I became free from Condemnation (Romans 8:1)
One of the reasons sinners come to faith in Christ for the forgiveness of
sin is because they understand that their sin has brought separation between
them and God. This sense of sin is accompanied by a sense of guilt because
of sin. This sense of sin and separation from God is partly because of the
holiness of God and our total lack of holiness because of our sin. We see
this in Scripture when David says, "Against You, and You only, I have sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight..." Psalm 51:4
We also see in this passage that David not only understands his sin, but
he also understands his need for forgiveness because of his sin. In Psalm
51:9 he says, "Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities."
Knowledge of sin brings with it a feeling of helplessness, as David continues
in Psalm 51:11, "Do not cast me away from Your presence, do not take Your
Holy Spirit from me." This can also be seen in Psalm 109:22, "For I
am afflicted and needy, and my heart is wounded within me."
A sense of sin, guilt, and helplessness will naturally result in a feeling
of apprehension in the person. A natural result of these things is shame.
The only way we can come out from the weight and shadow of our separation
from God is by forsaking sin and turning to God for forgiveness. "If we confess
our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.
It is here, at confession, and dependence upon the mercy of Christ that the
above verse, Romans 8:1, becomes a promise. The promise is that there is
no condemnation, for sin, to those who are in Christ. The sense of sin, guilt,
and helplessness is lifted from us and we are no longer separated from God
and under condemnation. This is one of the most precious promises in Scripture.
The helplessness that David felt, in the Psalms, is transformed to peace
and forgiveness in Christ. The helplessness that we feel because of sin,
is also transformed to newness of life in Christ.
In salvation we are no longer separated from God, but rather we now have
fellowship with Him. "what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also,
that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with
the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3 This is
the promise of Romans 8:1. We are freed from the guilt of sin and, even more,
the result is that we now have fellowship with the One from whom we used
to be an adversary of. This is the great promise of the gospel of salvation.