THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION [1544b]

This should really be near the culmination of these theological expressions. I have a draft* on one about judgement, that if we exercised inner judgement on ourselves, then there would be no need of external judgement upon us, which is yet to come*.

This piece though, is more to the final point of it all, that God has removed condemnation from us, having been seen to have placed it on His Son.

If Jesus has been the sacrifice for sin, and borne condemnation for it, then that means we are freed of it.

God has certainly removed condemnation, in fact there never was condemnation from His point of view, only from OUR point of view. This sounds simplistic, and in the light of all the nonsense that is said about the matter by all and sundry, especially by those called “sects” and “cults”, many are led to believe that God’s way is unattainable, is too hard to achieve, is unrealistic, fanciful and fantasy.

The fact that people place conditions on God’s mercy and the results of it, shows their ignorance and captivity to darkness.

This is partly seen in the A.V. or ‘King James’ version of the bible, where it repeats a verse which then makes it seem that it is a condition or prerequisite to salvation, which then provides an excuse for those who do not want to accept the truth, which is that God has dealt with it all and it is believing this that frees us from inner captivity.

Romans 8 verse 1. “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus” NASB. Now this is not saying that you have to become a Christian, to have met some preconceived notion of acceptability before you can be free of condemnation, depending on what conditions have to be met according to some group or other. No, it means that “those who are in Christ Jesus” are simply those who have believed that He has taken away all condemnation, so that by believing this, they enter into the truth of it, which is that there is no condemnation. By this they become Christians, Christians simply being those who believe that condemnation for being of the natural human race, has been borne by Jesus, who joined us in this same condition, but who then overcame FOR US and then entered into eternal life, from where He has now gifted us all that He is and possesses, which includes the state of “no condemnation”.

NOW, we can refuse to enter into the truth of “no condemnation”, which means we will then be refusing to enter into the “kingdom of God”, which is what this means. If we do so though, we will bring condemnation down on us for refusing to believe that Jesus successfully bore it for us. We will be denying the sacrifice, denying the Son of God and God Himself.

The A.V. King James version has this to say, Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” You can see how this has appeared to place the condition of walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh, as a CONDITION of non-condemnation. Other versions do not say this. This appears to have been added from verse 4, whether accidentally or purposefully who knows. Someone may have thought it advisable to add this qualification to “non-condemnation” as a safeguard against ‘blanket’ non condemnation, (which is what I am saying) or it may have been someone copying the text late into the night by candlelight and jumping momentarily to the wrong place in their vision.

Certainly, the RESULT of non-condemnation (The result of the cross) is for people to then walk in that non-condemnation, having left the condemnation of law flesh sin death as in the old covenant, and entered into the state of non-condemnation, which is the necessary foundation for access into the “kingdom”.

Other versions render the no condemnation of verse 1 as being the state of “those who are in Christ Jesus”, but they are ‘there’ because of belief in Him and His no condemnation. Verse 2 continues “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death”. Verse 3 “FOR WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO…” [Because “the law” was the source of condemnation] weak as it was through the flesh, GOD DID…]

So when people put conditions on the sacrifice of Christ, they are preventing others from entering into the “kingdom of God”, as Jesus said somewhere. “You would not [did not?]enter yourselves, and you prevented others from entering”. Modern day Pharisees who are in darkness, do not want you entering into the kingdom of light, they want to hold you in shades of grey according to their particular doctrines.

God’s plan was to remove ALL BARRIERS to salvation so that man would then be truly free to CHOOSE for Himself, life or death. To reject God’s redemption in Jesus is to deny life and to choose death.

Why then will people be condemned at the end of time? BECAUSE they refused to leave their “condemnation” (condemned) (pre-Christ) state and accept the status of non condemnation that Jesus bought for us with His own life. It is freely given, we must freely receive. We receive it by BELIEVING it.

