Monday, September 18, 2017
UV 2777/10000 No Condemnation
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8 v 1
As everyone has violated the law given through Moses, everyone is under condemnation. But in Christ Jesus, everyone who believes in Him and His sacrifice and resurrection are redeemed or freed from condemnation to death. We are blessed as our sins are covered by the shed blood of Jesus. It is no longer visible to the eye of the Lord. We now live not under the law but under grace. We are free from the law that binds life and death. This law states, “As one sows, so he reaps.” If we sow in the flesh, we reap in the flesh, if we sow in the spirit, we reap in the spirit. We do not live according to the dictates of the lust of our flesh but by the commandments of the Spirit.
The enemy of our souls holds us prisoner by accusing us of sin. We are weak and ineffectual when we are so accused and condemned. But Jesus sets us free from all guilt and condemnation. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. We are free from weakness, free from eternal death, free from eternal punishment. Our guilt is rolled away like the boulder at the cave of the grave of Jesus. We no longer need to condemn ourselves or punish ourselves out of a sense of guilt and repentance. Like the immoral woman caught in adultery, if Jesus, the sinless one does not accuse us, then how can anyone else accuse or condemn us.
We being no longer in bondage to sin, we are now free people, children of God. No tongue can condemn us. No finger can be pointed at us. It does not mean that we can do whatever pleases us but that we do whatever pleases the Lord. The prodigal son once he returned to his father’s house was no longer irresponsible and carefree. He was responsive, obedient, thankful and loving in his relationship with the Father. He no longer had the spirit of entitlement to ask for his share in the inheritance from the Father but was content with whatever the Father gave him. Likewise, at every step of our walk or our life hereafter, we ought to be sensitive to the Spirit, responsive to the leading of the Spirit, obedient to the Word, not taking grace for granted.
Prateep V Philip