Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. For the mind- set of the flesh is death, but the mind- set of the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind- set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.
The best news that a person could ever hear is that there is now no condemnation for those who have broken God’s law. Paul has been working hard these previous seven chapters to reveal to you and I that we stand condemned and guilty before God. Now Paul declares to us that because God condemned sin in the flesh by sending Jesus as the propitiation; condemnation is no where to be found for those individuals who are “in Christ Jesus.” So how do we know whether we are “in” Christ Jesus? Well, where do you “set” your mind?
The text tells us that we can determine whether or not we are in Christ Jesus by observing what we think about. Do we think about the “things of the flesh,” or do we think about the “things of the Spirit”? The person who in “in” the flesh has a hostile mind toward God. You may not think that you have a hostile mind toward God because you can’t imagine yourself taking up arms against God and attacking him. Yet we learn here that the person who “does not submit to God’s law” is the one who is hostile to God. In contrast then the one who is “in” Christ Jesus is not hostile towards God because they “do” submit to God’s law.
Where do you “set” your mind, is it on the desires and cravings of your flesh, or on the desires and cravings of God through the scriptures?
- What do you think about when you have nothing to think about? Is it on the law of God, or on the things that are violations of God’s law?