“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit” – Romans 8:1
LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot be condemned.
The believer in Christ has no condemnation for him; this is a fact every believer must comprehend. The word “condemnation” from our text was translated from the Greek word “katakrima”. The word “katakrima” implies a damnatory statement. Thus, the believer in Christ has no damnatory statement. However, in the context of this statement (as you read the previous chapter and the context of chapter 8), you will discover that Paul was talking in reference to the law (the law of sin and death which is the Law of Moses).
Thus, the condemnation which was from the law can no more accrue to the believer because the believer is not under the law but under grace. Thus, faith in Christ is freedom from the law, the condemnation under the law and its attendant punishment. Therefore, we can safely say that condemnation is under the Law of Moses. The law condemns, it finds fault. Man could not meet the demands of the law; hence, it condemned man and showed man his incapability. But Jesus came and delivered us from the curse of the law, this is what Paul echoed in his letter to the Galatians’ church which reads “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree”. He redeemed us from the curse of the law and in doing this; He became a curse for us. The curse of the law is sin. So Christ redeemed us from sin and in doing this, He became sin for us (He took our place). Christ was judged for us, He was condemned for us and when He rose from the death, the gift of no condemnation is given to the believer at the point of identification with him.
You are in Christ, you are not condemned, and the law cannot condemn you because you are not under the law, Satan cannot condemn you because he has no moral right, and neither does he have any legal right. No wonder Paul in the context of the same chapter makes an essential statement in verse 34 which reads, “who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that dies; yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”. Thus, Paul in verse 34 further affirms that there is no condemnation for the believer in Christ. What is the basis for this? The sacrifice of Jesus. Thus, faith in the sacrifice of Jesus frees a man from condemnation. You are redeemed, you are not condemned. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: You have the gift of no condemnation. Be conscious of it.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for making me who I am by your grace. I stand secured in your life. There is no condemnation where I am because I am in Christ and in Christ I have this free gift of no condemnation, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The believer is not the condemned, the believer is the redeemed.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3