God Promises no Condemnation from our Past – Romans 8, by Ty Tamasaka
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-3 NIV
When he writes the letter to the church in Rome, Paul writes to people who are weary, broken down, defeated and overwhelmed. They trusted the Gospel to save them, but had problems trusting the Gospel to change them. Do you resonate with that? Maybe you can trust the Gospel to save you, but struggle with doubt that it can transform you. Maybe you’ve trusted that in Jesus Christ, you can be saved, but you struggle with trusting Him to radically change your life.
God promises no condemnation from our past.
There are two key topics in Romans 8:1-4. The law of God and the Spirit of God. We will learn throughout our study of Romans 8 that there is a critical difference in the law of God and the Spirit of God.
1 – The law of God.
When we live under the law of God it can detect sin, but it cannot defeat sin.
There is much to gain from the law of God. The law of God can guide us. It can teach us. It can instruct us. It can reveal God’s character to us. It sets a standard to following God. The downside of the law of God is that we cannot keep it. We can post the law of God on our refrigerator, turn it into bumper stickers, and make great commitments to keep the law, but in our flesh, we will fail. The problem with the law is that it does NOT give us the power or energy to live a life pleasing to God.
One of the great mistakes Christians make is relying on God’s grace to save us from sin, but we don’t rely on His grace to transform us. Instead, we look to God’s grace to save us and we look to the law to transform us and make us better. We think we must try harder and harder to get better and better. The downside of the law of God is that it doesn’t empower believers to live a life pleasing to God.
If you are burdened by your past, you may still be living under the law of God. If you live under the law, your sin is detected, but it has not yet been defeated.
2 – The Spirit of God.
When we live under the Spirit of God, He detects sin, AND defeats sin.
The Spirit is a key in Romans 8. God took care of our inability to keep the law by sending His own Son, Jesus Christ, that through Him, the law might be fulfilled. God knew the war could never be won, so He stepped in and won the battle for us. In Christ, God replaced the absolute best we could do, with the absolute best that He could do.
In Romans 8 alone, Paul mentions the Spirit nineteen times! The Spirit is the key to living a supernatural life in a natural world. The Spirit guides us, leads us, corrects us, convicts us, and frees us from the grip of condemnation. The key truth in Romans 8:1-4 is God promises no condemnation from our past. V. 1
Romans 8:1, might be one of the sweetest verses in all of the Bible for those of us who struggle with insecurity. It teaches that God has rescued us. For those of us who are haunted by failures in our past, Paul encourages there is no condemnation in Christ. For those of us who are fearful because of wrong choices we have made, we are reminded there is no condemnation in Christ.
Thankfully and mercifully, the Scripture does not say there is no condemnation for those who make no mistakes, for those who have no sins, or for those who have known no failures. The text is clear. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Warren Wiersbe points out in his commentary that based on the work of Jesus Christ, the law cannot claim you (v. 2). It cannot condemn you (v. 3). It cannot control you (v. 4). You cannot out-sin the proclamation and promise of God if you are in Christ. It is not because you are so good at being a Christian, but because you have a good and compassionate Savior in Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:1-4, offers great news for those who need to overcome insecurity from their past. It declares with confidence and assurance that followers of Jesus Christ are free from condemnation of the past!
Do you trust the Word of God? If you do, then receive the assurance that God promises no condemnation from your past.
God I thank You that Your grace is greater than my worst sin. Thank you Lord Jesus that in You, I am not condemned by my past. Forgive the many poor choices I have made and the sinful ways I have lived. Empower me to live faithful to You today. In the strong name of Jesus Christ, amen.
“The Christian has no reason to fear, but all reason to hope; for nothing can sever him from God’s love.” Romans 8: – nothing shall separate us”
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.