“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
Freedom! What immediately comes to mind when you hear the word “freedom?” For some, it is time spent in military service defending our nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic. For teenagers, it is the feeling that comes when graduating high school and moving off to college. For college students, it is the exhilaration that takes place when the degree is conferred and they launch out into their career field. And for those who have spent their last 30 plus years in a particular place of employment, freedom means never punching a clock again.
But for the struggling Christian that gives God for their “No Condemnation” status, freedom means the law of sin and death has no power over them. Paul defines our identity with crystal clear clarity when he says we are “in Christ Jesus.” That’s not only the key to our status, that simple phrase is the core of our convictional faith. We are in Christ Jesus, who died to set us free from the law of sin and death.
How do we know that we have been set free from the law of sin and death? The resurrection! Jesus triumphed over these things when he victoriously rose from the dead. And with his resurrection, he assured our future resurrection. Paul told the church at Corinth: “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Cor. 15:20-22). That simple truth is why Elvina Hall penned these words in 1865:
Jesus paid it all,
All to him I owe;
Sin has left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
As you praise the Lord for your “No Condemnation” status this week, please don’t forget to thank him for you freedom from the law of sin and death. Remember the stain of sin has been washed clean with the precious blood of the spotless Lamb of God.