The Shield of FavorJanuary 6, 2014
Matthew 5January 7, 2014
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 (NASB)
We have looked at this verse in many of our devotionals and it plays a prominent role in our study of Romans 8. The highlight here, however, is that this is yet another part of being in Christ.
I think we best describe being in Christ by the use of illustrations. Jesus gives us the best illustration in John 15. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5) We can see clearly that we are a share of Jesus. We all can see a large apple tree in the orchard. We see the trunk and the apples hanging on the branches. It’s all part of the same tree. When I was in high school in Ashland Oregon, one of my summer jobs was picking pears. The pears grew on the tall branches which required tall ladders to reach. Not once did I think that the pears were not really part of the tree. It was a pear tree. The fruit grows because of the tree. The fruit can’t grow by itself. That’s why Jesus said, “For without me ye can do nothing.”
Because we are in Christ God does not condemn us for our past sins and mistakes. That’s good news—that’s gospel. This is something we have to settle for the last time. Jesus took all your condemnation in His body on the Cross so that you would be free from all condemnation. You have been tried, and found guilty and condemned. However, Jesus stepped in and took your sentence upon Himself and set you free. You cannot go on trial again for the same crime. You are free from condemnation and no one can put you under condemnation again.
So put that on your list. Since you are in Christ, you are not under any condemnation for any sin or mistake you make, ever. As you are always in Christ, you are always free from condemnation.