My Journey through Romans 8

No Condemnation – A Pardoning of the Lord?

Let me begin by sharing a few scriptures that speak about condemnation. I’ll start with the three most important verses (KJV) first to give us the Root that oversees the act of condemnation.

John 3:17- For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18- He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 12:47-48- And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
  • 1 John 3:20- For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
  • James 5:12- But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
  • Psalm 103:12-As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
  • Isaiah 55:7-Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

In Romans 8:1, we will find three (3) requirements necessary for Believers to receive “no condemnation”: (1) one must be in Christ Jesus, (2) one must not walk after the flesh, (3) one must walk after the Spirit; of which a daily practice of these requirements will be advantageous to us for our walk with God.

With that being duly noted, we can better understand this fact. Not all Believers walk after the Spirit. We all experience unexpected wrestling matches because of the law and sin against the spirit and the flesh.  But, then there is God’s grace and mercy. Per Peter, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)  And, John tells us that “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)  We should look at these two verses as encouragement for the Believer when Satan tries to set us upon the pedestal of condemnation as he tried with Job. Thank you Holy Spirit!

Thank you Jesus! And why should we thank Jesus?  Because what was a mystery to the people in the OT is no longer a mystery to those of us today.

Knowledge Moment – Thomas asked Jesus what was the way and “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:5-6) Paul confirms this in his letter to Timothy concerning the “knowledge of the truth”: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Please read the full chapter to understand the depth of the glory to come. I close here with the knowledge Paul shared with us: “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  (Hence, a good reason for us to follow the three(3) requirements listed above- that’s just my view.I’m working it! 😛 )

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:34-39)

The Final Proof of No Condemnation and that there will be A Pardoning of the Lord – (Revelation 22:3-4)-And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. Now that’s very encouraging, ya think? And you say, “I agree with you Shelia in Jesus name. Yeah!”

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My Journey through Romans 2

 

Judgment here! Judgment there! Judgment, judgment everywhere!

For it is said in Ecclesiastes 12:14- For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.  Does this scare you?  Do you think you will be standing before God next to people you have judged unrighteously or have wronged and be given the opportunity to repent for your actions against them? I often ponder about that.  Any way, Paul gets down to the “nitty gritty” (the heart of the matter) as they say in the first three verses.

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.  So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? (NIV 1-3)
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? (KJV 1-3)

We who are of this world are a very judging people. While studying this message about judgment to the Romans, I found that it is applicable to us all today. We need to KNOW that whatever is going on with those “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:”, God’s judgment of those people will be based on His truth, not ours. 

Because we have all fallen in one or more of “those things which are not convenient” listed above, my understanding is that Paul reminds us that it is imperative to know that we who do these things and pass judgment are only condemning self. While we are running around this earth judging and fearing one another, I have but one more question for us to think earnestly about…As a Believer; do you have a fear of God’s righteous judgment?

In studying this chapter it is evident to me how important it is for the TRUTH to be put forth in our watered down sermons that we hear and preach, our puffed up attitudes, and our writings off the baseboard and not the wall about the word JUDGMENT. Take a look around beloved; we are NOT the ones to render to every man according to his deeds whether good or bad because we are a very opinionated people. Personal opinions keep us in a state of judging here, judging there, and judging everywhere. Paul did it before he came to know the truth of God.  He learned that his acts of judgment were “inexcusable.” Therefore, he speaks from experience when he says “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;”

I also understand fully why righteous judgment is 100% in the hands of God. God has the luxury of knowing everything about us. A fellow blogger here asked “What if the Lord revealed to you all your sins?” (https://emaildevotionals.com/2016/08/26/what-if-the-lord-revealed-to-you-all-your-sins-2/)

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That is one truth we could not handle while standing before the Lord.  Shame is upon our heads, but our repentance along with His grace and mercy erases that shame, those who believe in Him. That question for some reason reminded me of a few lines from the old movie A Few Good Men when Jack Nicholson says “You can’t handle the truth. Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls have to be guarded with men that have guns…you have the luxury of not knowing what I know (the truth)…” He goes on to say “We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line.” Those were some pretty powerful words.

If you take away nothing else from this blog, be sure you take away this powerful message; God’s righteous judgment beloved is not a joke, there is no punch line; “For there is no respect of persons with God.”  Henceforth, let us keep our earthly judgments of one another in line with the word of God. Let us not condemn ourselves. The gospel of Christ IS  the believer’s backbone.