The Verse of the Day for May 9, 2016 reminds believers where we stand when we remain steadfast in maintaining our fellowship in Christ:
Romans 8:1-2 (KJV)
1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The passage is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:
1THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
2For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
This passage from what I consider to be my favorite chapter in the Bible opens with a poem inspired in part by Romans 8:2. Here we express our desire to follow the exhortation to pursue the path of life and to walk in the spirit as opposed to walking in the flesh and pursuing the path of death. Today believers are still endeavoring to walk in the spirit:
The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has made me free from the law of sin and death
Moving forward in each new season, we see what it brings,
As we learn that we are free from the law of sin and death,
Freed from the hand of the enemy each time we draw breath.
We have been brought into the new to do new things.
Though our desire is to please God, to succeed and to excel,
We know that we are saved by grace, not by our own merit.
We covenant with God that we will walk in the Spirit
And provide a place where the Spirit of God may dwell.
Ever aware of God’s loving kindness and faithfulness,
We embrace the power of God’s Word: now we understand
That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.
As we mature, we attain a measure of Christ’s fullness.
The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free
To walk into the true fullness of all God called us to be.
Don Moen offers a magnificent song of praise based on Romans 8:1-2 “There is Therefore Now No Condemnation”: