Unlimited: Christ Condemned Sin
Dec 19, 2022 148
And so he condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3b).
How did Christ condemn sin in the flesh? In the first part of the verse we find the context. Christ didn’t condemn sin by living a perfect life. He condemned sin by dying a perfect death, in the flesh, as a sacrifice for us.
It is true that Jesus lived a perfect life. However his victory over sin, which condemns it to defeat for all who believe, happened at the Cross.
Throughout his life, as Jesus lived out a perfect obedience to his Heavenly Father, that was his own righteousness we saw, and not our own. It could not save us, because it wasn’t ours. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isa 64:6).
Christ condemned sin by dying a perfect death, in the flesh, as a sacrifice for us.
However, at the Cross, Christ condemned sin “in the flesh.” Why was it important that his victory over sin should happen in the flesh? Because in his role as our atoning sacrifice, Jesus was both humanity’s substitute and representative. Jesus sacrificially offered himself as the God-man, as the one who united divinity and humanity, heaven and earth.
Through his sacrificial death, sin was irrevocably condemned so that it can no longer condemn us and separate us from God. All who accept and believe in Jesus now stand perfectly righteous before God, with Christ’s own perfect righteousness credited to their account. His righteousness is now ours.
In Christ’s flesh, your sin was condemned, so that today you may be free of the shame of condemnation. I am sure that you will often need to remember this truth.