For those of you who happen to glance by this blog…
In my study today I was going through this passage in Romans 8:
1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
It made me ask myself:
If there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,
then why is there need for atonement?
This is what I think…
- In every act of sin there is a separation from God. Isaiah 59:2 tells us that our own iniquities have caused this separation. This is not saying that God disowns us or doesn’t forgive us – this separation is more like a wall or barrier that we put up disrupting the natural flow of His grace into our lives. The only way we can remove this wall is by bringing before him supplication for the removal of guilt – to be said He does not listen to the prayers of the wicked otherwise named those who request forgiveness without repentance and continue sinning.
- Those who seek to be in Christ Jesus are those who sedulously labor to subdue and mortify the flesh, so that the love of true religion seems to reign in them. Even though we are still beset with sin – we are exempt from the power of death granted we live not in the flesh but in the spirit. The trembling consciences of the godly have an invincible fortress, for they know that while they abide in Christ they are beyond every danger of condemnation.
- Romans 8:8 – Every act of sin or carnal living causes us to stop pleasing God at which point we then need atonement to return to the grace of God.
Tell me what you think…