Romans 7:19-25 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
The great dilemma of the ages: where do I receive victory in my Christian life? In my flesh I cannot please the Lord nor live the way He wants me to live. On my own, I cannot even fulfill the Law’s demands. The battle the Apostle Paul describes in Romans 7 seems well-nigh hopeless, futile, vain… But there is hope! The conflict doesn’t end there. The same God who inspired Romans 7 also gave us Romans 8, the Victory Chapter. This chapter is what many theologians refer to as the Jewel of the New Testament. And the truths contained within these verses gleam brightly for all with eyes to see, and ears to hear!
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The key to daily victory is to abide in Christ. When you came to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation from sin, fully trusting in His death, burial and resurrection, your account was credited with the perfect sinless righteousness of Jesus, the only person who has ever fully fulfilled the Old Testament Law. When our Heavenly Father looks down from Heaven at His children, He sees only the righteousness of the spotless Lamb of God, not our blemishes and sin-stains. Right here and now (not just after we die), all God’s children are free from condemnation! From the moment I placed personal faith in Jesus Christ, He delivered me from the wrath of God for my sins (eternity in Hell) – because He has already borne my penalty for them when He died on the cross of Calvary. The lightning of God’s wrath will never strike the same person twice – either we accept Jesus’ payment for our sins, or we bear the penalty ourselves in Hell. If you are reading this and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Saviour, I plead with you to accept His payment for your sin. Come unto Jesus for forgiveness and cleansing, and let Him make you a new creature!
The hymn writer, Philip Bliss, said it best in his song Once For All:
Free from the law - O happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Grace hath redeemed us once for all.
Now are we free - there's no condemnation!
Jesus provides a perfect salvation;
"Come unto Me" O hear His sweet call!
Come - and He saves us once for all.
God Is For Us
In Romans 8:28, we see that our Heavenly Father God is working out all things in our lives for our good. (This is a promise only God's children can claim - those who have been born again into God's family through faith in Jesus for salvation.) The good that He is working out is to make us more like His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:28-29 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
We can take confidence in the Lord and His will for our lives, and trust Him for all that He allows or brings into our lives - because He has a purpose for everything. One verse that I often think of in relation to the above passage is:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I can rejoice and thank the Lord for all He allows into my life because it is all according to His will and purpose!
In light of that above fact, I know that God is for us.
1) The Holy Spirit is for us:
He will lead us and give us the assurance of our adoption as sons.
Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.
The Holy Spirit will help us to pray according to the will of God for our lives.
Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
2) Our Heavenly Father is for us:
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He has already met our greatest need (salvation), and has promised to meet all our other needs.
Romans 8:32 He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
He justifies His children (declares them not guilty in His sight).
Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
3) The Son of God (The Lord Jesus Christ) is for us:
Jesus is in Heaven as our advocate and Mediator between us and our Heavenly Father; He is standing in the gap for us when we sin against Him - ready to offer forgiveness and cleansing through His shed blood.
Romans 8:34 Who is He that condemneth?* It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
*God is the only one who has the power and authority to condemn us - no one else can, but He is the one who has already justified His children, and He will never go back on His word! We can take full assurance in that!
No one and nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of Christ, nor from our Saviour Himself.
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Knowing that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all for us, we can trust God fully to carry out His perfect will in our lives. Truly He has made us more than conquerors over all the trials in our lives!
Written October 29th, 2004
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