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The Final Victory Over Sin
Romans chapter eight gives a resounding triumphant song that comes forth from the anguishing question, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” Paul shouts “No condemnation”! “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
The opposite of condemnation is justification. There is now not even one bit of condemnation for the person who is “in Christ Jesus.” There is “no condemnation” now, and there never will be condemnation for those who are “in Christ.”
The apostle boldly declares with a powerful statement the believer’s perfect eternal security in Jesus Christ. The chapter begins with “no condemnation,” and ends with “no separation,” and in between is “no defeat.” Nothing, and no one “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 39).
The Christian life is a victorious life, but the apostle Paul does not see it as life without conflict. Even the born again believer has to reckon with the "flesh."
The apostle Paul is ruthlessly honest with the tension and reality of sin dwelling in the believer so long as he is living this present life.
The victory is in Jesus Christ. He has delivered us from the condemnation of the law because Jesus fulfilled the law. The penalty for sin has been paid in full. He has also given us spiritual birth. We have been born spiritually. We now live the new life in Christ through the power of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. “If we are led by the Spirit” we are the “sons of God” (8:14). If we are not living by the Spirit we are not Christians.
The greatest evidence that we are true believers is that we are living under the control of the Holy Spirit.
God’s Word gives us the promise of the assurance of final victory over the power and presence of sin in the Christian’s life. The inevitable triumph will come through God’s grace. Because God has saved us from sin’s penalty, and is saving us from sin’s power, He will give us the final victory over sin’s presence when Christ returns.
What Paul says in Romans seven leads right on into Romans chapter eight. Both chapters are pictures of the mature Christian as he fights the spiritual warfare. No Christian is completely sinless. We are still sinners. The born again believer still has to reckon with the flesh. However, we rest assured of our victory in Christ. We will receive perfect deliverance from sin’s presence when He presents us complete in Him to the Father. It is a future deliverance when He gives us our glorified resurrected bodies (1 Cor. 15:50-58).
God will rescue me through Jesus Christ! Until the day of final deliverance let’s fight the good fight. The outcome of this spiritual warfare is certain. Christ has and will triumph and we, too, will with Him.
Our knowledge of the final outcome of this fight gives us the courage to continue. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NASB 1995). “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4, NASB 1995).
There is now no condemnation for those who have been joined in a vital union to Jesus Christ by God the Father through the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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