There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
-Romans 8, 1-6
I’ve always liked laws. I grew up the child of a police officer, and was a relentless teacher’s pet in the classroom. I loved the feeling of superiority I would get from doing things “right” and thrived off praise earned from my day-to-day lawkeeping. “Being good” was something I always aspired to, and when two well-dressed young men showed up at my door to teach me how to behave even better, to be a God even; I guess that it’s no surprise that I was sold. Mormonism was lawkeeping on steroids, and I loved it. All I had to do to to go to the Celestial Kingdom and live with Heavenly Father was say some words and follow the rules? No problem. I always liked following the law.
But after some time, it became clear that even at my best, I was not a perfect lawkeeper. Forget perfect, I wasn’t even mediocre. Most days I killed myself trying to be what the Mormon church considered a “good person”, other days I just lied about being a good person. Eventually my life began to unravel from all the pretending and striving, and by the time I was 23 I was already divorced with fee friends and strained family relationships.
It was suddenly very clear that being lawful wasn’t within my capabilities.
As human beings we are wholly incapable of achieving the sinless perfection necessary to be saved from Hell. This is a reality of our nature, and has existed within our species since the beginning of time. Every single one of us is guilty of breaking God’s law, and none of us deserve a pardon for our crimes. At first glance, we don’t stand a chance for life past this one.
But God had a bigger plan for His people. Jesus Christ, God made flesh, came to earth as the substitutionary payment for our lawlessness. To live the life we couldn’t live and to die the death that we deserve. This is the beauty of the gospel; that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. And we are compelled by this truth to share the good news with others.
I plan on sharing more about the gospel, God, the Bible, theology, apologetics and more on this page.
I love Pinterest, but your Bible-verse pins don’t count as a Bible Study. Stop getting your Bible lessons from Pinterest
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Why should we study the Bible as often as possible? One of the many reasons is to protect yourself from wolves. Wolves not far
There’s plenty of grace to go around, even when you accidentally teach your preschooler a cuss word.
God cares about art, and so should we. Creative father, creative children
We worship an adoptive Father. The 27 year old adoptee
Either your thoughts become captive, or you become the captive.
The beauty of the phrase “but God”.
He is faithful always.
Are our lives luck? Coincidence? Or God’s sovereignty?