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.

Romans 8:1

Sweeter words to any Christian cannot be found than in Romans 8:1…”There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” It is more than just a breath of fresh air; it is the sudden realization that where I was, a sinner condemned to eternal damnation, I am now “in Christ Jesus”, and that places me in a position of righteousness before God. I have been “born” into His family and that cannot be changed, I cannot be unborn!

Additional information in that passage indicates that I was under condemnation by the Law established by God. It was like a mirror reflecting each and every sin that I had ever committed – the reason being that those were the things relating to the flesh. I had batted zero.

God sent His Son Jesus, in the flesh, as an offering for sin. “He condemned sin in the flesh so that the requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” The picture is vivid, I am no longer under the old law, but under a new law – that of the Spirit, and am therefore under a spiritual law, one of “life and peace”.

This transaction placed me “in Christ Jesus”. He has forgiven my past, He has forgiven my present, and He has forgiven my future. While I may falter in my walk and break my fellowship, it is impossible to lose my relationship; I remain His child. I am a spiritual child of the KING.

No condemnation because of regeneration. It is now a matter of sanctification. Hence, I leave behind my past and move from day to day in a more mature relationship. It becomes a matter of the “filial” association.

What sweet words and a wondrous truth… No Condemnation.

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