Free from Condemnation

Romans 8:1-2
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Cross References
Romans 1:16-17
Romans 3:21-5:21
Romans 7:23-25
Romans 8:4-11

Condemnation- an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable (culpable-deserving blame)

Paul is expressing the beginning of a new era. There is a new standard now in Jesus Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin or death. Our lives are no longer condemned to death because of sin, our sin has been condemned in the flesh and Jesus paid the penalty when He was crucified. It is no longer sin that dwells in us now, but it is the Spirit of Life that is living inside of us. If you read verses 4-11, you will find that there are ten references made to the Spirit.

This is the evidence that believers have to confirm that they have been set free from sin. The yoke of sin has been broken in their lives by the work of the Holy Spirit.

Law in both instances in the scripture means principle.

The law (the commandments given Israel, through Moses, on Mount Sinai), before Jesus, was governed and enforced by man. God's law, which was code for man to live an upright life, had evolved to being intertwined with man's interpretations and man's ideas of what is right and wrong. At this point in history, the scribes and Pharisees had implemented their personal beliefs into God's law. Needless to say, the law was corrupted by man.

If you read through the Old Testament, a lot of people were killed, by man and by God, because of their sinful actions. This was so because sin had to be atoned for by death. Now that Jesus has come, He is the final atonement for sin, through Him, we are no longer condemned under law when we sin, but now we are convicted by the Holy Spirit. Jesus has set us free from sin which leads to death. This is why it is written that Jesus gave His life as a ransom for many. His life has saved our lives from the wrath of sin, as long as we turn from sin and do not fall out of Grace. Our sins have been forgiven through Jesus Christ and are no longer remembered against us.

Isaiah 43:25
I-yes, I alone-will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. 

God boldly declares the mystery of His grace. Why He forgives His people is hard for our mortal minds to comprehend. We forgive people but we never forget what they have done. God does not remember what we have done, not for our sake, but for His. God's grace comes from deep within His own self, establishing a glorious display of His love for us.

Once you have asked God for forgiveness through Jesus Christ, your sins are gone, gone forever. That is what, I think, our minds cannot grasp. Because, we hold grudges and never forget things we have done and things others have done to us, we just cannot comprehend someone forgiving, net to mention forgetting, the sins we have been guilty of. We like to think that we need to hang on to the bad things we have done in our lives as a reminder, as punishment for those things. The Bible tells us that Jesus forgives and forgets, so we should be able to forgive ourselves and move on to become better people, being able to forgive others in the same manner that Jesus does. Repent of your sin, let it go, just as Christ has done.

Father I pray that you will bless us to become able to truly receive our forgiveness. Father give us a Christ like mind in regard to forgiveness, not just for ourselves, but for those who sin against us. Allow us to live knowing that we have been freed from condemnation and are led by the Spirit, which brings life, in our walk with you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


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