There is No Condemnation –

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Martha Jones and Charles Harvey participate in “Burgers and the Bible”

 

For the next few days I will be writing and meditating on the 8th Chapter of Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at 7 PM, if you are in the Detroit area, I invite you to join me for a backyard cookout at my home called, “burgers and the Bible where we will discuss chapter 8 of the Book of Romans.  If you need directions, please call the church at 313-831-2460 or email Henrietta Carson at hcarson@puccdetroit.org

Today we begin on the first verse:

Romans 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[1]

Condemnation is easy.  It is often tempting to cast a disparaging glance or comment at people who seem different.  Have you ever heard someone condemn the behavior of someone else?  Over the years I have heard people preach into the bowels of hell someone else who has committed an obvious mistake: the thief; the murderer; the liar; the people who sleep around with others outside their marriage; those who break the hearts of their parents; and much more.

Condemnation comes in at least three forms.  If you can think of something to add to my list, write me.  The following are three ways I see condemnation.  First, sometimes the roughest person on us is ourselves.  We sometimes condemn ourselves for the mistakes and sins we have committed.  A second wave of condemnation comes from others who cast stones and condemn people who seem to have made obvious mistakes.  Still, a third fear of condemnation is the fear that God might punish us eternally for our sins.

The central theme of Romans 8 is There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[2]

Why is there no condemnation for those “Who are in Christ Jesus?”  Because, Jesus has died for our sins and through his blood we are afforded salvation and eternal life.  This is not only a significant point, but it is mighty good news!  Why is this good news?  In the chapters leading up to the eight chapter, Paul pronounces that each of us is a sinner on some level or another.  He goes on to say that it is only the grace of God because of our faith that we can escape punishment for our sins. Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who believe in Jesus Christ!  This is the crux of our faith.  Jesus heals.  Jesus saves.  Jesus makes you and me brand new!

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. How do you think humans can escape the condemnation from God for the sins we have created?
  2. What does it look like to be, “In Christ Jesus”?

 

Prayer:

Lord, I pray today that you might free me from a sense of condemnation.  Free me from the guilt and shame of my sins and mistakes.  Pierce the hearts and attitudes of those who would condemn others who do not think, act or feel the same way they do.  Lord, I thank you for your promise that for those who believe in you, there is no condemnation.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus and grant us your salvation.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ro 8:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ro 8:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.