NO CONDEMNATION

TO THEM WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS

(PART 1)

READING: Romans 6:1-16

 

INTRODUCTION

 

[a] I don’t need to tell you how society appears to be crumbling at the seams, and especially when so many of  the young people in our society, appear to have totally lost the whole idea of any standards to live by.

[b] Someone said to me one day, “Why do you think it’s happening?”

[c] I explained that when you take away the whole idea of Sunday School, remove Christian assemblies from our schools, and leaving young people devoid of some sort of Bible basis to work on, then there is no structure, and life ends up built on a very shaky foundation, where the young person lives solely for themselves, and anything goes! If someone else does it - it must be all right!

[c] Someone said to me, I don’t want to force my children to go to church, I will leave the decision up to them.

IT’S A BIT LIKE PUTTING SMARTIES AND SUGAR COATED SLEEPING PILLS ON THE SAME PLATE IN FRONT OF A SMALL CHILD, AND THEN SAYING, “YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO EAT - IT WOULD BE WRONG OF ME TO TRY AND PERSUADE YOU IN ANY PARTICULAR DIRECTION!!”

NO WONDER THE WORLD’S IN SUCH A MESS!!

[d] Sin, today, has for the most part, lost it’s stigma! Because certain sins are ‘popular’ people take little notice now!

[e] But let me say that God’s opinion of sin has not changed one bit! “THE SOUL THAT SINNETH - IT SHALL DIE!” IS BANG UP TO DATE, AND AS APPLICABLE TODAY A EVER IT WAS!

“THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH!” STILL APPLIES AT THIS VERY MOMENT!

SELF-INDUCED IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE!

 

POINT 1

[*] Romans 8:1,  says,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”

[a] In our text, the Apostle is making the point  that  there is NO CONDEMNATION for us, because he tells us  in  verse  25

of chapter 7 that the Lord Jesus will  rescue  us  from  this predicament.

[b]  However,  as  with  all  Bible  promises,  there  is   a condition, and that is that our INWARD  SPIRITUAL  LIVES  are what they should be - that they are maintained, that the Lord means , as much to us as He should, and that we are seeking to follow His way in our lives.

[*] Remember, our Salvation Army doctrines state very clearly, that “CONTINUANCE IN A STATE OF SALVATION, DEPENDS UPON CONTINUED OBEDIENT FAITH IN CHRIST.”

[c] The question we must ask is (in the  terminology  of  our text) “Am I walking after the Spirit, or after the flesh?”

Am I willing to fulfil God’s will in EVERY PART of my life?

[d] The danger is, that if our answer to that question  is  a negative one, then, we cannot claim the  protection  of  this

glorious promise!

POINT 2

[a] There are those who would suggest that this promise gives them licence to sin as they want - without condemnation!!  THIS VERSE IN NO WAY GIVES LICENCE FOR WILFUL SIN!!

[b] The difference between wilful  and  non-wilful  sin  is shown in verse 6 of chapter 8,

“To be carnally minded  is  death;  but  to  be  spiritually minded is life and peace.”

[c] Verse 20 of chapter 7, speaks of being  OVERCOME  by  sin

against our wishes,

“Now if I do that I WOULD NOT - WOULD NOT - WOULD  NOT!   It is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

The original Greek is absolutely emphatic on this point!

[d]  The Amplified Bible translates verse 8 of chapter 8 like this,

“So then, those who live the life of the flesh - catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal  nature  -  cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.”

POINT 3

[a] Sometimes, after conversion, the devil makes a person look back into their past life, and become  depressed  about

the sins  they  committed  before  meeting  the  Lord!   They sometimes feel that they are so  terrible,  God  could  never

forgive them - BUT  HALLELUJAH!  THIS  VERSE  SAYS,  THAT  NO MATTER  HOW  AWFUL  THE  SIN,  THERE  IS  THEREFORE  NOW  NO CONDEMNATION!

[b] May I remind you of a verse in 1 John 1:9, which says,

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to  forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

[c] If we  fulfil  the  condition  of  true  repentance,  and confession - NOT TO A PRIEST OR MINISTER,  BUT  TO  THE  LORD HIMSELF, then His promise is that there is CLEANSING FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!!

[d] It means, there is NOTHING which He  is  not  willing  to forgive!!

[e] After all, do we need reminding  that  the  Apostle  Paul felt that before his conversion, he was  the  very  chief  of

sinners, and  yet  he,  the  murderer  of  Christians,  found forgiveness and Salvation!

[f] No wonder he could preach the Gospel of Salvation for all men with such power and freedom!

[g] What more powerful message can there be than  that  which says, "He has done it for me, that’s the PROOF that  He  can do it for you."

Personal witness is all important when we stand for Christ!

[f] We must be honest with one another! Paul  was  saying  in chapter 7 of Romans, “I am far  from  perfect!  I  still  do things that are wrong, and the Lord forgives me!”

He did not put on airs and graces and pretend to be something he was not! He faced up to his faults, and was  assured  that

as he LIVED LIFE IN  THE  SPIRIT,  in  which  REPENTANCE  AND CONFESSION ARE A NATURAL PART, then THERE WAS NO CONDEMNATION! HALLELUJAH!!

 

CONCLUSION

[a] I wonder does the warmth of God’s  Love  and  forgiveness flood over your soul, as we consider these things together.

[b] We are so unworthy, and yet one day the  Bible  says,  HE WILL PRESENT US SPOTLESS BEFORE HIS FATHER’S FACE! SEEN IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PURITY - NOT OUR OWN!

[c] On one occasion I was speaking to someone who, although having asked the Lord into their hearts many years ago, had still  been involved in what they could see to be wilful sin, and because of it they had lost their peace and assurance of Salvation.

[d] Sin is a destructive force, which, if it is not forgiven, will destroy YOU for time and for eternity!

WHERE DO YOU STAND TONIGHT? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU ARE FORGIVEN?? IF NOT, IT’S TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!

[e] Let us live and walk daily IN THE  SPIRIT,  so  that  His forgiveness will still  flow,  and  we  will  remain  in  the

sunshine of ‘NO CONDEMNATION’!

 

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Text Box: COME FOLLOW ME

(Tune “How Much More”)
Your sin has all been borne away,
By Christ Who died upon the tree;
Salvation now is yours my friend,
Through He Who says,
“Come follow Me”.

A nail scarred hand I see outstretched,
“Behold” He says, “It was for thee”,
How can I turn away once more,
I hear Him say, “Come follow me”.

Your tangled life He will remake,
Your future in His hands will be;
He’ll share each moment and each day,
Respond to His “Come follow Me”.

Your future He has planned in love,
The days ahead you cannot see;
Just take His hand and let Him lead,
Obey His voice, “Come follow Me”.

VICTOR ROSS

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