have been running fool-hardy straight into the depths of this whole thing. I have been fed the milk and the baby food for years (and even some meat).  I had to catch back up with myself. But I also knew if I was going to come back and surrender to God – it would be a total surrender.
Some of my early posts cried out – here I am use me – not my will, but Thy will… I have delved into the searching and repenting and surrendering and most assuredly the changes and transformation.
It all leads to Romans 6:2 “How can we who are dead to sin live any longer therein?”  DEAD. So I mulled it over for quite a while. Chapter 7 takes this death to sin a bit further with explaining the old Jewish law and the new covenant of Christ and his logic written out makes you wish for a flow chart or something.  But let’s try to understand the sin struggle – why we sin – why we all sin, even those of us who have walked through the process of surrendering all the sins to God – trudged through the death process of digging with God into our depths and His – bathing in grace and repenting.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 7:

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 

24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:15-25 NIV

What a wretched woman I am. We live on a planet where sin rules and we are born into it. We will never be completely pure until we get to heaven. But the work of the cross completed that work and we are cleansed enough to please God (as long as we maintain repentance) and be able to have fellowship with Him.
You see he is so pure and Holy that He cannot be near sin, yet while we were yet sinners He sent His son to die for us.

Yet what we know is sin, we still do and what we know we should do, we don’t do. Every one of us.  There is always something more God asks for us, or asks us to not do.  When we first come to Christ certain obvious sins quickly fall away then we look at the less obvious.  Then as we mature, things that we didn’t consider sins have slowly become something we feel convicted about – why? These things aren’t wrong for other people to do. It’s because we are growing in God and His plan for us – some of us will live a more strict life and others, not as strict.

Whatever it is for me – not my will, but thy will.  
It is quite the dark night when God searches you and helps you identify many areas you sin. But it’s not just sin that applies to this. When delving into these chapters this deeply it can be our fleshly desires, our will, anything we value more than we value God (or value as much as God).

He is a good Good Father; He is loving, tender and caring. We can give our self and our things to Him and He will take care of them.  God is love.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 NIV

And here begins the deeper work of this redemption story – the great grace by which we came to this place.

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
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