Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1–2 NIV
There is an unbreakable link between slavery and condemnation. Bondage of any kind erodes the hope of freedom that exists in each of our hearts. As Christ followers, we have been set free, yet many still struggle with the shackles of sin . . . sin in their past, sin and it’s pain, and sin and it’s power.
Paul reminds the followers in Rome that they are “set free from the law of sin and death.” Even though it’s every believer’s right through their new birth, many don’t know how to realize this releasing freedom. We make every attempt to experience freedom through our own efforts, yet it only exists in experiencing life through Christ.
There Is No Condemnation. The price for sin has been permanently paid . . . past, present and future. The accuser of our soul will make every attempt to collect a debt that has been already discharged. Jesus not only satisfies the penalty; He speaks on our behalf. Paul writes, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, Who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Rom 8:34 NIV)
There Is No Confusion. Young writes, “Christian voices also can lead you astray: ‘Do this!’ ‘Don’t do that!’ ‘Pray this way!’ ‘Don’t pray that way!’ If you listen to all those voices, you will become increasingly confused.” So often, spiritual prominence is determined by a significant performance. Being in God’s presence must be our priority. He knows that what we do will never be good enough. So, what we do is replaced by what Christ has already done. It’s always about Him . . . it’s never about us. Paul reminds us, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Cor 5:17 NLT)
There Is Contentment. Accepted. Satisfied. Content. Free. I appreciate the interpretation of Philippians 4:11 in The Amplified Bible, “Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” Paul explains that contentment, found in Christ, brings about satisfaction so we are not “disturbed or disquieted.” Donald Whitney writes, “The essence of contentment is being satisfied with the incomparable and limitless treasures found in Jesus Christ. Contentment is your soul saying, ‘I have Jesus, and Jesus is enough.'”
You are free in Christ – there is no condemnation.
You are found in Christ – there is no confusion.
You are full in Christ – there is contentment.
Our freedom in Christ is our gratitude moment.
He, alone, is enough.