“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
I woke up this morning and the electricity was already off. It never came back on all day, and so, sadly, the never-plan-ahead-Joy is without a post and has a house full of hungry people. I am dripping with sweat, and only have a moment, but I want to say a few words about this, my favorite chapter of this book.
When I first read this book last year, this chapter is the one that finally allowed it all to sink in. It was my AHA moment.
I knew it all in my head. Very well. But it had yet to sink way down into my heart, and fill and flood it. That’s what this chapter did. It took the gospel and sunk it down deep to my toes.
These two quotes were what spoke to my heart:
“He bore God’s wrath for every time when we knew we shouldn’t speak the way we were about to speak, but did it anyway. He received the righteous sentence for every unkind, lustful, selfish, wrathful, covetous, apathetic, vain, proud, dishonest, perverse thought, word, and deed that has ever proceeded from our hearts. The Father poured out all his wrath on His Son.” pg.70
Several of those adjectives describe me. That is what His blood paid for. My ugly, ugly sin.
And this quote makes me want to whoop and holler:
“Jesus’ perfect record has become ours. Because God has accredited or imputed Jesus’ perfect obedience to you, when God looks upon you, he sees you as a person who
- always does the things that are pleasing to him;
- is so focused on accomplishing his will and work that doing so is your daily food;
- doesn’t seek your own will but seeks his will instead;
- doesn’t seek to receive glory (praise, respect, worship) from others;
- has always kept all his commandments;
- lives in such a way that your life brings holiness to others;
- loves others and lays down your life on a consistent basis;
- lives in such a way that the people around you know that you love your heavenly Father more than anything else;
- seeks to obey every command so that righteousness will be fulfilled.
How about you? What are you learning? Please feel free to comment below or link up a post if you are a blogger. Next week we will study chapter 5 with Ruth at Grace Laced!