Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Verse for Today - Romans 8:1,2 (click to read mini-Blog)
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you
free from the law of sin and death."
Read all of Romans 8
Not only were the Scriptures first written in Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT), they also use words and concepts that sometimes escape our understanding. For instance, Today's Verse says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. While many would objectively hope and grant that this statement is TRUE, to be fully appreciated it needs to be heard with the awareness of one's sin and guilt before God.
In verse 2 we read about "the law of sin and death." What is that law? It is the humanly unbreakable connection between sinning/being a sinner and being punished for that sin. Whether you think of this in terms of the Fall, "on the day that you eat of it you shall surely die" or Romans 6:23 "The wages of sin is death...." the law or rule convicts sinners of both their guilt (fact of sin) and their misery (its consequence).
The Good News (literally the Gospel) is that this "law" or unbreakable connection between sin-and-punishment has been overcome by Christ Jesus Himself.
This should make guilty (but forgiven) sinners like us pretty happy.