Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 8:1-17.
Memory Text: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).
Romans chapter 8 is Paul’s answer to Romans chapter 7. In Romans chapter 7 Paul speaks of frustration, failure, and condemnation. In Romans chapter 8 the condemnation is gone, replaced with freedom and victory through Jesus Christ.
Paul was saying in Romans chapter 7 that if you refuse to accept Jesus Christ, the wretched experience of Romans chapter 7 will be yours. You will be slaves to sin, unable to do what you choose to do. In Romans chapter 8 he says that Christ Jesus offers you deliverance from sin and the freedom to do the good that you want to do but that your flesh won’t allow.
Paul continues, explaining that this freedom was purchased at infinite cost. Christ the Son of God took on humanity. It was the only way He could relate to us, could be our perfect example, and could become the Substitute who died in our stead. He came “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3). As a result, the righteous requirements of the law can be fulfilled in us (Rom. 8:4). In other words, Christ made victory over sin – as well as meeting the positive requirements of the law – possible for those who believe, not as a means of salvation but as the result of it. Obedience to law had not been, nor ever can be, a means of salvation. This was Paul’s message and Luther’s message, and it must be ours as well.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, December 2.
Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons