“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: In Christ, there is no condemnation.
One of the greatest realities a believer has in Christ is the gift of no condemnation. The gift of no condemnation can also be referred to as the gift of righteousness because righteousness means I am guiltless, I am blameless, I am not condemned or there is no prejudice or inferiority complex where I am in Christ. So, the gift of no condemnation which is the gift of righteousness is not conditioned on performance, but it is by faith in Christ. That said, one might assume that Paul’s discussion in Romans 8:1 was conditioned on performance because of the state, “who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit”. That is, the believer in Christ is not condemned because he is not walking after the flesh but after the spirit, so as long as the believer is walking after the flesh, he is condemned. However, this is wrong because the statement, “who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit” is not in the original translation; that is, it was added by translators. So, no condemnation there for the believer in Christ is not conditional. As you read the entire context of Romans chapter 8, you will discover that “the flesh” and “the spirit” used by Paul in this chapter were to describe two humanities: first is the humanity of men without Christ, men not indwelt by the spirit, the unbelievers. Second, “the spirit” was used by him to refer to the humanity of men in Christ; men indwelt by the spirit, the born again.
Thus, subjecting the statement “who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit” (which was added by translators) to the context of chapter 8, it could infer that “who walk not after the flesh” is not in reference to the believer because the believer is in the spirit and thus walks after the spirit.
Therefore, Romans 8:1 was not conditioned on performance. For further clarity, observe John’s synoptic gospel with reference to this subject: John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God”. From the above text, what separates those who are condemned from those who are not condemned? The answer is believe; that is, faith in Christ Jesus. Faith in Christ draws the dichotomy between those who are condemned from those who are not condemned. Thus, the one who is condemned is the one who has refused to believe in the finished work of Christ, while the one who is not condemned is the one who has believed in the finished work of Christ. So, what separates “the condemned” from the ones that are “not condemned” is faith in Christ. Thus, we can rightly say that when a man arrives in Christ, there is no condemnation for him. The believer in Christ has received the free gift of no condemnation. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: You are the redeemed not the condemned. Think about this.
Prayer: Thank you Father for the gift of no condemnation which I have in Christ Jesus. I declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, in Jesus Name, Amen!
QUOTE: The gift of no condemnation is a reality in redemption.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16