Thriving is not just about salvation, but a saved life moves forward in the process of sanctification in Christ Jesus. This means that the gospel forms part of the ‘starting line to finish line’ of our Christian life and not simply put off as just the start. Healthy growth then means that given the proper conditions, one’s life may then be called a “thriving” life.
In Romans 8:1-2 it reads, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Now means something new – something that is not of the past. The change that brought the now is Jesus. There are two types of law that are seen in this passage: the Law of the Spirit of Life or the Law of Sin & Death. So what’s the difference?
Take for example this analogy the Law of Drag & Gravity taking the place of the Law of Sin & Death while the Law of Thrust & Lift taking the place of the Law of the Spirit of Life. Now ask the question: can you fly? Or more appropriately ask this question: can airplanes fly? Yes, but how? Airplanes can fly even in the presence of drag & gravity because of thrust & lift. Our lives are thrust forward in Christ and we experience lift in Him as well.
“No Condemnation” doesn’t mean it’s a pardon. Remember that the punishment still had to come to pass for those who have put their faith in Christ. Christ being the one who had paid the cost in our behalf! What then shall our response be? The proper response then is conviction. We must not only be convicted of sin, but be convicted of righteousness as well. It’s not just about what you’re not supposed to do, but also what you ought to do. Condemnation is separation. Conviction has the opposite effect.
Thrust — Now since we are His children. God goes way beyond the Judge-Subject relationship! This is what makes us move forward. Have you tried jogging by yourself? Compare the experience when jogging with someone, or perhaps jogging with a friend? Now imagine yourself jogging with someone you love… that definitely changes the game.
Notes from “Thrive: Old or New”, part 3of4 of a message series about knowing more about the lasting effects of what Jesus did on the cross: a life of victory over our sin & living a full life according to God’s ways
Questions to think about: If you were to write a rule that the whole world gets to obey, what would it be and why?