[Papercut Press] 2001-01-02 - No Condemnation

Part 14 - What Actually Happened? The Moment I Trusted Christ

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

We come to the 14th thing which occurs the moment we trust in Christ for salvation.

  1. 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.

"I thank God for that word, 'whosoever.' If God had said that there was mercy for Richard Baxter, I am so vile a sinner, that I would have thought he meant some other Richard Baxter; but, when he says 'whosoever,' I know that includes me, the worst of all Richard Baxters." --Richard Baxter

Soli Deo Gloria,

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