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A Wonderful Truth
from (arguably) the greatest chapter in the whole Bible.
If pressed for it, I would have to say Romans 8 is my favourite chapter in the entire Bible. I don’t think there is another chapter that so richly unpacks the glorious realities of our salvation in Christ (check it out for yourself!). Every verse is worth a month’s meditation! But due to a lack of space, I want to meditate with you on just one amazing truth, in the first verse.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus – Romans 8:1
Paul spends the first 3 chapters of his letter to the Christians in Rome explaining how we all have fallen short of what God made us for. Everyone of us has sinned against God – in our thoughts, our words, our deeds. We have rebelled against God, ignored him, rejected him, denied him – & the consequences of this, we are told, is condemnation. Justice demands the guilty be punished. We are guilty before God & therefore deserve His punishment.
Which is why Romans 8:1 is so incredible – Paul says: “There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus”! How is this wonderful reality possible? Well we see how in verse 3: “God [sent] his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering”. When Jesus died on the cross he was condemned for us so that we who trust in Him may go free. We can stand before the Creator of the universe knowing that this all-seeing, all-knowing God doesn’t condemn us because our debt has been paid, our punishment has been taken, our shame has been lifted – How? All by the blood of our Lord Jesus.
This is what makes the good news of Jesus SO GOOD! We can be right with God – and notice that wonderful word in verse 1 – “now”. We can have all our sins forgiven “now”. We can stand with blood-bought confidence awaiting the Great and final Judgement “now” when we are “in Christ”.
So, Christian, when you stumble in sin and beat yourself up over it, please remember this: In Christ Jesus, God does not condemn you, so neither should you (or anyone else) condemn yourself. You are covered by His amazing grace. Now while this grace is always there to catch us when we stumble and fall, it’s not a licence to sin, but a motivation to flee from every temptation into the arms of the Saviour, who died to save us.
Your Brother in Christ, Craig.