Free to Live like Christ
Yesterday I blogged about Romans 8:1-2 where I explained that there is now no condemnation in Christ. Read full blog here.
Somebody commented on a thread in Facebook how many people tend to use this verse as an excuse to sin. While this is true, many do so because they make the error of only choosing verses they want to read and not read the book on its entirety.
If you move down a few verses down, the reason of using the verse to excuse me from sin would not stand.
Romans 8:5-8 (ESV)
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
The result of Christ saving us does not give us the license to sin but rather it moves us to worship. Our transformation is rooted in Christ’s dying on the cross for us. And now that I am saved, I trust and rely on God’s finished work on the cross to live out my faith. I do not live out my faith today to prove that I am a Christian but as an evidence that I know have a loving relationship with Jesus.
At the same time, it doesn’t mean I will be perfect. At times when we fall into sin, I pray that we would repent and be reminded of who we are in Christ. In doing so, we don’t beat ourselves to death because of guilt knowing that God’s mercy is new every morning.
That would be my next blog… the process of sanctification. Meanwhile, hope you guys can watch and listen to what sanctification is in the video below