Many can quote this verse easily. It is one of our go-to verses, and rightfully so, as battling condemnation is one of the biggest struggles we face in our attempt to live a righteous life.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
This is also found in one of the coolest chapters, most-known and loved, that Paul wrote to the church in Rome. There is so much meat in this chapter that you can spend days grazing and feeding your spirit, and still realize that you have only scratched the surface.
Be careful not to read Romans 8 without first reading Romans 7. I love grammar; English was definitely my favorite class. The word “therefore” found in the first verse of chapter 8 lets me know that it is connecting to something in the previous section. What is it? Actually, the previous chapter makes me feel a lot better about the struggle with the flesh, because it lets me know that even the apostle Paul wrestled with it, too.
He was human! He wanted to do what was right, but his flesh didn’t. He delighted in God’s law, but his flesh didn’t. He figured out that in himself, there is no victory over sin…but that didn’t mean that there was no victory at all.
“Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
The only way we can live with no condemnation is to live in Christ Jesus. The only way we can walk in victory is to walk in Christ Jesus. To live according to the Spirit does not mean to give in and do what our flesh wants—then just expect God to understand. He did understand that we are helpless without Him, so He came and gave us the opportunity to overcome!
There is no condemnation to those in Christ, but to those who choose to live their own way—condemnation remains. The way has been provided, and everyone has a choice. I choose freedom from sin’s grip. I choose freedom from guilt and condemnation. I choose Jesus.
Lord, I don’t want to dare to live according to what my flesh wants, then try to quote this verse to make myself feel better. Help me to live and walk in the Spirit, knowing that You are leading every decision. I don’t want to live my own way. Yours is perfect. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
John 3:16-21, 36