Romans 8:1-11, No Condemnation
Romans 8: 1-11, No condemnation
In Romans 7, Paul cried out in desperation, “O what I wretched man that I am!” In Romans 7, the personal pronouns, I, me, and my, appeared 19 times. In Romans 8, the words, the Holy Spirit appeared 19 times. In Romans 8, Paul cried out in victory. “There is therefore now no condemnation this those who are in Christ’’.
V1 there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Paid in full:
In Christ, we have a new status, a new birth, a new family connection, and a new address. The words “in Christ” appeared 87 times in the New Testament mostly in the Pauline epistles. A Christian is in Christ, whereas a non-Christian is in Adam.
The Greek word for condemnation is “katakrima” which means penalty or punishment. No condemnation means that Christians will never face punishments for their sins because Christ already paid the penalty of sins. When Christ died on the cross, He said, it is finished. The Greek word for it is finished is “tetelastai’ which means paid in full. John 5: 24, NIV, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life’’.
VV 2-4, 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
There are two laws, the law of the Holy Spirit and the law of Moses. Christ did what we could not do. We could not keep the law of Moses, but Christ fulfilled the law of Moses on our behalf. God condemned sin in the flesh by sending Christ to die on the cross. We are free from the law of Moses when we are filled with the Holy Spirit and abide in Christ. The law of Moses is good but we cannot keep it because we are sinners. The law of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, superseded the law of Moses. Some scholars believed that the second part of verse 4, “who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit’’ is not in the original because older manuscripts did not have this.
V 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Christians do not live according to the flesh but according to the Holy Spirit. The flesh is dead but the Spirit is alive. Christians do not set their minds on the things of the flesh but on the things of the Holy Spirit. Christians live and act differently from non-Christian. Christians are to be Holy, set apart, and sanctified. Sanctification is the process of growing into spiritual maturity and holiness.
VV 6-11, 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Death or Life:
To be carnally minded is death and in enmity with God. To be spiritually minded is life and peace with God. A Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit. A non-Christian is not filled with the Holy Spirit. The resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit ensures victory over sin.
Heavenly Father, thank You that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ because the punishment for sin has been paid in full. Help us overcome the struggle with sin through the resurrection power of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and Your grace, in Jesus’ name, Amen.