Posts Tagged ‘Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus’

No condemnation, no accusation, no separation

May 9, 2018

Romans 8--1 new

The Verse of the Day for May 9, 2018 reminds believers where we stand when we remain steadfast in maintaining our fellowship in Christ: The passage is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

Romans 8:1-2:

 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.

Romans 8 makes known who we are as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and reveals what we have as well as what we do not have:

No condemnation

Clearly, there is no condemnation as the Verse of the Day states. This message is also reinforced in verse 34:

34 Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us.

No accusation

Neither “the accuser of the brethren” nor any other enemy can lay any false accusation against us. Verse 33 raises and answers the question:

33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself].

No separation

The Romans 8 culminates with a powerful response to a series of questions that emphatically state there is no separation for believers:

Romans 8:38-39 (AMP):

38 For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Despite the adverse circumstances of life that seek to negatively impact our relationship with God and cause us to question whether He really loves us, Paul offers this blessed assurance: Simply put, nothing can separate us from the love of God:

Beginning with death, the end of life, nor life itself can separate us;

Neither legions upon legions of angelic entities nor powers, neither all the demonic forces that follow the commands of “him who has the power of death—that is the devil”;

Nothing in this present life nor in the life to come;

Nothing is higher than the love of God which reaches beyond the highest height and lowest hell; “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”

Since God who is love created all things, then no created thing is outside the love of God. Nothing—literally “no thing”– shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Verse of the Day and other related passages come from Romans 8, my favorite chapter in the Bible (If I had to choose one).  Romans 8:2 serves as an introductory verse to this response expressing 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

Romans 8:2

 

As we move into this new season, we shall see what it brings,

As we learn that the life in the Spirit is where we should be.

No longer in bondage to sin and death, we have been set free.

Since we have been brought into the new, we can now do new things,

For 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 Spirit of the Living God and 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 fullness of all God has called us to be.

Integrity Music offers a magnificent Scripture Memory Song based on Romans 8:1-2 “There is Therefore Now No Condemnation”:

Made the righteousness of God

March 29, 2018

2 Corinthians 5--21

As we continue moving toward the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the Verse of the Day for March 29, 2018 reminds us of the accomplished work of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

By means of this remarkable exchange, God replaces the righteousness of humanity, which is but “filthy rags” with the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:22 in the Amplified Bible further explains:

This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction,

Not only do we now have the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ, but we have so much more:

1 Corinthians 1:30 (REV):

But of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God—and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption,

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin],

Because of accomplished work of Jesus Christ, those who trust in him are made new, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 makes known:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The Amplified Bible explains in more detail:

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are made alive and obtain new life by the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:10-11 (Revised English Version) reiterates this point:

10 But, if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 Moreover, if the spirit of him who raised Jesus out from among the dead lives in you, he who raised Christ Jesus out from among the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit that dwells in you.

1 John 4:13 explains:

This is how we know that we abide in him and he in us because he has given us of his spirit.

Since we have received the spirit of life, we are also encouraged to walk in that 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

Romans 8:2

 

As we move into this new season, we shall see what it brings,

As we learn that the life in the Spirit is where we should be.

No longer in bondage to sin and death we have been set free.

Since we have been brought into the new, we can now do new things,

For 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 Spirit of the Living God and 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 fullness of all God has called us to be.

We close with the Verse of the Day set to music by Hosanna! Music: God made Him (2 Corinthians 5:21):

 

Life, the spirit of life

August 19, 2017

 

1 John 5--11

The Verse of the Day for August 19, 2017 differentiates between those who have life and those who do not, as 1 John 5:11 in the English Standard Bible clearly reveals:

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

To more fully comprehend what God is saying, we need to examine these related verses:

1 John 5:11-13 (ESV):

11 And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

That You May Know

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we recognize that his ultimate purpose was to offer his life that humanity might have life, life in all its fullness, more abundant life, overflowing life abounding throughout all eternity.

This passage also brings to mind Paul’s reference to the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, the inspiration for this work:

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

Romans 8:2

As we move into this new season, we shall see what it brings,

As we learn that the life in the Spirit is where we should be.

No longer in bondage to sin and death we have been set free.

Since we have been brought into the new, we can now do new things,

For 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 Spirit of the Living God and understand

That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.

As we mature, our lives reveal the measure of Christ’s fullness.

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free

To walk into the fullness of all God has called us to be.

As believers, we navigate through the challenges of life, endeavoring ever to walk in the steps of Jesus Christ while seeking to find “the balanced life.” God’s desire is expressed in the final benediction in 1 Thessalonians 5:23:

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our desire for wholeness, for balance merges with God, our Father who assures us with these words:

So shall you find the balanced life

Oh, let me be weighed in a just balance

and let Him weigh me, that God may know mine integrity!

