March 28, 2017 – Tuesday
Read: Romans 8:1 – 4, NIV
Focus: v. 3, NIV
“For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh,. . . .”
The paragraph we are looking at introduces the matter of the difference between living by the Law and living by Christ’s Spirit. It wouldn’t hurt to read further than the portion shared in our heading above even all the way down to verse 17. In fact, a bit later on I will use a verse from that larger portion. Basically, what Paul wrote was that the Law couldn’t keep us holy because it (the Law) was weakened by our own deficiencies. But God was able to do something about it through Christ who became the sin-offering for us.
God, who gave the Law, knew that the Law could not eventually save us so He completed His plan through His own Son, Jesus Christ. Remember that the “sin offering” had to be repeated year after year for the sins of the whole nation of Israel. Individuals also gave sin offerings on a more frequent and personal basis by making offerings. Ezekiel in his 18th chapter twice tells us “The soul that sinneth, it shall die (KJV).” See verses 4 and 20 of that chapter. It would be impossible for a man to give enough sin offerings to cover his own sins. The sin offering was a substitute for his own life being forfeit because of his sin. These sin offerings were looking forward to the perfect sin offering which was God’s own Son. This Jesus did on the Cross at Calvary as a forever sin offering that covers all sin past, present and future. When we receive Christ as God’s Son and sacrifice for our sins He takes away all condemnation. As adopted children of God through Jesus our sin is covered over by the Robe of Righteousness which Jesus gives to us. Are we perfect and holy? Not in ourselves but, yes, we are in Christ Jesus.
Now I want to share a verse from further in this section written by Paul. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15, NIV). Do you see how important Christ as our sin offering is? No longer are we slaves to sin but have actually been adopted as sons (and daughters) of God.