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. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1-4 (NIV)
Read: Romans 8
Consider: Many Christians do not live as if they are forgiven. Many live with guilt for past events, yet the truth is that once a person has accepted Christ as their Saviour they are forgiven and God sees them through the lens of Christ. In Romans 8, Paul uses the words ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus …’ Notice the word ‘Therefore’; this means that what Paul is about to conclude is based upon the evidence that he has set out and argued throughout chapters 1-7. Take time to read these chapters as they will give you a better understanding of chapter 8.
Next notice the word ‘now’. This means that God’s forgiveness is a reality for us today, here and now, wherever we are.
Next notice the word ‘because’. Paul doesn’t stop his discussion by telling us there is now no condemnation in Christ, he go on to tell us how this has been achieved. We can know no condemnation today ‘… because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death’.
Don’t misunderstand Paul. Living in the knowledge of your forgiveness doesn’t mean that you can live a sinless life. If you are in any doubt, read Romans 7:14-25 and you will see Paul’s acknowledgement of how sin still creeps into a believer’s life. Our desire must be to live life in as Christlike a manner as possible. This means consciously turning your back on sin and resisting temptation when it arises. Thankfully we don’t do this in our own strength, but in God’s strength.
Pray: Father, may we have a deep assurance of our faith, knowing that in Christ we have been set free from sin and its consequences. Help us to live in the light of the knowledge that in Christ there is now no condemnation. Amen