[Accepting no condemnation destroys the power of “the accuser” and frees us into the life of the Spirit]

[ Of course, the “no condemnation” of Romans chapter 8 is preceded by the “condemnation” of Romans chapter 7, where because of sin, we were condemned by the law. Romans 7 being pre-sacrifice and Romans 8 post sacrifice. Old covenant versus new covenant]

YOUR OBEDIENCE FROM THE HEART FREED YOU [1588]

Romans 6: Note that this is not obedience TO your MIND that frees you, but FROM the HEART. Many people are trying to live their lives from within their wrongly constructed concepts. They are attempting to mould their God in the image of their doctrines.

The message of the gospel is not addressed so much to the MIND, but to the HEART, because the mind will simply rationalise it into something that denies the required heart response so as to avoid the emotionality of it all. But it is the HEART that recognises the issues involved on the cross and responds accordingly. The heart recognises in the suffering of Jesus, its OWN suffering, and for the same reasons of love betrayed and injustice ‘winning’.

But then, the resurrection.

[Obeying the standard of teaching has become to many, simply obedience to that which they are being taught regardless of the truth of it, and so are ‘led astray by strange and different doctrines’.]

THE ABSENCE OF LIFE CONDEMNS US TO DEATH [1557a]

We live with the guilt of knowing we could have done better. We have a conscience which shouts to us of our guilt, our mediocrity, our compromise and our lack of action in the face of the knowledge that we could have thought and acted differently, and because we didn’t, people suffered.

It is this inner guilt which gives rise to conflict within us, which causes stress, because that which is right within us is in a struggle with that which is wrong within us. This inner stress is called “The wrath of God” and is due to knowing what is right to do, but not doing it. It is the knowledge of our track record which prevents us from doing what is right, because we know we are prone to do wrong, are locked into it by a record of ‘wrongness’, where opportunities to do right were missed, and opportunities to do wrong were fulfilled.

All this sets up inside us a pattern of thinking and doing which then exists as laws within us which further ingrain and perpetuate those patterns of thinking and doing. This is why “law brings wrath”, because the knowledge of what is right exposes the knowledge of that which is wrong, within us, that is of us, and is in reality, us. We sense and register this inner conflict as anger, “wrath”, which then becomes part of our negative makeup.

So we find this pattern of death within us, because it exposes us to the accusation that the pattern of life is NOT within us, and we bring down judgement on our own heads in this sense. We need no external judge, because we have this judgement already within us, and it is a harsh judgement indeed. On that last day when all is finished, even though Jesus said that He had already finished it but we would have none of it, it will not be the outer judge which condemns us, but the inner one who refused to allow God’s mercy to release us from this judgement. We become examples of this judgement by our very lives and what we become by refusing to accept that all judgement for sin fell on God’s Son. The last day will reveal it because we will all be resurrected, brought back to ‘life’, to see whether we have become a product of life or of death. We rise either as alive people or as dead people to the reality of either life forever with Him or death forever of ourselves.

Life is free, release from captivity was expensive, costly. ‘Living from ‘the flesh’ from the old nature was finished with on His cross, and the new way of life by the Spirit was begun. He himself took the judgement upon and in the body of His own Son, so we might recognise who He really is as love, forgiveness, peace and mercy, and leave our own old way of ‘life’ [which was the way of, captivity to, death] and freely join instead with Him and His Spirit of life which is the eternal nature. Only believe.

[The absence of life time condemns us to a lifetime of death]

THE ABSENCE OF LIFE CONDEMNS US TO DEATH [1557]

We live with the guilt of knowing we could have done better. We have a conscience which shouts to us of our guilt, our mediocrity, our compromise and our lack of action in the face of the knowledge that we could have thought and acted differently, and because we didn’t, people suffered.

It is this inner guilt which gives rise to conflict within us, which causes stress, because that which is right within us is in a struggle with that which is wrong within us. This inner stress is called “The wrath of God” and is due to knowing what is right to do, but not doing it. It is the knowledge of our track record which prevents us from doing what is right, because we know we are prone to do wrong, are locked into it by a record of ‘wrongness’, where opportunities to do right were missed, and opportunities to do wrong were fulfilled.

