We all know what it is to experience feelings of guilt or Condemnation. A common source of those feelings is a sense of or an acknowledgement of wrongdoing on our part.
Even as Christians, we blow it at times. This is not because we set out to do so but because although we are new creations in Christ we are not literally perfect. Though born again, we are yet clothed in sinful Flesh.
The on-going conflict between our spirit and our flesh guarantees us that we won’t always knock it out of the park for God. In fact, our behavior can make us feel like a complete failure at times. That’s when we tend to beat up on ourselves.
The more passionate we are for the Lord the more guilt we will feel when we disappoint ourselves.
It is that feeling of guilt or condemnation I want to focus on in this post. According to the Bible, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
This verse is written from God’s perspective. That is, He does not condemn us even when we fall short. We are the ones who are harboring feelings of condemnation (strong disapproval).
Why There Is No Condemnation
Paul the apostle addresses this subject in his letter to the church at Rome. There we find the basis of their being no condemnation for those in Christ:
1. Our spirit delights in pleasing God.
Let us remember that our inner being is where God focuses His attention (1 Samuel 16:7). That’s the part of us that became a new creation when we accepted Christ. Paul writes, “I delight in the law of God after the inward man” (Romans 7:22). In other words, at the very core of my being I take pleasure in the law of God.
The same thing became true about each of us after we accepted Christ as our Savior. We have a new heart, and God has put a new spirit in us, causing us to walk in the things He has ordained (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
2. God understands our human condition.
Paul also underscores the point that whenever he desires to do good evil is always present (Romans 7:21). He refers to this as the law of sin.
This is not to justify sin in our life. But every Christian knows the struggle that exists between his flesh and his spirit. Why is it so? Because when God changed our heart, He did not change the contrary nature of our flesh.
“I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members,” Paul continues (verse 23).
We may not summarize the war between our new heart and our sinful flesh the way Paul does in the preceding paragraph. In fact, some of you may have been taught that to be so transparent or honest is a negative confession. But I believe we all get the gist of what the apostle is saying.
3. God has sent His Son to condemn sin in the flesh.
The main point Paul the apostle is making in Romans 7 is that though we are born again, sin resides in the members of our flesh. Ironically, this sin is occasioned by the law of God. For it is when we purpose to obey God’s will that we awaken the power or the law of sin in the flesh.
As for me, I didn’t acknowledge this power of sin in the flesh before I accepted Christ. That’s because my flesh and spirit were one. They were partners in crimes against God and, hence, they did not oppose each other.
The good news is that God, knowing the law was good but that it was weak because of our flesh, has sent His Son to die on the cross for us. Thereby He has judged and, hence, condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3)!
In summary, God has changed our heart, and He has condemned sin in the flesh via His Son’s death. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
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