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.
Romans 8:4 (NLT)
The above verse continues from Verse 3 which we have studied in the previous article. The “He” at the beginning of the above verse refers to God himself. Jesus was sent to die for our sins so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us. This means in God’s perspective, we Christians have satisfied the requirement of the law just by believing in Jesus alone. We don’t have to consciously obey the Law in order to satisfy its requirement. As far as God is concern, we have passed the Law and are holy through faith alone.
The subsequent part of the above verse tells us that this privilege is for those who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. This is another way of describing Christians. As we have learned in the previous article, sin has no more power over us. We no longer bound to follow it. We are free to choose who we want to follow. We have chosen to follow the Spirit.
Please note that the above has nothing to do with any form of threats nor blackmails. We are not forced to not follow our sinful nature and follow the Spirit. We do it willingly. So, there is no religion here. Therefore the idea that Christians must not sin and must obey God is nothing more than a lie from the pit of hell. As Christians, we choose willingly not to sin and to follow God.
Let me elaborate further in the issue of not following the sinful nature and follow God.
When sinners sin, they are doing what is natural to them. Stopping sinners from sinner is like stopping a dog from barking. Sinners have no choice but to follow their sinful nature. It is natural for them. However, when this sinner believed in Jesus as his savior, sin has no more power in him. Jesus has destroyed the power of sin in his life. This sinner has become a saint.
The nature of saints is holiness. It is natural for us, saints to obey God. However, this does not mean saints cannot commit any sin. When a saint sins, he is doing something that is not his nature. He will not be able to enjoy them as he used to when he was a sinner. God’s solution is not to threaten him into holiness. He is already holy. God’s way is to remind him that he does not has to sin anymore, just like the way he did it in Romans 8:1-4. Thus, if you ever face problems relating to sin, just remember that God is on your side against your sins. God will never be against us for our sins.
This is the privilege of being Christians.