There Really is
For Those Who Are In Christ!
There is therefore now no condemnation to
those who are in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:1 NKJV
8:1 may be one of the most doubted verses in the Bible.
We can not fathom that there is nothing in us that Christ
condemns. Last time, we reviewed that when we became believers we knew that we
must receive Christ through FAITH by His GRACE or not at
all. We knew that we had nothing to offer Jesus but our
sinful self-centered selves and we prayed to exchange our
sinful self-life for His eternal life, receiving His
righteousness as a gift. Freely we have received. We
invited Jesus to live inside of us. Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 5:6,
8-10, 5:15-17, 6:6, 7:4, 7:25, 2 Cor:5:17, 2 Pet. 1:4
For by grace you have been
saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of
lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8-9 NKJV
We believed that Father God filled us a new divine nature
and we thought we would surely be able to keep
His law now. BUT we found out that even with our new divine
nature, we could not keep the law, do right, and
consistently keep from doing wrong. We discovered that
the purpose of our new nature is to
abide in Him, to know Him, to have communion and
to be one with Him. John 17
... He has granted to us
His precious and magnificent promises,
so that by them you may become partakers of the divine
2 Peter 1:4 NASU
even harder to believe is that Christ does not condemn us.
I had always read the KJV that
stressed there is no condemnation for those who walk not
after the flesh but after the Spirit. This fit well with
the theology that we are righteous if we walk the walk (vs.
we are made righteous because we are in Christ.) It fit that
theology well because it said who walk after the
Spirit vs. walk in the Spirit. Both of those
additions communicated to me that we are running after the
Spirit vs. resting when we are already filled with the
Spirit. So is it about what we do? or what Christ
did on the Cross?
There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:1 KJV
There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in
Rom 8:1 ASV
Which is right? Isn't the KJV always right? As I
read Romans 8:1 in Alfred Marshall's "Parallel New Testament
in Greek and English," I was shocked to find out that the
KJV was wrong. There is no condemnation solely because (now
that we have been born again) we are IN CHRIST. I also found
out that the true translation of Rom. 7:18 is that my
current problem is in my flesh (not my old unsaved nature as
the NIV and LB say.)
like plain beige melamine cups. We
are just RECEIVERS and RELEASERS, receiving Jesus
Christ, walking in Christ, filled with the righteousness of
Christ. We are releasers of Jesus Christ's righteousness
because Christ is in us and we are in Him.
OK, so we choose to believe that there is no condemnation in
Christ. Is this verse somehow only for those who
do right, earn God's approval and acceptance, have
exceptional self-effort or were already perfect enough to
please God? Could it really literally mean that there is no
condemnation just because we are born again in Christ. Is it
not important to walk the walk?
accuser of the brethren says you are still your old unsaved
nature. His goal is to convince us
that we are not a divine new nature but half the old unsaved
nature: nasty, filthy, selfish, shameful or at least off
course, out of tune with God and impotent to walk in the
Spirit. Satan says your old unsaved nature was NOT CRUCIFIED
with Christ, dead, buried and raised again with Christ as in
Romans 6. The Word says our flesh must be crucified daily
but it never says we still have our old unsaved nature -
that was crucified with Christ, dead, buried with Him in
baptism - so we could be raised again with Christ to newness
we abide in Him, do we realize we truly are not condemned!
We really are the receivers of His
righteousness - there is no condemnation. Our new nature is
totally suited to abide in Christ walking in His
righteousness. Dissatisfaction only comes when we revert to
our own works out of separated thinking instead of one in
Christ thinking. Our new nature will never be satisfied by
our own works again - whether they look good or bad. It can
only be satisfied in Christ.
desire in sending Jesus was to show us the key; being in
Christ. Nothing we can do will add
to being in Christ. As we receive God's Truth about who we
are, every area of our life begins to enjoy the benefits of
being one in Christ: not conflicted but complete, not
striving but abiding, not frustrated but full and not
anxious but abiding in His acceptance.
Have you got the revelation that in Christ, we contain all
that He is? If we abide in Him for hours, we will
only need minutes with men? Has being in Christ not only
replaced your works mentality but also your identity? Are
you full of His Spirit, His works, His life, His Truth and
"I am the vine, you are
the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him,
bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
John 15:5 NKJV
As we abide in Him, we are VERY fruitful - from our union
with Him. He doesn't condemn us; He lives His
life through us as we release Him to do it.
In Christ, we walk with integrity and honor, not
compromise and sin. He sees us as conforming to His image
not deformed by satan and sin. We are in tune with His will,
not conniving for our own will. In Him, our passion is to
know Him with a pure heart. We have His compassion for
others and even for ourselves. Everyday we rejoice because
we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
We trust Jesus that there is no condemnation and we are not
afraid if what is hidden in our hearts is
suddenly revealed. We are full of His light, His salt and
His life. We hope we will reap what we sow generously
in His love! We expect wonderful answers to our prayers
because He prayed those prayers through us with His faith.
We not only say we believe God's Word but we believe there
is therefore no condemnation because His Word is true, what
Jesus did on the Cross is sufficient and His Blood has not
lost it's power! Being in Christ is enough; He is our all in
All that is important about a cup is that
it is filled and
that it is willing to be poured out over and over.
Copy and print me. I will
be replaced by more living water.