Romans 8:1 What Can We Do?

Romans 8:1 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

At first glance a person might think walking after the Spirit, not the flesh is a condition for being in Christ and thus, not condemned. In reality it is not a condition but a description. The person who is in Christ Jesus doesn’t walk after the flesh but after the Spirit.

This doesn’t mean he/she does that perfectly. We are so prone to putting all the responsibility on ourselves (because that gives us control) that we look at this as a way to make things happen:

  • I don’t want to feel/be condemned
  • I will therefore be in Christ and
  • I will do that by walking after the Spirit not the flesh

Truth is, this is beyond us. The rest of the chapter describes the process that is happening in us as the Spirit of God transforms us into the image of God. This is a work we are so incapable of doing in our own power that we don’t even know how to properly pray for it. This is a work of the Holy Spirit.

What can we do then? Besides calling upon the Lord and trusting Him alone for salvation we can:

  • Submit to the Spirit’s leading and work
  • Wait upon Him to reveal Himself “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little” until we are home. And
  • Rest in the truth declared in verse one and confirmed in verses thirty one through thirty nine that, though we are a work in progress, we are not condemned.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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