"The righteous shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17)





"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"

Romans8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1 starts by the word "therefore". Originally the book of Romans was one letter that was not separated by chapters and verses. So, we need to read this part with chapter 7. In the latter part of chapter 7, there is the grievance, suffering and serious division in those who already are saved. Paul describes the reality of believers in the process of sanctification, and there is a severe battle inside. 

Apostle Paul proclaims, however, that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans8:1). Sometimes we lose grace and fall into self-righteousness. Sometimes we live in anxiety and fear for condemnation. To those who have that "melancholy, complaint, and conflict," and to those who are "sin-remaining, disturbing, and vexing," the answer  is "in Christ Jesus," Paul  speaks. 

How can we then be in Christ? In John 15, it says "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." It describes the unity of love. Through the love which our Lord has shown to us (1 John 4:19), we can know the love of Father God fully by remaining in Jesus. 

It is Christ Jesus that gives us the true freedom from sin and fear of condemnation. And this is possible when we are in Jesus Christ, and when the Spirit lives in us. Assuredly and through this way, the Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies, and God brings us to his glorious sonship from our previous ways in darkness and misery. 

References: 1) Matthew Henry’s Commentary, 2) Douglas J. Moo, Encountering the Book of Romans, 3) Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans, An Exposition of Chapter 1, The Gospel of God.



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