Friday, May 17, 2013

Romans 8:1-2 - No condemnation

  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Rom. 8:1-2)
No Condemnation

What awesome verses! We deserve condemnation because we disobey God - no human has, is or will be perfect but God is perfect and his standard is perfection (Romans 3:23). He is also just and must punish sin. We deserve that punishment. Yet, instead of giving us what we deserved, Jesus, who is God, came into the world as a man. He suffered and died in our place, taking our sin and God's wrath for it. He was perfect and therefore if we are Christians he has taken our sin on himself.

If sin results in death (Romans 6:23) and Jesus rose again, then that means that sin was dealt with in full. We are forgiven! He rose again and proved that he truly did conquer sin. And if he has dealt with our sin then we have the sure hope of heaven, of eternal life - Jesus rose again and so shall we! If we are Christians, we are completely saved! Jesus has dealt with our sin and therefore we don't need to fear death or feel guilty. We don't have to worry - we can completely trust in him!

What if you're not a Christian

If you're not a Christian then this message isn't true for you. You still stand condemned because of sin. So how do you turn to Jesus? Repent and believe! Repentance involves turning ‘away’ from sin and ‘toward’ God. Belief or faith is genuine trust in Christ as the only way to be saved - not trusting in ourselves or our good works or anything in this world, but trusting that Jesus is God and he saves all who turn to him (Romans 10:9, Joel 2:32).

Once saved, the Holy Spirit ("the Spirit that gives life") is in us. He gives us life, sustains, grows and teaches us. Through Jesus we are set free from sin and spiritual death, from God's wrath and condemnation.

What does this mean in our lives?

Based on the above, even if our lives are falling apart and everything is going wrong, if we are Christians we can and should be joyful. We always have the sure and eternal hope and of eternal life in heaven with God where there will be no hardship (Revelations 21). We have reason to be joyful even if we are not happy! (Philippians 4:4). We have reason to praise God and to trust him. Don't be discouraged! Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith because he alone saves. We have reason to be joyful!

I was struggling through this when I wrote this post the first time and as I prayed about it my ipod lit up with an email from Bible Gateway. Here's the verse which came up:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:11-13)
We serve an awesome, loving, caring, kind, merciful, gracious and faithful God. A just and perfect God who cannot stand sin, but a God who was willing to send his son to die for us, taking our place so that we can be forgiven and experience his mercy and grace. We deserve only wrath, but in Jesus there is now no condemnation!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Nathanael Muscat is in his last year of high school. He was brought up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior as he was growing up. He started his blog, Only In Christ, about a year ago.

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