Present Truth Part 23

8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  8:2  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 (Emphasis supplied).

The apostle Paul tells us something here that sounds too good to be true and that is those who are in Christ Jesus are not under any condemnation. In Romans 8:2-4 he lets us know this is because the law of the Spirit guarantees our perfect obedience to the law of God. However, to better understand why there is no condemnation and what we must do in order to stay in Christ we must read what we are told in I John 1:5-10. It says:

1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Emphasis supplied).

John 1:1-14 tells us that this light was in Jesus (who is God in the flesh) and the light in Him would lighten the whole world. This light is the Holy Spirit that is to guide us to all truth (see John 16:7-14). It is called the Spirit of life because it is by His power that we are born again and pass from death to life (see John 3:1-7 & John 5:25): A life that is controlled by the Spirit and not the flesh (see Galatians 5:16-25). It is called the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus because it is guaranteed by law to accomplish this purpose as long as we are in Jesus. Therefore, the key to living a perfect life: A life that is free of condemnation because it is guaranteed to fulfill the law of God is to stay in Christ Jesus. This is why I John 1:7 says:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (Emphasis supplied). 

Again, the key to living a righteous life is not in our efforts to obey the law of God: The key to living a righteous life is in abiding in Jesus (see John 15:1-10). I John 1:8-10 tells us what we must do in order to abide in Jesus. It says:

1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Emphasis supplied).

This tells us all that we can and must do in order to abide in Christ Jesus and as long as we abide in Him the law of the spirit of life will work and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Next week I am going to discuss more fully what I John 1:8-10 is telling us about what we must do in order to live holy. Until then I leave you with this God inspired definition of holiness and what we must do to attain it. It is taken from page 33 of the book, In Heavenly Places:

Holiness is constant agreement with God. Shall we not strive to be that which Christ so greatly desires us to be—Christians in deed and in truth—that the world may see in our lives a revelation of the saving power of truth? This world is our preparatory school. While here we shall meet with trials and difficulties. Continually the enemy of God will seek to draw us away from our allegiance. But while we cleave to Him who gave Himself for us we are safe.  {HP 33.4}