Today’s Reading: Romans 7:14-8:8
The eighth chapter of Romans begins with one of the greatest promises in all the Bible. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” And even standing by itself there is something in those words that makes your heart flutter. The significance of the fact that in spite of our sin, God doesn’t condemn us is overwhelming in and of itself. But the truth of the matter is, when you read that verse in light of chapter 7, the personal application of its truth is even more invigorating.
That promise was even bigger when you know Paul’s train of thought. You see, Paul admits that there is a struggle going on within every human being, and when we try to win on our own strength we often get pinned to the mat. But the greatness of the promise of God’s grace is that even when we fail again, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. There is security in our relationship with God. If we are in Christ, we don’t need to wonder if God is angry with us. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” If you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you don’t need to fear God’s wrath. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” When God looks at you, He doesn’t see a wretch, He sees a son or daughter.
You remember the story of the prodigal son. The boy disregarded his father, and then disgraced himself in every way possible. Dr. Vernon McGee says “Do you know the difference between the son in that pigpen and the pig? The difference is that no pig has ever said to himself, ’I will arise and go to my father.’” He’s right, but a child can do that! And when that dirty, stinking boy came within eyesight of home, His dad was there to clean Him up and throw Him a party. Paul wants to make sure that you understand that God is just as anxious to throw His arms around you. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Now let me tell you why this is so important to understand. Because if the truth be known, there is sometimes condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But it never comes from God. Do you know what the word “satan” means in Hebrew? Accuser! He loves to fool us into believing that we are condemned.
We do mess up and we do fail but we are never condemned. We can always return to our Father.