Job 31:6 [Amplified Bible]

 

My

Children

Beloved,

Faithful and true,

All that you have asked

I have given to you,

For I, the Lord, weigh the spirits.

I know your deepest desire to please.

As you transform yourselves by renewing your mind,

So shall you find the balanced life you seek.

It is My good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

You have not withheld from Me, so I balance your equation

And stabilize your life, as you strive to do My will.

For in the innocence of your hands and the integrity of your heart

I have found in you a perfected dwelling place where My Spirit can abide.

We close our comments with this reminder of the ultimate purpose of Jesus Christ, this lively musical rendering of John 10:10: “I have come”

Spirit of life in Christ Jesus

July 31, 2017

No condemnation quote

We begin with our morning time of reflection with the Quote of the Day for July 31, 2017, a statement from Mike Bikel:

“The enemy works overtime to keep us in shame. He knows if he can keep us in shame, he can minimize our intimacy with God.”

In response to any attempt to keep us in a state of shame or condemnation, Romans 8:1-2 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.

The opening verses from an often quoted chapter in the Bible inspired this poetic response which expresses our desire to pursue the path of life and walk in the spirit as opposed to walking in the flesh and pursuing the path of death. Each day we endeavor 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

Romans 8:2

 

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 seek to walk in wisdom, while striving to 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”:

 

 

 

Whoever has the Son has life

August 19, 2015

KJV_1_John_5-12The Verse of the Day for August 19 differentiates between those who have life and those who do not, as 1 John 5:12 (NLT) reveals:

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

To more fully comprehend what God is saying, we also need to examine these related verses:

1 John 5:11-15 (NLT)

11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

Conclusion

13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

In reflecting this passage, I recall a poem written at the beginning of the New Year in 2011.

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

Romans 8:2

 

As I move into the New Year to see just what it brings,

I must learn that the life in the Spirit is where I should be.

As I press toward the mark of the prize set before me,

I have been brought into the new to do new things.

Though my desire is to please God, to succeed and to excel,

I know that I am saved by grace, not by my own merit.

I covenant with God that I 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,

I embrace the Seven Spirits of God and understand

That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.

As I mature, I attain a measure of Christ’s fullness.

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free

To walk into the true fullness of God in Christ in me.

Later in the year, I recognized that God had answered my prayer, as I was inspired to pen this poetic response:

So shall you find the balanced life

Oh, let me be weighed in a just balance

and let Him weigh me,

that God may know mine integrity!

Job 31:6 [Amplified Bible]

Son,

Faithful and true,

All that you ask

I have given to you,

For the Lord weighs the spirits.

I know your deepest desire to please,

As you transform yourself by renewing your mind,

So shall you find the balanced life you seek.

It is my good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

You have not withheld from me, so I balance your equation

And stabilize your life, as you strive to do my will.

For in the innocence of your hands and the integrity of your heart

I have found in you a perfected dwelling place where my Spirit can abide.

Many times while reflecting deeply upon the Word of God, I recall Psalm 19: 12-14 as expressed in this Christian Scripture Praise and Worship song by Esther Mui:

There is therefore now no condemnation

May 9, 2015

Romans 8--1

The Verse of the Day for May 9, 2015 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 my favorite chapter in the Bible brings to mind a poem written on January 2, 2011. Inspired in part by Romans 8:2, I reflect upon the New Year and relate my desire to follow the exhortation to pursue the path of life and walk in the spirit as opposed to walking in the flesh and pursuing the path of death. Four years later, I am still endeavoring 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

Romans 8:2

 

As I move into the New Year to see just what it brings,

I must learn that the life in the Spirit is where I should be.

As I press toward the mark of the prize set before me,

I have been brought into the new to do new things.

Though my desire is to please God, to succeed and to excel,

I know that I am saved by grace, not by my own merit.

I covenant with God that I 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,

I embrace the Seven Spirits of God and understand

That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.

As I mature, I attain a measure of Christ’s fullness.

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free

To walk into the true fullness of God in Christ in me.

Don Moen offers a magnificent song of praise based on Romans 8:1-2 “There is Therefore Now No Condemnation”:

Reflections on Week 1 of January, 2011: Beholding the New in the New Year

January 9, 2011

The first week in the first month of the New Year, 2011, was particularly significant.

On January 2, the first Sunday in 2011, Apostle Eric Warren of Equip U Ministries of Columbus, Ohio delivered a message “Behold, I Do a New Thing.” He discussed the significance of the number 1 and its relation to the number 11. He went on to talk about “new things” which bring with them “first things.” He said, “First things become critically important in the season of new things.” While he focused primarily upon Romans 8, he began with Isaiah 43:19:

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

In reflecting upon the first week of the first month of the New Year, I noticed that a number of significant events took place, having particular importance to Equip U Ministries and beyond, to the Body of Christ in Columbus. The week began with a meeting of our Intercessory Prayer and Prophetic Cell Group known as Issachar, named for the “Sons of Issachar,” who in the Old Testament not only observed the times and seasons but explained the meaning behind what occurred. This meeting, held on New Year’s Day, was a powerful time of prayer and intercession for our church and for the city and beyond. We concluded with a most enjoyable meal with each member contributing.

