NO CONDEMNATION

TO THOSE IN CHRIST JESUS

NUMBER TWO

Reading: Romans 8:1-16

Text verse 1

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

INTRODUCTION

[a] This morning, we looked at our text in verse 1 of  Romans 8, and the fact of there being NO CONDEMNATION for those  who are truly “IN CHRIST”, endeavoring to live IN THE SPIRIT! 

[b] The forgiveness of God is truly a wondrous  thing  to  us who are so undeserving!

[c] During a visit to the royal stables, by King George  III he took special  notice  of  one  of  the  stable  boys,  for something about him won his favour, and the King treated  him kindly.

Shortly afterwards, the boy stole some  oats,  and  the  head groom dismissed him immediately.

The King again visited the stables and noticing  the  absence of the boy, enquired what  had  happened.  Upon  hearing  the story, he sent immediately for the boy to be brought to him.  The boy stood  there,  face  to  face  with  his  monarch,  a convicted thief! He was trembling, and looking very pale.  The King asked him if it was true, and the boy could not even lift his eyes towards the King, but  just  stood  crying.  He knew he was guilty, and stood without excuse!  The King saw how sorry the boy was for his  sin,  and  placed his hand on the boy’s head, with the words, “I FORGIVE YOU.” He then gave orders that the boy be restored to his  position in the stables. We can only imagine the thrill that  came  to that lad’s heart on hearing the words of his King, “I forgive you.”

 

 

 

POINT 1

[a] Our text speaks about us being “IN CHRIST JESUS” We have spoken before as to how the  Bible  looks  at  us  as “BEING BAPTISED INTO CHRIST BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!

It is speaking about the  day  we  met Jesus, invited Him into our hearts and thus were saved. 

[b] Now if you were to be baptised in  water,  you  would  be immersed into that water - in the same way,  we  are  immersed INTO CHRIST - BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! 

[c] When God looks at us as Christians,  He  sees  us  as  IN CHRIST! He sees us IN  THE  PURITY  OF  CHRIST!  He  sees  us IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST!  That is, ONLY if we are living IN THE SPIRIT, AND NOT THE FLESH!

We spoke in detail of this in the morning meeting. 

[d] We said how it was so essential that we lived,  INWARDLY, the life of Christ!

[e] It didn’t mean that we were perfect, and there  would  be many times when we would have to come  and  seek  the  Lord’s forgiveness - there would be  times  when  we  would  perhaps UNWILLINGLY yield to temptation!

[f] WILFUL SIN is another thing entirely. ARE WE  LIVING  FOR GOD IN OUR HEARTS? HOW REAL IS GOD THERE?? 

[g] Often we speak, not only of how WE ARE  IN  CHRIST,  as in verse 1, but also the fact that HE IS IN US, as in v.10!

POINT 2

[a] In 2 Corinthians 13:5, we read,

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove  your own selves. Know ye not  your  own  selves,  how  that  Jesus Christ is in you, EXCEPT YE BE REPROBATES.”

[b] The Amplified Bible says REPROBATES means “COUNTERFEITS, DISPROVED ON TRIAL AND REJECTED!”

Phillips  translation  says, “UNLESS  YOU   ARE   NOT   REAL CHRISTIANS AT ALL!”   which if you think about it is the same.

[c] Sometimes, we’re not very happy that  God   should   test or try us? “O Lord, why me? Why are you putting  me  through this?”

[d] In one of our corps some years ago, one of our young soldiers had a dilemma! (Isobel Sharp)  Her employer said  she had to wear a sweat-shirt advertising a brewery, when working up, with the public, in  Edinburgh's Prince’s Street.

Thank God, she was true to her faith and conviction, and  she refused, at the risk of losing her job. God  honoured  her for  that  decision,  and  she  was  told  to  wear   another sweatshirt, with just the name of the organisation concerned. 

[e] It is never easy to stand for Christ!  When  we  were  at Buckhaven, one of our Junior  Soldiers  had  a  problem.  Her science class at school had  brewed  beer,  and  the  science teacher asked them all to try it. Shiona refused, and before the whole class, told them why. Not an easy decision!  But  thank God for her sincerity!

[f] Easy to sing, “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus” but when  it comes to the crunch, it sometimes takes some doing! BUT EACH VICTORY WILL HELP US SOME OTHER TO WIN!

POINT 3

[a] We  all  have  different  tests  to  undergo.  They  vary greatly!

[b] To some the Lord will come as He did  to  Peter,  and  he will point to that which is nearest and dearest to us, and He will say simply, “Lovest thou Me more than these?” Like Peter, our immediate response would  probably  be,  “Yae Lord!”

Jesus may say to us “PROVE IT!”

[c] We show the depth of our love for Him through action!

He says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments!”

[d] Some time ago, I was speaking to someone,  who  was busily expressing how much the Lord meant to them - BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG IN THEIR LIVES THAT THEY WERE UNWILLING  TO PUT RIGHT!

[e] I said to them, “That thing means more to  you  than  the Lord does!” They eventually agreed that it was true, and they were UNWILLING to put the Lord first!

[f] The dangers of living to the flesh instead of the  Spirit are very great in all our lives.

[g] The Lord makes it very clear in  His  Word,  that  if  we place anything in a higher place of importance in  our  lives than Him, then we are not worthy of Him!

CONCLUSION

[a] I wonder has the Spirit of God  caused  anything  to  hit home to your heart as we have discussed these things from His Word?

[b] Perhaps there is something in your  life  that  has  been taking prominence and precedence over the Lord!

[c] Perhaps there is something you know  you’ve  got  to  put right with God.

[d] We would invite you to do that just now, and come to  the Mercy seat.

GOD WAITS TO MEET YOUR NEED!

WILL YOU LET HIM??  

[e] I would like to play a song which may help you  make   up your mind positively for the Lord.

Please listen to the words as it is played.

(Play “You know I love You”)

 

SONG                TUNE

340                       596

Prayer

“I am persuaded” - Bill Gaither Trio.

Chorus “It’s no longer I that liveth”

179                         742

Message

Play “You know I love You”

294                          711