God Has Done

The Gospel is really only Good News if we give up our self-salvation projects and realize God meets us with His grace in our weakness.  It’s never about what we need to do/change or improve but always by declaring what God has already done!
 
Romans 8:3–4 “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” 
 
The law condemned sin in the sense of pronouncing God’s condemnation of it.  The reason the Law was unable to bring about this holy life, lay in the flesh. The Law could forbid, rebuke, reprimand, and curse sin; but not effectually resolve it.    God did what the Law could not do –  resolve the issue of sin.  The Law could not free us from sin’s power or penalty.  When we were without hope God the Father sent God the Son to resolve the issue of sin for us.  God the Father’s value of you was the price of His Son. You may think you’re not worth much but God the Father was willing to purchase you at the price of His own most beloved Son.  You are free from condemnation because the Son paid your sin debt. 
 
Isaiah 53:4–7 “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” 
 
He condemned sin in the flesh, God’s condemnation of sin took place in the flesh, that is, in Christ’s flesh – Christ’s human nature.  He sent His own Son.  He did not send an angel, He did not send a mere man, He sent His own Son as a man.  He was sent to be an offering for sin.  The law cannot make men righteous but only expose their unrighteousness and condemn them for it.  Whereas sin once condemned the believer, now Christ Jesus condemns sin, delivering the believer from sin’s power and penalty.  Grab a hold of this truth and don’t let go.  The issue is no longer sin but Jesus.  Jesus dealt with sin it is now a matter of what you will do with Jesus!
 
That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  The thing God did was to make possible a holy life for those walking by His indwelling Spirit.  God could not remain just without punishing sin.  He didn’t ignore the law but satisfied its holy requirements through the sacrifice of Jesus.  It is not an admonition but a statement of fact that applies to all believers.  “Peripateo” to walk, refers to a habitual way or bent of life, to a life-style.  You no longer need an external code because you’ve got His life in you.  Now begin the journey of walking in harmony with His indwelling life and when you do the fruit of the Spirit will begin to be manifest in your life.
 
This week, I hope you’ll put your focus on your Jesus and not on your failures.  Then listen to His Spirit and all He wants to do in and through you.
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Tim