Psalm 119 – Part 7B
August 2, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 8A
August 4, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 7B
August 2, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 8A
August 4, 2013

No Condemnation To The Ones In Christ

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennesee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

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

Which of us are under no condemnation? The ones who are “in Christ.” “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30) The finished work of Jesus put us in right standing with God. He removed any condemnation placed on us by debt of the law.

Some pastors will always add the last phrase to bring condemnation on us. There is major evidence that the last phrase is not actually in this verse. It isn’t in the oldest manuscripts. The King James translators did not have access to all the manuscripts. The Revised Version doesn’t put the phrase in their text. Some believe this was a copying error from verse 4. My Interlinear Greek-English New Testament does not have it in the text. Even if the phrase is there, then Romans 8:9 describes the ones who are in the Spirit as ones who the Spirit dwells in. (We will eventually get to that verse in our study of Romans 8).

If we see the last phrase of walking in the flesh as not fulfilling all the law, then we are back under the law. Then we are back to believing we are always under God’s scrutiny, where He’s always standing over us with a ball bat to judge us. We are no better than those under the law.

There is no condemnation for those “in Christ.” That’s a positional place, “that glorious place God has given the believer.” The Greek word “en” means a primary preposition denoting fixed position. There are no questions. You are either “in” or not. You’re “in” by grace through faith. When you’re “in” there is no more condemnation from God ever or can there ever be. Any condemnation you feel comes from Satan or yourself. It does not come from God. He sees you “in Christ.” When He looks at you, He sees Jesus.