Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #27
Posted: December 16, 2004

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

We have for some time been looking at great “IN CHRIST’ truths from the book of Romans.  This week we turn our attention to Romans chapter 8.  It is there we find four great positional phrases that are: IN CHRIST, THROUGH HIM, IN US, and FOR US.   We desire to study verses 1-4 this week where we find two of our phrases that are: IN CHRIST, and IN US.  There are four great truths mentioned in these verses.  They are: A GREAT PROMISE, A GREAT PROVISION, A GREAT POSITION, and A GREAT PRACTICE.

A GREAT PROMISE 

Paul has spent much time in chapters 1-7 telling us that we are condemned to death in the first Adam.  He says, ‘…there is none righteous…none that understandeth…none that seeketh after God…none that doeth good” He tells us that the wages of man’s sin is death.  Paul tells us that apart from Christ there ‘dwelleth no good thing in us’.  We have no ability apart from Christ to perform any good.  O, what a predicament. 

In verse one of our text is the GREAT PROMISE.  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…”  Condemnation deals not only with a guilty verdict, but the penalty to be carried out because of the verdict.  There will be no guilty verdict or penalty for the one IN CHRIST.   The word ‘no’ is a double negative saying, no, no, absolutely no way.  We have been placed IN CHRIST and we are beyond the reach of condemnation.  I will never hear the words, ‘guilty, depart from me into the lake of fire’.  Glory, what a thought! 

A GREAT PROVISION 

In verse two, we are reminded of our prior life when we were under the bondage of sin and death.  The word ‘law’ is not the principle of the Ten Commandments.  The keeping of these will not free a man from sin and death.  James says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point is guilty of all.”  The law here is a higher law.  It is the law of Christ.  This law not only demands perfection, but it gives the ability to do and to be.  What a provision Christ has provided in justifying us.   

A GREAT POSITION  

In verse three we are reminded that just keeping the law or being moral is weak in the satisfying of the demands of God.  Christ came as my substitute in the likeness of sinful flesh.  He condemned sin and flesh.  Here is where He took my condemnation.  He took my sin and gave me His righteousness.  O, what a substitute!  O, what a position!  

A GREAT PRACTICE  

In verse four we see that we do not have to try and do right in our practice.  Will power is not in question here.  We need only walk (one’s bent or leaning) after the Spirit.  Let us just lean upon the one who dwells in us and He will produce the righteousness of the law of Christ through us.  This leaning is done by a personal intimate relationship with the one who lives in us.  No wonder David said of this higher law, “O how I love thy law”.  Robert Haldam, a Scottish Evangelist, said, “We see the Father assume the place of judge against His son, in order to become the Father of those who were His enemies.  The Father condemns the Son of His love, that He may absolve the children of wrath.”

 

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