All this sets up inside us a pattern of thinking and doing which then exists as laws within us which further ingrain and perpetuate those patterns of thinking and doing. This is why “law brings wrath”, because the knowledge of what is right exposes the knowledge of that which is wrong, within us, that is of us, and is in reality, us. We sense and register this inner conflict as anger, “wrath”, which then becomes part of our negative makeup.

So we find this pattern of death within us, because it exposes us to the accusation that the pattern of life is NOT within us, and we bring down judgement on our own heads in this sense. We need no external judge, because we have this judgement already within us, and it is a harsh judgement indeed. On that last day when all is finished, even though Jesus said that He had already finished it but we would have none of it, it will not be the outer judge which condemns us, but the inner one who refused to allow God’s mercy to release us from this judgement. We become examples of this judgement by our very lives and what we become by refusing to accept that all judgement for sin fell on God’s Son. The last day will reveal it because we will all be resurrected, brought back to ‘life’, to see whether we have become a product of life or of death. We rise either as alive people or as dead people to the reality of either life forever with Him or death forever of ourselves.

Life is free, release from captivity was expensive, costly. ‘Living from ‘the flesh’ from the old nature was finished with on His cross, and the new way of life by the Spirit was begun. He himself took the judgement upon and in the body of His own Son, so we might recognise who He really is as love, forgiveness, peace and mercy, and leave our own old way of ‘life’ [which was the way of, captivity to, death] and freely join instead with Him and His Spirit of life which is the eternal nature. Only believe.

[The absence of life time condemns us to a lifetime of death]

CREATE (RECREATE) IN ME A CLEAN HEART [481d]

I think there are many people who are or have been regular church goers who are somewhat confused as to their condition in Christ. Having been subjected to the word and to sermons over many years, the ongoing recognition of the lack of perceived change in their lives has blinded them to the reality of what already is in place for them, if only they could see it.

Psalm 51 -10 was the old testament cry of David for purity of thought and for the assurance of his standing before God. But we are in the new testament where the answer to his dilemma has been supplied and fulfilled through Jesus. People who have gone to church for forty years may be overlooking the fact that their heart has indeed been cleansed by their acceptance of the son of God’s sacrifice on their behalf, and by the many words poured forth from the pulpit each Sunday.

The problem is that they fail to recognise that this clean heart is inside them and begging to take control of their lives. They seem to think that their lives are not their own if they do not continue to relate to the world from the structure of the mind, and they think that mind control is a necessary rationalisation of the need to present themselves to the world and those in the world.

Yet it is the heart that needs to be the controlling influence in their lives, and their heart needs to guide and express the ongoing relationship with Christ that it is capable of doing, and needs to do. Being subjected to preaching and teaching about freedom, while continuing to deny that freedom as the expression of love by that faith in their lives, compounds the complication of mediocrity and compromise and continues to blind them to the light they have received and which longs to express itself through them.

It is the submission to the cleansed heart which dwells somewhere inside them, that they are not complying with. It is in not recognising the inner cleansed heart that they deny themselves, and they deny those around them the opportunity to know who they really are, because true self is only realised once Christ has brought peace to their confused condition and the inner child is released to operate under the conditions intended by God.

It is refusing to operate from the cleansed heart as a complete entity in itself, and the failure to see that this cleansed heart is the only entity that will enable their fulfillment in this life and the next, that keeps them locked up in their mind of controlled thinking based on old ideas and legal structure. The cleansed heart is a gift from God, and it needs to be seen that this already exists, is already in place in those who believe. It is the confusion of “normal” living that places the life destroying requirement on them that they should conform to the “normality” of the old and seemingly comfortable way, that prevents their acceptance of the new creation that has been placed inside them by their exposure to Spirit and word.

THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION [1544a]

This should really be near the culmination of these theological expressions. I have a draft* on one about judgement, that if we exercised inner judgement on ourselves, then there would be no need of external judgement upon us, which is yet to come*.

This piece though, is more to the final point of it all, that God has removed condemnation from us, having been seen to have placed it on His Son.

If Jesus has been the sacrifice for sin, and borne condemnation for it, then that means we are freed of it.

God has certainly removed condemnation, in fact there never was condemnation from His point of view, only from OUR point of view. This sounds simplistic, and in the light of all the nonsense that is said about the matter by all and sundry, especially by those called “sects” and “cults”, many are led to believe that God’s way is unattainable, is too hard to achieve, is unrealistic, fanciful and fantasy.

The fact that people place conditions on God’s mercy and the results of it, shows their ignorance and captivity to darkness.

This is partly seen in the A.V. or ‘King James’ version of the bible, where it repeats a verse which then makes it seem that it is a condition or prerequisite to salvation, which then provides an excuse for those who do not want to accept the truth, which is that God has dealt with it all and it is believing this that frees us from inner captivity.

Romans 8 verse 1. “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus” NASB. Now this is not saying that you have to become a Christian, to have met some preconceived notion of acceptability before you can be free of condemnation, depending on what conditions have to be met according to some group or other. No, it means that “those who are in Christ Jesus” are simply those who have believed that He has taken away all condemnation, so that by believing this, they enter into the truth of it, which is that there is no condemnation. By this they become Christians, Christians simply being those who believe that condemnation for being of the natural human race, has been borne by Jesus, who joined us in this same condition, but who then overcame FOR US and then entered into eternal life, from where He has now gifted us all that He is and possesses, which includes the state of “no condemnation”.

NOW, we can refuse to enter into the truth of “no condemnation”, which means we will then be refusing to enter into the “kingdom of God”, which is what this means. If we do so though, we will bring condemnation down on us for refusing to believe that Jesus successfully bore it for us. We will be denying the sacrifice, denying the Son of God and God Himself.

The A.V. King James version has this to say, Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” You can see how this has appeared to place the condition of walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh, as a CONDITION of non-condemnation. Other versions do not say this. This appears to have been added from verse 4, whether accidentally or purposefully who knows. Someone may have thought it advisable to add this qualification to “non-condemnation” as a safeguard against ‘blanket’ non condemnation, (which is what I am saying) or it may have been someone copying the text late into the night by candlelight and jumping momentarily to the wrong place in their vision.

Certainly, the RESULT of non-condemnation (The result of the cross) is for people to then walk in that non-condemnation, having left the condemnation of law flesh sin death as in the old covenant, and entered into the state of non-condemnation, which is the necessary foundation for access into the “kingdom”.

Other versions render the no condemnation of verse 1 as being the state of “those who are in Christ Jesus”, but they are ‘there’ because of belief in Him and His no condemnation. Verse 2 continues “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death”. Verse 3 “FOR WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO…” [Because “the law” was the source of condemnation] weak as it was through the flesh, GOD DID…]

So when people put conditions on the sacrifice of Christ, they are preventing others from entering into the “kingdom of God”, as Jesus said somewhere. “You would not [did not?]enter yourselves, and you prevented others from entering”. Modern day Pharisees who are in darkness, do not want you entering into the kingdom of light, they want to hold you in shades of grey according to their particular doctrines.

God’s plan was to remove ALL BARRIERS to salvation so that man would then be truly free to CHOOSE for Himself, life or death. To reject God’s redemption in Jesus is to deny life and to choose death.

Why then will people be condemned at the end of time? BECAUSE they refused to leave their “condemnation” (condemned) (pre-Christ) state and accept the status of non condemnation that Jesus bought for us with His own life. It is freely given, we must freely receive. We receive it by BELIEVING it.

