Renewing Your Image
November 6, 2013
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November 8, 2013
Renewing Your Image
November 6, 2013
Nudgets
November 8, 2013

Understanding Condemnation – Part 3

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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)

For the believer now there is no condemnation.

Therefore “now.” Now is now. Tomorrow will be now tomorrow. We are always living in the now. Yesterday was now yesterday. This means now—right now. There are a number of Greek words translated “now.” This one is a primary particle of present time meaning now. He isn’t talking about the sweet bye and bye or when we all get to heaven. It’s now—today.

Now there is no condemnation. The Greek word for “no” has the idea of “no not one.” The law brings condemnation. Grace allows for no condemnation. This is one of the most important doctrines in the Bible. There is no condemnatory judgment. God has wiped your sins away and has granted you full pardon and forgiveness. You are not living under any condemnation. Never ever any condemnation. Don’t let anyone say differently. To do so would suggest the Cross was of no effect. Jesus paid the debt and removed the condemnation of the law.

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 Revised Version doesn’t put the phrase in their text. My Interlinear Greek-English New Testament does not have it in the text. The King James translators did not have access to all the manuscripts. Some believe this was a copying error from verse 4. Some people can’t believe there are problems with the King James Version and treat it as the most holy text. Yet it’s just a translation. Even if the phrase is there, then Romans 8:9 describes the ones who are “in the Spirit” as ones indwelt with the Spirit. In addition, the fact is also that God doesn’t condemn us ever.