Romans 8:1-4 (NLT)
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
The apostle says there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus. He has given life over death to those who believe in Him. Unable to do so ourselves because of our weak sinful nature, we could not fulfill The Law of Moses. So God provided His son as the final sacrifice that the requirements of the law might be fulfilled.
When Christ comes into our lives we are given the desire to please God; for Christ also wanted to please the Father. Philippians 2:8 says, “he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Christ who was obedient even unto death lives inside the heart of the Christian calling them closer to the Father. It is no wonder those who take their Christian walk seriously feel the struggle taking place inside them. Their old sinful nature is at odds with the Spirit and for some it becomes overwhelming. They desire so much to please God, but they also see their own failures and Satan takes advantage of that to attack those feelings and destroy their self-image as a Christian. Galatians 5:17 says, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” But we have to remember what Romans 8:1 said, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ.” We may want to condemn ourselves for our sinful nature, but God has already forgiven us. There is no condemnation so we need to learn not to let Satan grab a foothold and trick us into believing we are condemned.