Condemned No More
Having just finished telling his reader that victory over sin is gained through Jesus Christ, we read these words in the beginning of Romans chapter 8: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans chapter 8 is in my opinion, one of the greatest chapters of the New Testament. Starting in June, I’ll be preaching a sermon series titled, “From Condemnation to Completion” which is based on Romans chapter 8. What I want to highlight this morning is the phrase, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”. It’s great news that the condemnation has been removed. But do we realize that to have condemnation removed must mean that there was condemnation in the first place? If there is “now” no condemnation that must mean that there used to be condemnation? The truth is that God’s condemnation rests upon every person who is not “in Christ Jesus”. Everyone is condemned. John writes about this in his gospel. Right after the most quoted verse, John 3:16, we read this: “18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Anyone who has not believed in the name of Jesus is condemned. Our sin condemns us. Receiving Jesus Christ as Savior is not only a matter of having the opportunity to live life on earth to the fullest; it is necessary to come out from under condemnation. Does this produce an urgency in you to share the gospel of Christ with those who do not know it? Do you realize that all those without Christ stand condemned and this condemnation will lead to eternal separation from God? This chapter is going to end with the glorious truth of completion in Jesus, the “finish line” if you will but in order to get to the finish line you need to understand where the starting line is. Romans 8:1 reminds us of where the starting line is.