The Sons of Issachar did not just know the times and seasons but understood what to do.

The first Sunday service was held in our new facility, which in itself is noteworthy, and the message focused on the first 14 verses of Romans 8 and emphasized “The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.” As is often my custom, I reviewed my notes and wrote a poem that captures the essence of the message from my perspective.  That poem was the first that I composed in the New Year:

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

                              Romans 8:2 

As I move into the New Year to see just what it brings,

I must learn that the life in the Spirit is where I should be.

As I press toward the mark of the prize set before me,

I have been brought into the new to do new things.

 Though my desire is to please God, to succeed and to excel,

I know that I am saved by grace, not by my own merit.

I covenant with God that I 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,

I embrace the Seven Spirits of God and understand

That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.

As I mature, I attain a measure of Christ’s fullness.

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free

To walk into the true fullness of God in Christ in me.

The emphasis on the “Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus” became even more relevant when I learned that “Celebration of Life Week” is the first week in January, which is also known as “Celebration of Life Month.”  As a writer for Examiner.com, an Internet publication, I published my first article in 2011 regarding these two celebrations occurring in the first month of the New Year. Click here to learn more about their significance to Columbus, Ohio.

Located in downtown Columbus, the "Celebration of Life" sculpture shows a mother holding up a child in love.

Following the admonition from Apostle Warren, I noted specifically some of the events that took place during the first week of January. Monday began with the amazing story of Ted Williams, the homeless panhandler, who quite providentially was interviewed regarding his “God-given gift of voice” and became an overnight celebrity who demonstrated the grace of the God of, not just a “second chance,” but of “another chance.” To read my observations and comments regarding this occurrence right here in Columbus, click here.

The week began on an astoundingly high note and continued to go even higher on Tuesday when the Buckeyes of Ohio State defeated Arkansas, 31-26, to win the Sugar Bowl. The final score and other aspects of the game clearly revealed “the grace of God.” You can read more of the details connected with the number five, as symbolic of grace, in the article “Ohio State enjoys sweet 31-26 win over Arkansas in Sugar Bowl.”

Buckeyes defeat Arkansas 31-26 in the Sugar Bowl--How sweet it is!

The Sugar Bowl win was, in actuality, a repeat performance of last year when the Bucs defeated the Oregon Ducks to win the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Faith the size of a mustard seed reveals what God can do with a little.

The culmination of the week occurred on Friday in a most unusual way for me personally, in that it was a “doubly lovely day—a payday” for which I thanked God. When I noticed the amount that had been directly deposited to my account, it was unusually low. I then realized that I had not worked during the week of Christmas and that I did not return to town until late on Monday, meaning I missed another day of work. As I looked at the small amount, I thought of a poem I had written at the end of last year. Pastor Michael Bivens made a casual remark which I transformed into a prayer which came to mind on Friday:

“Take My Meager. . .”

To  Pastor Michael T. Bivens

For a casual remark that resonated to the depths of my soul

…it may be that the LORD will work for us.                                                                                                                                                    For nothing restrains the LORD from saving                                                                                                                                                    by many or by few.”

                    1 Samuel 14:6b

“Take my meager and turn it into something mighty.”

Increase my meager faith like a tiny mustard seed.

Magnify my mite beyond anything I can see.

Replenish my supply, far above my greatest need.

At times I can’t surge ahead, no matter what I do,

But little is made into more than enough in Your hands.

With Gideon, You vanquished armies with only a few.

The widow’s oil did not fail, according to Your commands.

I must remember that one can put ten thousand to flight,

And that You multiply without measure the least amount,

That the smallest candle overwhelms the darkest night

 And fruit from a single seed no device on earth can count.

I know that the almighty hand of God will reveal

Great power, like leaven hidden in three measures of meal.

The magnitude of these events occurring in first week of the first month of 2011 is only a prelude to even greater victories ahead in the New Year that has just begun to unfold. For believers, we go from victory to victory, faith to faith and glory to glory.” Starting off the New Year with the situation regarding Ted Williams reveals the strong arm of the Lord God, the God of grace, the God of another chance, and likewise, the Bucs’ sweet 5-point Sugar Bowl victory—also demonstrates the overflowing grace of God. I think of Acts 4:33 which summarizes all that transpired during the first week in 2011:

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (KJV)

And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord

Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all. (AMP)

 

The events of Week 1 of January, 2011 are sealed with the lyrics of “Great Grace” sung by Mary Alessi.