You Are Not Condemned
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
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How many of you have condemned yourself for something you’ve done? All hands are up. I don’t have to see through your webcam to know that.
This is one of those scriptures that used to scare me when I read it. Why? Because I thought the scripture was saying I was under condemnation (an adverse sentence) because I let my flesh get the best of me sometimes. Okay. Maybe a little more than sometimes. If there was some huge scale in the sky that weighed my “flesh walk” against my “spirit walk” it did a lot of teetering.
But we all give into the flesh, don’t we? Is there someone out there who doesn’t? I’d like to meet that person.
I have met that person—Jesus.
He’s the only one who walked on this earth and never sinned.
Back to Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no adverse sentence if you are in Christ Jesus.
Does the Holy Spirit stop dwelling in us when we do wrong? Is He in us one day and out the next?
But when am I in Christ Jesus? When I’m being really good? Does that mean I’m out of Christ Jesus if I’m being bad? That’s scary.
It helps to know what in means.
Oh, the power of a two-letter word. Remember a certain president’s equivocation about what the definition of is is?
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I love this definition! There is therefore now no condemnation to those who have a fixed position, a relation of rest in Christ Jesus.
If we are in Christ, God cannot condemn us. So why do we condemn ourselves? That relation of rest comes from knowing we have a fixed position in Christ. What peace!
But what about the rest of that scripture—who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit?
Doesn’t that put us right back to that up and down, in and out mentality?
Verse 9 helps to clarify.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
So, this scripture is saying we are not in the flesh if the Spirit of God dwells in us.
The flesh is not our fixed position . That doesn’t mean we don’t yield to our fleshly desires, but that’s not our position. Does the Holy Spirit stop dwelling in us when we do wrong? Is He in us one day and out the next?
Where is our fixed position? In the flesh—or in Christ? It can’t be both ways, or it’s not fixed.
Do you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you? If you do, it’s because you received Him when you accepted Christ. If you don’t, then it doesn’t matter how often you go to church or how many good deeds you do. You cannot earn it.
Does the Spirit of God leave us because we do wrong? I don’t think so. I think that’s when He is most active in our lives. He draws us to Himself. He reveals Christ to us.
Having a fixed position of rest in Christ, doesn’t make me want to take advantage of it and go out and rob a bank. It makes me love Him all the more. It fills me with awe at the grace of a mighty God.
I still fail Him. A lot. But my heart is always toward Him, even when I’m heading down the wrong path. And He doesn’t abandon me.
He doesn’t keep me from the natural consequences of my sins, just like a good parent doesn’t keep a child from the consequences of his disobedience. But His eye is always on me, and He only allows what is best for me.
Be encouraged. You are in Christ. He does not condemn you.
Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins, so I could be in You. Help me to remember that you paid the price of my admission. I love you Jesus.
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