Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Rom. 8:1-4).
These verses present two paths. One is the law. One is Christ. We can try to meet God’s requirements by obeying the law. We will fail because the flesh is incapable of following God’s law. The alternative is Jesus. He fulfilled the requirements of the law by becoming a sin offering. He has satisfied the law for us. It is as if we kept every command without flaw.
While the law failed—and will always fail—because our flesh is powerless, God did not fail. He is not limited by our flesh.
How long will we limp between two opinions? (1 Kings 18:21). We have to decide which path we will take. It’s one or the other. Either we will rely on our ability to obey or we will rely on Christ’s obedience at the cross. One results in limitation, failure, and condemnation. The other results in freedom, accomplishment, and forgiveness. One is a religion of our own imagination. The other is Christianity.
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