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No Condemnation

by Kerry Holton

Here is good news: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). What a wondrous blessing! Those who have entered into union with Christ stand uncondemned.

What does it mean to be in a position where there is "no condemnation"? It means that Christians have been freed from the effect of their sins. It is sin in a person's life which condemns, condemns him to death. Condemnation, then, is the result of man's sin (Romans 5:16, 18). The entire human race was tried for sin. The verdict was read: "Guilty," it said. The sentence was condemnation.

But Jesus died for sin and condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3). Through His act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men (Romans 8:3, 4). They have been spared from condemnation, for in Christ Jesus they have been set free from that which causes condemnation -- the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

Christians stand uncondemned. They have been acquitted of their sins. The verdict has been read, and it is "Not Guilty!" Rejoice, Christian! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, who are not walking after the flesh but according to the Spirit!

"My sin -- O the bliss of this
glorious thought --
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the
Cross and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord,
Praise the Lord, O my soul."
--- H. G. Spafford

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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