This passage has always struck me as one of the grandest promises in Scripture. In fact, it is so amazing that I can hardly wrap my mind around it.
You see, I deserve condemnation. In me is nothing that is worth saving. In me is no power to resist sin and conquer death. In me is only brokenness and hopelessness.
But this rich, beautiful passage makes it clear that being set free from sin and death has nothing to do with me. “In Christ,” it says two times in two short verses. Yet those two words, to those who will believe and receive it, hold the key to the most incredible restoration and healing of all.
In Romans chapter 7, Paul writes that the law shows us just how sinful we are. We seem to be without hope. But with the turn of the chapter, he glories in the truth that, in Christ Jesus, a greater law can reign in our hearts — the law of the Spirit of life. Though we deserve it, we are no longer condemned. As the old hymn from Elvina M. Hall (1865) states, “Jesus paid it all; all to him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain; he washed it white as snow.”
Do you carry a burden of guilt and self-condemnation? Know from God’s Word that those who are in Christ can lay that burden down and never, ever pick it up again. Walk forth in the freedom Jesus bought for you. Receive his love and then rejoice every day that you are in Christ Jesus!
Lord Jesus, I don’t deserve and never could deserve your love. Yet you loved me enough to ransom me from sin and make me free. Thank you that in you I can never be condemned. Thank you for that amazing promise. Amen.
Go Deeper — Write down a sin you have yet to confess. Kneel down, if possible, and hand it to God. Now wad up the paper and throw it in the trash. Don’t dig it out again.
Read Further — Still have doubts that your sins can truly be forgiven. This article Experiencing God’s Love and Forgiveness may give you insight.
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