In this episode Chris and I turn to Romans chapter 8, where Paul begins with the glorious good news: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1; ESV). This cones right on the heels of Paul’s lament in Romans 7:22-24, “For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (ESV) and his paradoxical doxology in v. 25: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” It was this juxtaposition, the honest confession of a Christian still struggling with sin and the gospel declaration that, for those who are united to Christ by grace alone, through faith alone, by the Holy Spirit, there is no more condemnation, that motivated Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformers to say: simul iustus et peccator, i.e., we Christians are at the same time righteous for Christ’s sake alone but we remain sinners in this life.
The great good news is that Jesus has absorbed God’s for us. All who believe in Jesus are saved and shall be saved by grace alone. Because of that and out that, he has given us his Spirit, united us to himself, and he is at work in us, sanctifying us and conforming us to himself. Here is the episode:
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