The Navigators – Jerry Bridges – Holiness Day by Day Devotional – Our Only Safe Response

Today’s Scripture: Romans 8:15

“You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons.”

Paul told us that God sent his Son “to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4-5, NIV).

This “full rights of sons” is a reference to the status of sons who have become full-grown young adults. We’ve not only been redeemed from a cell on death row but also brought into God’s family as fully adopted sons, with all the privileges included in that status.

All this is set against the dark background of the curse of the law for any disobedience, which, of course, affects us all. Just as the diamonds on a jeweler’s counter shine more brilliantly when set upon a dark velvet pad, so Christ’s redemptive work shines more brilliantly when contrasted with our sin and the consequent curse that was upon us.

The fact is, however, that even as believers we continue to sin even though we are no longer under its dominion. And when we sin—and even our best deeds are stained with sin—we do that which apart from Christ would call down God’s curse upon us. Our consciences know that, and they will continually bring accusations against us. Our only safe response is to plead guilty to those accusations without trying to minimize them.

Having done that, we must go back to the Gospel and remind ourselves that the curse of the law no longer has a claim against us. And then in grateful response to what God has done for us in Christ, we set ourselves to put to death by the power of the spirit those very sins of which our consciences condemn us. Only in this way can we continually glory in the cross and enjoy the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Excerpt taken from The Gospel for Real Life)

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