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]