"The Freedom Faith Brings"
By James Merritt
1. Let me give you a name: Sir Edmund Hillary. Does that name ring a bell? Probably not unless you are either a history buff or a mountain climber. For after thirty-two years of failed expeditions, eleven fatalities, and untold numbers of cases of frostbite, freezing, and frustration, on May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary became the first human being in the history of the world to stand atop the peak of the highest mountain on earth - Mount Everest.
2. Mount Everest is the highest point on earth, rising 29,032 feet into the air, a height of almost 5 1/2 miles. You can scarcely imagine the thrill, the exhilaration, and the joy that Hillary must have felt as he took the last step onto the precipice of that mountain, knowing that he was as high as anyone would ever be on this earth.
3. Theologically speaking, I believe the Apostle Paul must have felt the same exhilaration, the same thrill, and the same joy when he wrote the eighth chapter of Romans. This chapter is considered by many to be the Mount Everest of the Bible. Romans 8:1 is considered to be the top of the mountain. For this single verse is where Paul has been leading us to from the very first verse of the very first chapter. You could take the entire weight of the Bible and balance it on this one sentence.
4. This chapter could be divided into three parts. In the beginning we are told that there is a loss of condemnation. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." (v.1) At the end we are told that there is a lack of separation. "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (vv.38-39) ...
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