What does the word condemnation bring to your mind? It is a word only used 18 times in the New Testament and it means to be declared guilty and deserving of punishment. It is a legal term used to describe the place in which one stands after they have been convicted as guilty of a crime or a sin.
This is a very important word when we think about our relationship with God and when thinking about the entire human race. We learn from the story of Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that they would die. Before eating it, they were in the garden of Eden, in an open and pure relationship with God and with one another, and everything was perfect…but then they ate the forbidden fruit.
At that point, sin and death entered the garden. They covered themselves with fig leaves because they were ashamed of their nakedness. They hid from God. Death became a reality because sin leads to death and God removed them from the garden after sacrificing some animals and clothed them.
So, by the action of Adam sin entered the world and brought death with it and every person ever born up until the present has died as a result…except Enoch and Elijah…but that is a story for another day. However, my point is we learn from Romans 5:16&18 that because of the fall every person ever born was in a state of condemnation while every person born-again is declared righteous…through faith in Christ.
To be born “in Adam” results in a universal condemnation of everyone in the human race. But to be born-again “in Christ” is to receive the forgiveness of all our sins because of the righteous action of Christ dying on the cross and taking the punishment for our sins upon Himself. And we are then given the gift of eternal life because of His righteousness.
And if you stuck with me and followed all of that congratulations…it is a complicated yet theologically accurate understanding which we find in Roman 5 where the word “condemnation” is found twice.
The first verse of Romans 8 is one we all need to memorize and remind ourselves every day. In light of the condemnation all of us are born with because we were “in Adam” it is critical for us to know what Romans 8:1 teaches us…
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation at all
for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Now let’s get practical. All of us after having been born-again into God’s family have had the condemnation of all our sins taken off of us. As we read in Colossians 2:13-14…
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
The reason there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ is because God has forgiven us…
“…all our trespasses,
canceling our record of debt
and nailing it to the cross!!!”
This is so important for us to believe by faith because it is stated so clearly in the Bible.
Imagine that there was a list of all the sins you have done, are doing, or ever will do on record and filed away under your name. This verse tells us that all of our “records of debt” or list of all our sins has been forgiven and our debts canceled because God has nailed it to the cross through the crucifixion of His Son…our Savior.
So, for all of us, it is a life-or-death decision we get to make every day. If we daily choose to do what God has commanded us to do, we can experience His life in us. We need to offer our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice daily. We need to ask the Spirit to fill us and influence us as we make decisions every day. We need to put on the full armor of God so that we can stand strong in the strength of His power and might to overcome demonic influences.
AND…see that is a big AND…we need to be living our Christian life out together in a community where we can tell the truth, receive help, and give help to one another. If you are not doing these things in response to the commands we have in the Bible you must ask yourself this question…
Do I really want to stop my sexual sins?
If the answer is yes…then you will do these biblical things we have been commanded to do. If we are not doing these things, then do not expect your sexual brokenness to go away. It will only take you deeper into sexual sin and you will lose the things in your life that you value the most.
Fifteen years and ten months ago my life of secret sexual sins was discovered. I told the truth to my wife and family and deeply wounded all of them. But by the Grace of God and my own dogged determination to put to death the deeds of my flesh…my marriage is strong and my children have forgiven me. It is not what I deserve…but is part of the grace of God and I am thankful every day that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Every day we all have this decision to make if we are going to experience growing freedom and no condemnation or continue doing what we know is killing us.
Please find yourself a community where you can receive the help and support you will need to grow in your recovery from sexual sin.