Overcoming Insecurity – Romans 8, by Ty Tamasaka
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 NIV
The book of Romans is a letter of instruction and exhortation to the church in Rome giving Paul’s understanding of the Gospel and how to have a faith in God that translates into actions.
While I’d love to teach through the whole book of Romans, but here’s what we’ll need to know for now. Paul the Apostle had was a very strategic thinker and he neither founded the church in Rome, nor was it under his jurisdiction. Rome was a major city in Paul’s day and as a result, Paul desperately wanted to get to Rome to share the Gospel. His strategy was that if he could influence Rome – the major metropolitan city – with the message of Jesus, it would spread rapidly through the entire world.
Although Paul’s plan was strategic and brilliant, he was never able to get to the church. Rather than getting depressed because he was unable to get to the church in Rome, Paul picked up a pen and parchment and did what he could. He wrote.
Since he had never been to Rome, Paul was able to concentrate on life-changing, impacting, eternity changing theology. Romans is unlike his other letters, such as Philippians, Colossians, and Galatians where Paul addressed specific problems and personalities that were unique to the city which he wrote. The letter to the Romans was different. Paul wasn’t writing primarily to people he knew with situations he was familiar with, but he wrote to instruct on the essentials of the Gospel.
In Romans 8, we find a chapter where Paul speaks life to believers. He speaks of freedom in Christ. Paul taught that in Christ, believers could find freedom from condemnation, freedom from defeat, freedom from discouragement, and freedom from fear.
Romans 8 offers great hope for those who struggle with depression and insecurities. When someone is going through depression and struggles with insecurity, it is a result of one of three things. They are either haunted by something from their past, anxious about something in the future, or are overwhelmed by something in the present. Romans 8 provides answers to those struggles. In Romans 8 we find:
1 – A promise of no condemnation from the past.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a]free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1 NIV
2 – A promise that all things work together for good in the present.
“28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
3 – A promise of no separation from the love of God in the future.
“38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NIV
There you have it. Romans 8 begins by revealing in Christ, we have no condemnation for our past. In between, it reveals in Christ, there is no defeat for our present. It ends by revealing in Christ, there is no separation in our future.
Let’s explore the beauty and truth found in Romans 8, and discover the freedom we have in Christ.
Thank You Jesus for freedom in You. Freedom from condemnation, defeat, discouragement, and fear. Empower me Jesus to live in the power of Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.