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Skrevet af Jørn Nielsen   
Torsdag, 01. november 2018 09:07

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! Rom..8:1-2.

I shall never forget what a dramatic revelation it was to my bewildered soul when this liberating gospel came smilingly to me at a time when I was - to say it bluntly - fed up with unhealthy, legalistic bondage.  I remember it as if it were yesterday and not about 58 years ago.

The leader of our training camp in PA ("boot camp" it was called in those days) was a good man and is by now with the Lord in glory, but he taught that the struggle in Romans 7 with the cry for spiritual deliverance was the cry of an unsaved person who, convicted of sin, turned to Christ.

He rejected the belief that Paul was talking about a child of God in  bondage. He must take that stand, he felt, making sarcastic remarks about those who put all the blame on their "old nature" when sinning.  He didn´t believe that Christians have two natures, but only one new nature and taught that the new nature could sin and does sin.

However,  the Spirit in a desperate hour taught me the secret of true, spiritual freedom, revealed in a moment of flash, and I now saw that I had already "been brought from death to life" (Rom. 6:13) in Christ, and that I didn´t have to wait any longer for that.  The "law struggle" in Romans 7 was over and yet I  didn´t just "jump" from Rom. 7 into Rom. 8, for "the law of sin and death" is still there as a down dragging law of gravity.

But praise God, that law has been lifted by "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus", not by any ecstatic "second blessing" experience, but by looking with the eyes of faith to the risen Christ to see myself in Him, risen with Him and my old life crucified with Him at Calvary.

The conflict is still there, but so is our freedom in Christ with the gracious counter desires of His Spirit (Gal. 5:17).  O, let us stay on that gospel track!

Nov. 1, 2018

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