[Accepting no condemnation destroys the power of “the accuser” and frees us into the life of the Spirit]

[ Of course, the “no condemnation” of Romans chapter 8 is preceded by the “condemnation” of Romans chapter 7, where because of sin, we were condemned by the law. Romans 7 being pre-sacrifice and Romans 8 post sacrifice. Old covenant versus new covenant]

THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION [1544]

This should really be near the culmination of these theological expressions. I have a draft* on one about judgement, that if we exercised inner judgement on ourselves, then there would be no need of external judgement upon us, which is yet to come*.

This piece though, is more to the final point of it all, that God has removed condemnation from us, having been seen to have placed it on His Son.

If Jesus has been the sacrifice for sin, and borne condemnation for it, then that means we are freed of it.

God has certainly removed condemnation, in fact there never was condemnation from His point of view, only from OUR point of view. This sounds simplistic, and in the light of all the nonsense that is said about the matter by all and sundry, especially by those called “sects” and “cults”, many are led to believe that God’s way is unattainable, is too hard to achieve, is unrealistic, fanciful and fantasy.

The fact that people place conditions on God’s mercy and the results of it, shows their ignorance and captivity to darkness.

This is partly seen in the A.V. or ‘King James’ version of the bible, where it repeats a verse which then makes it seem that it is a condition or prerequisite to salvation, which then provides an excuse for those who do not want to accept the truth, which is that God has dealt with it all and it is believing this that frees us from inner captivity.

Romans 8 verse 1. “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus” NASB. Now this is not saying that you have to become a Christian, to have met some preconceived notion of acceptability before you can be free of condemnation, depending on what conditions have to be met by some group or other. No, it means that “those who are in Christ Jesus” are simply those who have believed that He has taken away all condemnation, so that by believing this, they enter into the truth of it, which is that there is no condemnation. By this they become Christians, Christians simply being those who believe that condemnation for being of the natural human race, has been borne by Jesus, who joined us in this same condition, but who then overcame FOR US and then entered into eternal life, from where He has now gifted us all that He is and possesses, which includes the state of “no condemnation”.

NOW, we can refuse to enter into the truth of “no condemnation”, which means we will then be refusing to enter into the “kingdom of God”, which is what this means. If we do so though, we will bring condemnation down on us for refusing to believe that Jesus successfully bore it for us. We will be denying the sacrifice, denying the Son of God and God Himself.

The A.V. King James version has this to say, Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” You can see how this has appeared to place the condition of walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh, as a CONDITION of non-condemnation. Other versions do not say this. This appears to have been added from verse 4, whether accidentally or purposefully who knows. Someone may have thought it advisable to add this qualification to “non-condemnation” as a safeguard against ‘blanket’ non condemnation, (which is what I am saying) or it may have been someone copying the text late into the night by candlelight and jumping momentarily to the wrong place in their vision.

Certainly, the RESULT of non-condemnation (The result of the cross) is for people to then walk in that non-condemnation, having left the condemnation of law flesh sin death as in the old covenant, and entered into the state of non-condemnation, which is the necessary foundation for access into the “kingdom”.

Other versions render the no condemnation of verse 1 as being the state of “those who are in Christ Jesus”, but they are ‘there’ because of belief in Him and His no condemnation. Verse 2 continues “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death”. Verse 3 “FOR WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO…” [Because “the law” was the source of condemnation] weak as it was through the flesh, GOD DID…]

So when people put conditions on the sacrifice of Christ, they are preventing others from entering into the “kingdom of God”, as Jesus said somewhere. “You would not [did not?]enter yourselves, and you prevented others from entering”. Modern day Pharisees who are in darkness, do not want you entering into the kingdom of light, they want to hold you in shades of grey according to their particular doctrines.

God’s plan was to remove ALL BARRIERS to salvation so that man would then be truly free to CHOOSE for Himself, life or death. To reject God’s redemption in Jesus is to deny life and to choose death.

