(Romans 8:3) “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:”
The Law could forbid me. The Law could scold my conscience. The Law could correct me. But what could the Law not do? It could not free me from the law of sin and death! In my Christian walk, every time I try to live according to the letter of the law, I face condemnation. I am not able to escape failure under the law. I see my own inadequacies. But when I come back to the source, the center of my identity, I realize once again that in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation. My sinful flesh is weak and powerless to fulfill the law. My sinful flesh is unable to meet the righteous requirements of God.
God’s plan is not for me to receive constant condemnation. God’s plan is not for me to bear a continual burden in my soul as a reminder of my past. God’s plan was to turn the tables on sin and the flesh. Instead of condemning my spirit, “sin in the flesh” received the condemnation.
When the Lord Jesus died on the cross, sin in my flesh was condemned. When I placed my faith in Him, God rewrote my history so that Christ became my Adam. My past link to the first Adam was removed and my life is now eternally linked to the second Adam, Who is Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:45) “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
Because sin stands condemned, it has no right to operate in me. Sin is a convict without a home. When I choose to sin, I am choosing to allow something without spiritual rights and privileges to have power over me. Therefore, sin operates illegally when it has free reign to work through me.
Renewed Thought – Thank you Lord that my history is defined by Christ alone. Sin has no legal right over me today. I choose to be a servant of You and I choose to be defined by You in all that I am.