"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1). Let us look carefully at this verse of Scripture. 1. First we see the word "now" which refers to the state of the Christians in contrast to the state of the sinners. The state of the sinners, including those under the law, is shown in Romans 7. The conclusion of this chapter is that sinners are in a wretched condition and only Jesus Christ can deliver them (Rom. 7:24,25). 2. Second we see that there is "no condemnation" to a special group of people which are: A) those who are in Christ Jesus; and, B) those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. 3. Third we need to find how to get into Christ Jesus. The way into Christ is shown in Romans 6:3 and Galatians 3:27. When we read these verses we will find that baptism puts one into Christ. To have no condemnation we all must obey the precept that puts us into Jesus Christ. That's not just our opinion but what the Lord says about it. 4. Fourth to continue in the state of "no condemnation" we must walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. The Spirit shows us that certain things must be put off and certain things must be put on to be walking after the Spirit. In Colossians 3 the Spirit says we have to kill fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness. Also to put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language, and lying. The Spirit also shows that we have to put on mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forgiveness and love. The Spirit continues that the peace of God is to rule our hearts, and we are to be filled with the word of God. We are to teach and admonish one another, and do everything in the name of the Lord. Wives, husbands, children, fathers, and servants have certain obligations spelled out by the Holy Spirit. So to walk after the Spirit has a complete impact on the life of Christians. We must bring our lives into control and work really hard to carry out the commands of Christ as revealed by the Holy Spirit. "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." (Rom. 8:5). 5. People who do not change their lives after obeying the first principles of the gospel thinking that they cannot be lost are deceived. They either deceive themselves or others deceive them by giving them false hope. Living the Christian life requires a complete turn around from the sinful live one has lived before coming to the Lord. We are not saying that it is impossible to live the Christian life but it does take effort. 6. Christians have a new leader who is Jesus Christ. He overcame the world (John 16:33) and exhorts us to overcome the world (Romans 12:21; Revelation 2:7,17,11, 26; 3:5, 12, 21). We need to follow in the steps of Jesus. We have a leader who has given us the path in which to walk. He has shown us the way to have "no condemnation". 7. We have a new helper – the Holy Spirit – who influences and directs us through the word He has revealed. He says, "Let the word of God dwell in you richly" (Col. 3:16). When we let in the word of God we let sin out of our lives. We should be diligent students of the Bible ever learning the will of God with a desire to put it in practice. The New Testament is the glorious light of the gospel (2 Cor. 4:4). The Holy Spirit says, "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (I John 1:6,7). 8. Christians have the avenue of prayer which enlists the providential help of God in living the Christian life. We need to always pray and not faint (Lk. 18:1). 9. Christians have worship with other Christians where they are encouraged to love and good works in their lives. (Heb. 10:24, 25). We need to avail ourselves of every opportunity to worship in the Lord's appointed way. Realize the value of the Christian life and live faithful to the Lord so you will be in a state of "no condemnation".
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