Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 8:1
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1
In Genesis 3 Adam and Eve sinned causing all of mankind to be under the curse. “Therefore, just as through one-man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned”. Romans 5:12. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, death came into the world. But even more important in my thoughts, perfection was lost, for sin was passed on from generation to generation. Man could not address this problem himself, for the solution was the shedding of the blood of an innocent, perfect man, who would have the sins of all imputed to him, thus paying the penalty for us. Also, we would be justified, declared righteous, if we choose to accept this work done by Jesus.
This is what happened. Man, himself could not do it, for no man was innocent, without sin. Therefore, God had to come down himself and die for us. And He did, through the second person of the trinity, Jesus the Christ. Peter says the following when describing his calling, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:21-24. Because of the death Jesus died for us, we are justified by our faith in His work. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
I know this is understood by all who are Christians. However, do we rejoice because of this? This is the most incredible picture of love ever exhibited in this world. We were condemned and bound for eternal punishment because of our sin, and there was nothing we could do. So, God did it for us. He spent over thirty years here on earth living an absolutely perfect life, ending in dying a horrendous death to pay the penalty for our sins. Do we show our appreciation for this as we should? As I said above, we were condemned, but now the condemnation has been done away with for us who are truly saved by faith in the work of Christ.
We must rejoice with everything we have, for we are reconciled with God and we now have access to Him. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Romans 5:10-11. Never let this work of Christ be minimized at any cost. Be mindful of it at all times, for without this work, we have no hope, but through this work we have absolute hope, for our sins are forgiven and we are now children of God. “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14. William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.