Andy Hollifield 5-16-17
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.
Isn’t it interesting that the word condemnation is in the bible 12 times all in the New Testament. The same place where the way out of condemnation is also presented in its final version. Oh, don’t get me wrong, he was found in types and shadows all throughout the Old Testament. Something I just noticed as I started looking at scripture to write this article, is the order the word is used in the scriptures. In Luke 23:40 the repentant thief realizes that by his deeds he is in condemnation. John 3:19 explains condemnation and it’s root cause, men love darkness because their deeds are evil. John 5:24 says that those that hear and believe won’t be condemned but live. Romans 5:16 says that sin came by one bringing judgment and condemnation, and the gift providing for forgiveness of many sins by God’s gift of 1 man unto justification. Romans 5:18 says that by one mans sin came judgment and condemnation so by one mans gift came life and justification. Kind of the same thing that 5;16 said. Romans 8:1 says that because of what Jesus did on the cross, there is now no more condemnation to those that have that free gift and follow Christ. That’s good ain’t it? Did you notice how many scriptures that was? It was 6 scriptures, the number of man. I didn’t take the time to write out all the scriptures for you but you can read them yourself.
Now all of that is just free nuggets. What I really want to get to is Romans 8:1. The Lord had me to look up that scripture as Eric Sams and his family were singing a song at Monday night prayer meeting that said, when Jesus hung condemned. God reminded me that I had preached about that Sunday out of John chapter 3. He also told me that I needed to look up the scripture “there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” I want to look at just a few important words in that one statement that jumped out at me. I have always believed that when you seen the word “therefore”, you need to back up and see what it is therefore. It is always referring to something that had took place or been talked about previously. Paul talked in the 7th chapter of Romans about the war between the Spirit and the flesh. He also talked about the victory we have in Christ by way of the Holy Ghost although he doesn’t mention him by name. If you look at John 3, you will also see that Jesus didn’t come to condemn us to begin with. Why? Because his work on the cross bought forgiveness for our sins. That is what the therefore is therefore and why there is no condemnation.
Moving on to another one “is”. Not that condemnation might be gone or sin might be forgiven, it IS gone. Now the next word goes with the “IS” and it is “now”. Not in ninety days or we will know for sure when Jesus comes if our sins are forgiven but our condemnation “IS NOW” gone! Not at a later time or depending on any circumstances but it is “NOW” gone. I like the next word just as good. It is “NO”. There “IS” not maybe but most definitely “THEREFORE”, because of his work on the cross, “NOW” immediately without fail “NO” condemnation. Get this “NO” that means not any. “NO” not even a little bit of condemnation. He didn’t forgive most of what had you condemned but he forgave all of your sin. You are no longer condemned. That means you can go free. When you go away “NOT GUILTY” you are justified. That means “just as if I’d never sinned”. Can you believe that? Just because some man I didn’t even know took the punishment for my sins that I was guilty of and died on a cross for all my sin, I can go free just as if I’d never sinned. “NO” condemnation and “NO” marks against my record because I received a full and complete pardon from him. He paid my debt for my sins that I could never have paid if I’d wanted to. Not only that, but he expunged every possible remembrance of it from the record and strikes from the record any mention of it. He has cast the record of it as far as the east is from the west and it will never, not at any time, never be remembered against me anymore. By the way, expunged means to strike or blot out; erase; obliterate. There is not even a slight indication that I ever had anything against me.
When Satan goes before God with accusations about me, God simply has no recollection of anything I have ever done. He has chosen to forget them. I may remember them and condemn myself but he has never once threw them up in my face or reminded me of them. Satan has many times but God never has and even would ask Satan the same questions he asked about Job. God would just tell Satan that I am a perfect and upright man who loves him and hates evil. That is all that God sees of me. He no longer sees my past and all my faults and failures because he has chosen to forget about them. A friend of mine, that had doubts about her salvation for years, told me a solution for getting peace settled in your heart. She said that God does not condemn he only convicts us of our sin. He then gives us a solution which is to give our heart to Christ and repent of our sins and accept his free gift of salvation. She said that the way to tell the difference between the Lord dealing with you and Satan harassing, is that Satan condemns. Satan will condemn you and not offer a solution or remedy. He just wants to keep reminding you of everything you have ever failed at and make it seem way worse than what it was. If he can make you doubt, it will render you useless for the most part until you get forgiveness.
I don’t know if this has helped you like it did me but just to know that there is therefore now no condemnation because I am in Christ Jesus and following after him is a great blessing. I hope you can find peace in this article. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 5-16-17