No Condemnation in Christ – blog
Many of us can quote Romans 8:1. It is one of those delightful verses that teach us a very important Biblical truth that we would not know unless God revealed it to us through Paul. It says;
Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION
for those who are in Christ Jesus …
However, if that is true then why do so many of us who are living in sexual brokenness feel so much condemnation? That is because there is condemnation that others pour out on us and there is condemnation we pour out on ourselves. This statement of no condemnation is telling us that God no longer condemns us for our sins.
Condemnation at the time this was written had the meaning of pouring out judgment or to pronounce a sentence against someone. The image that many believers have of God is that He is still wanting to punish us for our sins. Many Christians still think that at the end of our lives God is going to call us to stand before Him and behind Him is the HUGE screen on which He is going to show everybody all the sins you have done in your life.
The problem I have with that is I cannot find that in the Bible. There is going to be a judgment that is called the Great White Throne Judgment as we are told in Revelation 20. However, everyone who stands at that judgment is those who have not believed in Christ and are subsequently thrown into the Lake of Fire. However, everyone whose name is written in the Book of Life is spared from all of that.
Now, there is a judgment for all who are saved and in Christ. Romans 14 says; “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. Paul also mentions this in greater detail in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15;
“If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”
This place or seat is called the Bema seat. It is not a place for punishment but a place to receive eternal rewards. Everything that we do for Christ in this life will earn a reward and is like gold, silver, and precious stones. Everything we do for ourselves will just be like wood, hay, or stubble. All of our works will be tested by fire and all our selfish works will be burned up, but we will be rewarded for what we have done for Christ.
Romans 8:1 is telling us that we will not receive any condemnation from Him if we are in Christ. No condemnation now and none in the future for those who are in Christ. There very well may be condemnation coming from others and even ourselves. However, there is not now nor ever will be condemnation coming from God for those in Christ.
Tomorrow I will go into the two places where condemnation does come from. But for today we should be thankful every day for this truth. The punishment for all of our sins from the past, the present, and the future has all been placed on Jesus as He hung on the cross and paid for the sins of the world.
What remains for us is the love, grace, and mercy of God from which we can never be separated. Each and every day we should rejoice and give thanks to God our Father and Jesus our Savior and Lord that we have been freed from the punishment our sins demanded and be filled with the Spirit so that we can walk in the Spirit and no longer fulfill the desires of the flesh.
Are you filled with the Spirit right now? I hope so because He is key to us being able to withstand the temptations of today.