June 13, 2018

Every Man's Sin Condemned by the Only Sinless One of All

Romans 8:3–4

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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,1 he condemned sin in the flesh, 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.

Footnotes

[1] 8:3 Or and as a sin offering

Every Man's Sin Condemned by the Only Sinless One of All



Central Truth

There is not one among us who is able to be good enough to meet God's perfect standards. Our flesh is weakened by sin. We were lost completely until the perfect sacrificial lamb died for us so that through faith in Him we may be seen as righteous. 

Devotional | Romans 8:3–4

I decided to go to law school because of a conversation I had with a relative who is a lawyer. Through that and a series of circumstances that only God could have orchestrated, I ended up...

I decided to go to law school because of a conversation I had with a relative who is a lawyer. Through that and a series of circumstances that only God could have orchestrated, I ended up practicing criminal law. Of all the areas of the law, this one has the most direct connection to the law of Moses described in the Old Testament. I can tell you from personal observation that no man can perfectly observe all of our laws, let alone God's laws, which not only include our actions, but also our thoughts. Every day at work, I see very clearly our need for a savior to rescue us from the sinful nature of our flesh (Romans 3:23).

Because our sinful nature makes it impossible to achieve the righteousness that God desires, we are adrift in the ocean without a raft. The law makes clear our need for a savior. So God throws us a life preserver—Jesus. A perfect sacrifice is necessary to bring us back from certain death, and God says He has a solution. His perfect Son will lay down His life for everyone (Romans 6:23, 5:8).

As seen in Romans 8:3, God did for us what we could never do for ourselves. When we accept the free gift of salvation, we are made righteous through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). The sin in our flesh is condemned (or washed away) by Him who knew no sin (Jesus) so that through His death, burial, and resurrection we may be seen as righteous in the eyes of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

What a miracle! Someone else's punishment has paid the price for my rebellion so I am freed from the bondage of sin. How could we ever repay that kind of grace and mercy? We can't, and He doesn't expect us to. He just wants us to, with gratitude, be faithful while we wait for His return and share this good news with the world (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19). Let's go!

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Bio | Roger Haynes

Hello, fellow Journeyers! My name is Roger Haynes. Happy to be with you. 

My family consists of an awesome wife (Andrea), three great sons (Mason, Carter, and Nolan), the best dog on the planet (Murphy), and a cat (Cisco). We enjoy anything involving being outdoors. Camping, hunting, and golf are favorites, as well as anything involving the beach or mountains. 

Living under the law is something I still do every day in my work as an attorney. However, in my faith, by grace, Jesus redeemed me once and for all so that I am freed from the requirements of the law.

Discussion Questions

1. Different people have different "ditches" or fleshly sin struggles that tempt them. Do you know what yours is? If you don't, pray for God to reveal specifically where your flesh is weak so you can fight temptation in that area, and ask others to pray for your victory over it. How can you live according to the Spirit today in a way that brings glory to God and victory over your flesh?

2. When I consider all that God has done for me, I sometimes feel unworthy because of my sinful actions and failure to act in certain situations. Do you ever feel this way? How do you overcome this thinking? I have to constantly remind myself that I am a son of God, adopted by Him into His family. I also remember how I feel about my own sons. My love for them is not based on their performance, and neither is my Father's love for me.

3. The Old Testament law revealed both the complete and utter failure to be able to meet God's requirements and the need to continually return to the altar to ask for forgiveness. Without that system in place, it is easy to forget that, though justification is a one-and-done act of faith, our sanctification requires the daily transformation of our hearts and shows that our faith is living and active. How are you doing at being transformed daily (Romans 12:1-2)? 

6 Comments available

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

Deut 5:3 probably came as a surprise to the Joshua generation. God didn’t make a covenant in a sense with their fathers at my Sinai but with them. They had a heart for God not just the letter

Their fathers saw the burning mountain and heard the thunder and experienced miracles but it didn’t bring them to the promised land

greg jones 12 days ago

Question 1 First, understand your motivations apart from your circumstances. 2 Corinthians ch 6 Second, add the therefore of 2 Corinthians 7:1. Reverence for God, motive for the act in a criminal trial sense, purify the body and spirit.

I rest my case.

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

The law is good, but we (as the natural man with old nature) are the weak link. We are what weaken the law.

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

The greatest law giver, Moses, did not enter the promised land due to disobedience, rather by faith Joshua and Caleb entered

The men died ‘under the law’ in Ruth. At least Naomi’s husbands and sons who didn’t seem to have hearts to obey

Esther came ‘under the curse of the law’ to save her people.

Lindsey Driscoll 12 days ago

Great devo Roger, glad to have your knowledge of our local and state laws and your ability to draw the parallel between God’s OT law. Q3- “Sanctification requires daily transformation of our hearts.” I can pinpoint the need to have sanctification and live in the spirit in the area of complaining. Wether it be at work, at home, or just mentally in my head complaining of all that needs to be done. Praying for a heart of gratitude today, and to take thoughts captive to make them greatful praise to the Lord and dependence on him for my needs.

Hugh Stephenson 12 days ago

Good morning Roger. A great devo, especially highlighting my sinful nature. I first heard this term in re:gen years ago. At first, I sort of shrugged and said, “Yeah, I get it.” Over time, God gave me deeper and deeper understandings of this truth.

The bridge diagram really got my attention. With more and more reflection that chasm got wider and wider. I got smaller. God got bigger. And the cross became immense.

Q1 - My “ditches”: Pride, Fear/Anxiety, Control, Lust, Gluttony, Materialism, Comfort, Sloth. I am sure there are more to be added as God reveals them

Q2 - I feel massively unworthy. Every service the music reminds me of what God has done for me. Often, I just have to sit down and sob. And pray.

Q3 – Daily sanctification. My sinful nature draws me away from this and back to the world, (1 John 2:15-17).

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