“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.” (Romans 8:1-2)
I have been in pastoral ministry for over 34 years and rarely does a week go by that Romans 8:1-2 is not quoted or taught. Paul has already taught us that we are justified and redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone – and that by the resurrected Christ. Paul reminds us not to let the old nature dominate our new life in Christ. That’s why we must yield our lives to the control of the Holy Spirit and make every part of our body available to Him.
And yet, as believers, we continue to struggle with our identity. So Paul wants us to know that even struggling Christians can have assurance. Even struggling believers can have confidence in their identity in Christ. We have been renewed through the new birth by trusting in Jesus Christ. So, when in the struggles of the new man in battling sin, we can take great comfort in knowing that the Holy Spirit is at work in us warring against our sin. And so Paul is telling us that even the struggling believer can be assured of salvation, even the struggling believer can be assured that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.
Paul says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Condemnation is a word meaning “penal servitude.” So freedom from condemnation means we are not servants to the penalty of our sin. The guilt and penalty of sin has been removed at the cross. Therefore, those who are “in Christ Jesus” do not live under the constant threat of judicial punishment by God. This is one of the greatest truths in the Bible.
When God justifies us, he pronounces a verdict of ‘not guilty’ over our life. Just last week, I shared with a grieving family in the midst of some of the greatest pain any person could ever be asked to bear that their son has stood before God and heard him say, “Not guilty.” And because we believe in the doctrine of the preservation of the saints (eternal security), we rejoice that our eternal standing is irreversible. There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.
Let that precious truth about your identity bring you comfort today.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)