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No Condemnation...Romans 8
http://billrandles.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/in-the-likeness-of-sinful-flesh-romans-8/ ^ | 10-11-10 | Bill Randles

Posted on 11/17/2010 2:52:03 PM PST by pastorbillrandles

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.(Romans 8:1-4)

One thing I have always puzzled over is the “Therefore” of Romans 8:1, because it doesn’t seem to spring out of the teaching of Romans 7, with its teaching about the failure of the Law of God to sanctify us. What is the “Therefore” there for?

Martyn Lloyd Jones is helpful here in his masterful commentary on Romans, makes the helpful point that though,

“there is no natural connection there(with Romans 6-7),.The only natural connection for this statement …is fund at the end of chapter five, indeed the whole of chapter five.” (Jones,Martyn Lloyd Romans cha 7:1-8:4 ,pg 259 Banner of Truth).

Romans 6-7 is parenthesis to the teaching of the total adequacy of justification by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, as taught in Romans 3-5. Romans 6 addresses the problem of indwelling sin, positing that our sanctification is sure, by virtue of our being “in Christ”. Sin shall indeed not have dominion over us, not now nor ever!

Romans 7, explains the role of the Law of God, and why we had to be delivered of it as well. The Law is good and beautiful and Holy, but it cannot make us holy, it is a barren husband that cannot “bear fruit”unto God. We have died to it and are joined unto another, that is we are “In Christ” now, our sanctification is assured.

“Therefore”, because the Last Adam has out-done the first Adam in his effect upon humanity, there is no condemnation to those of us who are “in Christ”! Because we have died already with Jesus, we are not under any sort of condemnation, we have been justified before God!

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those of us who are in Christ Jesus.”

When? Now! Romans 8:1 is not an ideal status we seek to attain to some day in the future, it is nothing less than a present reality. Jesus has purchased a status for s that takes us out of al condemnation forever.Do you believe this?

We who are in Christ, cannot be condemned! we have been condemned already in the cross, in Jesus, and have passed out of condemnation. The conclusion of the chapter is just another way of stating what we have in verse 1, that there will not be anything that can ever separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Why is this true of us? Because when God justified us, He placed us also, “In Christ”. It is by our union with and in Christ that we have passed out of the condemnation, we inherited through our union with and in Adam.

How is it that there is therefore now no condemnation to us who are “In Christ”? By being set free from “the Law of Sin and death”, that is, from the Law of Moses which only aggravated indwelling sin, and always results in death, as the preceding 7 chapters of Romans has taught us.

“For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ has freed us from the law of sin and death”

What has liberated us from the law of sin and death? Something called the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. For us, the old principle of being ‘under law’, has been superseded by a new principle,that of receiving Life in Christ!

Accepting Jesus, is receiving Life, eternal life, in Jesus. Another name for it is grace. We are not condemned to the cycle of sin,law,condemnation and death by God’s law, we operate out of a new principle now, we have eternal Life! We are now in the reign of grace.

“For what the Law could not do,weak as it was in the flesh,God has done.”

We have already seen that though the Law is good, and moral, and true, and heavenly, it has limits, as far as our fallen race is concerned. The law cannot make us perfect, make us Holy, bring us to God, justify,nor sanctify us. The Law isn’t the answer, eternal life is.

The goal is the same, but the means are different. Those who seek by law to be either justified or sanctified, are doomed to frustration and defeat.In fact there is a curse of futility on the law.

But God has made a way for a new principle to operate within us, the principle of “life in Christ Jesus”. Freed from condemnation and allowed to develop in the wholesomeness of faith in Jesus and the gospel, “The righteousness of the Law is fulfilled in we who walk not in the flesh ,but in the Spirit”.

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TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: hell; paul; romans; sin

1 posted on 11/17/2010 2:52:10 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles
It's ironic that in today's world, those that are not up on their Bible Doctrine, want to extend GRACE to the nonbeliever and hang their LAWS on the believer's shoulders. Go figure.
2 posted on 11/17/2010 3:13:14 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: fish hawk

There is no Grace to nonbelievers. There is no Law. There is Christ risen.http://antinomianism-salvation.blogspot.com/


3 posted on 11/17/2010 6:38:26 PM PST by Benchim
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To: pastorbillrandles

Interesting thoughts.

I like to read without giving any consideration to the “chapters” which were added later for convenience, I think. They do help, though, when referring to particular verses...

...such as Romans 8:13. Kind of unclear since before had been all about grace; then, sounds like a certain amount of action is necessary: “if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”

I know we are saved by grace. A few scriptures can be somewhat unclear though.


4 posted on 11/17/2010 10:18:35 PM PST by Cedar
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