Romans 8:1 (In Christ)
Challenge: Read all of Romans 8 each week to prepare your hearts and minds. Ask Jesus to speak to you as you read. (8 minutes)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
No condemnation – Greek, katakrima; its origin is tied to a legal system. To better understand what condemnation is, you have to first understand that God is just; i.e. correct and judge
Cf. Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 30:18; Romans 12:19
He establishes laws so that people may live out on the earth in justice.
But those who break the law, face the sentencing from God--guilty verdict.
Are In Christ – We want justice, but we don’t want to be condemned either. If God were to give His verdict over all of us, not just the ones we consider evil, we’d be guilty.
Proverbs 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all.
We seek the Lord through faith…
9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Cf. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 12:5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.