Why then will people be condemned at the end of time? BECAUSE they refused to leave their “condemnation” (condemned) (pre-Christ) state and accept the status of non condemnation that Jesus bought for us with His own life. It is freely given, we must freely receive. We receive it by BELIEVING it.

[Accepting no condemnation destroys the power of “the accuser” and frees us into the life of the Spirit]

INNOCENT BEFORE GOD [864d]

At any moment of your life, no matter what you have done or think you have done to offend God, you are actually innocent in His sight. The two things here are what you are feeling, compared to what God is feeling.

You may be feeling guilty and feel all the things that may go with that, guilt, fear of judgement, whatever.

But God is feeling lovingly towards you, and having graciously already dealt with all sin in Jesus, only wants you to feel about yourself as HE does. Without condemnation, without guilt, and without fear of judgement.

The way that your feelings can agree with HIS feelings, is for you to agree with his removal of your sin through Jesus. When you agree with Him about your justification and liberation from condemnation, then you can also agree with Him about the free life he has provided for you by the resurrection of his son, who returns as the Spirit of life.

If however, you want to agree with your OWN feelings, and stay in the judgement and condemnation that they present to you, then you will remain in the truth of them as they exist from your perspective. And that perceived truth will be your ever existent reality.

God’s perspective is that He loves you and wants to see you free of your own faulty perspective of yourself*. To see that all sin death and guilt has been absorbed into the love of His Son, to free you from the sense of death that these things present, and to reject them and to accept His plan of life and liberation which is His already delivered release from these past matters, and that He keeps no record of wrongs, that they are only kept within our own conscience, which must be free of such so as to liberate us into life.

The suffering Jesus underwent was the suffering of our sin, Him being subjected to life in our kind of body which manifested earthly desires and temptations. It is the suffering from being isolated from God by our sin, and being separated from Him as Jesus was on the cross, so we now could be divorced from sin and married to Him, sin and guilt free, to serve what is right instead of what is wrong as we have done in the past.

[Love keeps no record of wrongs 1 Cor. 13-5][*It is true that you have sinned, but the greater truth is that he has forgiven you of them all, so you can come out of that state that causes sin (separation from God’s love) and then go forward confidently in his love]..

ALLOW (OLD) SELF TO BE KILLED BY LOVE, BEFORE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE [1510a]

When Jesus reappears, it will be the true self of the creation, love, appearing to remove all that is not of love, and to reveal all that IS of love.

If we have left our old selves, the selves of the natural creation, and joined ourselves with Jesus, then His appearance will be to rescue the new self from the old world. But if we are still in the old self, we will be destroyed along with that old world, as it is transformed into the new.

So we must be transformed before this happens, before this occurrence, and the bible is telling us this very thing. All that is about us that is of non-love, must be changed to love, to His nature instead of our own basic natures. We must become “partakers of the divine nature”.

Jesus exampled this, and even accomplished this for us, but unless we believe it, we cannot be changed into His image, we will retain our own, which will not, cannot, survive without Him. “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom”.

[“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”][“Their hearts were cleansed by faith”]

ALLOW (OLD) SELF TO BE KILLED BY LOVE, BEFORE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE [1510]

When Jesus reappears, it will be the true self of the creation, love, appearing to remove all that is not of love, and to reveal all that IS of love.

If we have left our old selves, the selves of the natural creation, and joined ourselves with Jesus, then His appearance will be to rescue the new self from the old world. But if we are still in the old self, we will be destroyed along with that old world, as it is transformed into the new.

So we must be transformed before this happens, before this occurrence, and the bible is telling us this very thing. All that is about us that is of non-love, must be changed to love, to His nature instead of our own basic natures. We must become “partakers of the divine nature”.

Jesus exampled this, and even accomplished this for us, but unless we believe it, we cannot be changed into His image, we will retain our own, which will not, cannot, survive without Him. “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom”.

[“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”][“Their hearts were cleansed by faith”]