LESSON ONE

Verse 1

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

Last time we looked at Paul’s, the author of Romans, transformed life. So, we have confidence that Paul not only knows what he is talking about because the Holy Spirit has given him words to write, but also because he has lived it. Testimonies are powerful.

Let’s begin with verse 1.

Romans 8 is a summary of Romans 1-7, we will let Romans and Paul, from his other books, interpret Romans 8.

  1. According to Romans 5:1:

How are we justified?

Faith in whom?

What is the result of this justification?

How does Romans 5:1 relate to Romans 8:1?

Read Colossians 2:13-14.

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Imagine your favorite courtroom scene from your favorite lawyer TV show or John Grisham novel. The courtroom of God isn’t like that. He is the judge, prosecutor, and jury. In this courtroom there is only God, your accuser, yourself, and your lawyer.

Oh, and also, the law you have broken is God’s law. And the thing about it is — you are guilty.

Totally and completely guilty.

The Judge raps his gravel. All eyes on are him. But, it’s the prosecutor who speaks, “Judge, Bobbie Carnes is guilty of breaking all of your laws. You said if she broke one it was as if she had broken them all. She is a guilty sinner. Vile! Should receive the full punishment of the law! Death!

The Judge nods in agreement.

Now at this point, all your hope is gone. You have nothing to say in your defense. You stand there head down, waiting for the Judge to pronounce your sentence. But then, your lawyer, your advocate, your representative stands. He smiles at the Judge, points at you and says, “Judge, Father, (Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, your lawyer is the Judge’s Son.) She is not guilty. I took her punishment on the Cross. All of her sins”, He looks at the accuser, “were piled on me and I already absorbed all the wrath your holy law demands. Her sentence of death was paid by me and I will vouch for her. Please Father, set her free. Let her live. And also, Father, will you put on her record all the righteousness I possess? That way not only is her criminal record wiped clean, but it has all the goodness I have done written on it.”

The accuser is pulling his hair out and cursing because he knows what that means. If the Judge’s Son, sets you free, you are free indeed! And there is nothing the accuser can do about it.

The Judge bangs down his gravel again. “Acquitted!” He declares, smiling at His Son.

“Also, Father, may I take her home to live with us that where we are she may be also?”

“Yes, my Son! I will adopt her and be her Father, too.”

Bet you never saw a TV show like that before! But, what I have described is reality. It will happen and the outcome will be as I have described if your trust, hope and faith is in Jesus Christ as your Savior.

If not, the accuser will get his way and the outcome will be you are a lawbreaker with no defense. The outcome is eternal and spiritual death.

So, take a moment now and check over your spiritual criminal record. Is it wiped clean? Then thank Him. But, if it is indicting you as a breaker of God’s law, call upon the perfect lawyer, advocate, representative, redeemer, Jesus, to take care of it.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Based upon what we have discussed so far, who are the “those” and how did they get in Christ Jesus?

As a summary, read Romans 3:21-26 where Paul has already explained Romans 5:1 and Romans 8:1.

3. How do we know we are in Christ according to Romans 8:9-10? (Note: the Spirit, Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, and Christ are interchangeable. There are not three different Spirits, but only one Holy Spirit.)

Why are believers (those in Christ Jesus) not condemned?

The Gospel.

We were helpless to make ourselves good enough to be in God’s presence. So, God sent His Son who lived a perfect life, died the death we deserved, rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father, who forever more makes intercession for us.

Okay, but how does this flesh out in practicality for me?

Whatever is going on in your life, dear Christian sister, you are under NO condemnation. You are at peace with God. You are forgiven! Be free! Free to love Him and those around you. Free to laugh at your washer that won’t wash because the King of Glory has your back and is working all things out for your good. Freedom starts in your spirit and works its way out in your thoughts and actions.

Freedom is from Christ. He came to give you abundant life with or without a washer.

Next time Paul will clarify in verse 2 what he has said in verse 1. He wants to be sure we get the incredible truth of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, In Christ alone.

You are loved

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