Sin Condemned by Christ

“For 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:” —Romans 8:3

The law was weak through the flesh. This is not to say that the commands of God are weak in and of themselves. These commandments come from God and are holy, just and good (Romans 7:12). So, how is the law weak then? Apart from its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, the law is weak because it could not save men; and not only was it incapable of saving men, but it also condemned them; “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Romans 7:11). When we were unsaved, unbelieving sinners, the commandments of the law condemned us and killed us; that’s how the law was our schoolmaster leading us to Christ, because the law left us with no hope except that it be found in Jesus Christ, and in Him alone.

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No Condemnation from Christ

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” —Romans 8:1, 2

Again, the chapter begins, “There is therefore…” Now, I’m sure you’re getting tired of me and every preacher you’ve heard say that every time you see a “therefore,” go back and find out what it is therefore; so I’m not going to tell you that. Nevertheless, this little Greek word does connect us with what the apostle has just spoken previously to, first, amplify our hope so that we are not crushed in despair from the wretched truth of Romans 7:24; and second, to further explain his thanksgiving for the believer’s reality in Christ expressed in Romans 7:25.

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