No condemnation?


I read this the other day and since I haven’t actually read the KJV in such a long time, I questioned it. It sounded familiar to me. I knew the first part was right and I knew the second part was in the Bible but I really thought someone had put two scriptures together from different parts of the Bible. So, I did some research. I couldn’t find the wording anywhere in my Bible. I got out my iPad and did a word search in my Bible app. Couldn’t find it anywhere. So I googled it and there it was in the KJV.
The reason I was so intrigued was because it jumped out at me. I was seeing something in a whole new light. I had revelation of the living Word. I love it when that happens.

According to this Scripture to say there is no condemnation of any kind to all who are in Christ Jesus is to overlook the whole of Scripture. We are told that it is very possible for those in Christ Jesus to suffer some condemnation, albeit not eternal condemnation. The Christian who walks after the flesh instead of the leading of the Spirit produces works of wood, hay and stubble (1Corinthians 3:12). Everyone’s works will be tried so as by fire. Fleshly works will be burned and spiritual works will endure. We are told, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:15). Therefore, worldly Christians face a certain amount of condemnation.

The word condemnation not only carries the meaning of judgement, but also of disapproval. John informs his “little children” that the heart of the believer is able to pass such condemnation or disapproval on our Christian living (1 John 3:20-21). Not only is there a judgement for believers who stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ (1 Cor. 3:12-15; 2 Cir. 5:9-10), but there can also be a judgement on believers that may cost them their lives if they continue in sin (Acts 5:1-10; 1 John 5:16). Biblically speaking, there is condemnation for believers who walk after the flesh and not after the Spirit.

Commentary Romans 8:1

23 thoughts on “No condemnation?

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I think you meant to reverse that last line. Sprit, then flesh. πŸ˜‰

  2. Bird says:

    Good post…
    Even if it is kind of a a bummer for me to read so soon after my latest public nervous breakdown.

    But truth is truth, and I know I earned a frown from the Lord this week. :(.

    • Bird, we all fall short, but thank God for His wonderful GRACE!
      Don’t beat yourself up. Thr devil would love for you to do that.

      Blessings to you.

      • Bird says:

        I feel a little dazed and confused these days, and the instability of my emotions makes me panic a little. I have this weird free falling feeling, and I’m not sure how to process and control any of it. I know the Lord understands and He’s always been very merciful with me. But I really am disappointed at how badly I am doing in the particular test. I think I’m flunking!

      • You’re not flunking. Be encouraged the Jesus is walking through it with you. I will be praying for you. Put on some good Christian praise and worship. Put your thoughts on whatever is true, and honorable, right and pure, lovely and admirable, things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

      • Bird says:

        I will do exactly what you suggest. Thank you so much!

  3. Charity G says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this scripture. I often only hear the first part of the scripture when it is referenced. It is the second part of the scripture (who walk after the spirit and not after the flesh) that is often left out.

    We all fall short and when we do we should feel condemnation. (If we don’t one must question if they are truly “in Christ” at all.) That feeling though is not intended to push us away from Christ or cause us to fall in despair. It is intended to draw us closer to God and further away from the actions and mindsets that do not build us up. We stumble and we fall. We cry out to Him and He takes our hand, speaks an encouraging word, and places us back on our feet to keep walking- free of condemnation.

    Thanks for sharing and for being willing to share His encouraging words.

  4. The Gospel reading at Monday morning Mass is Matthew 7:1-5 – we will be judged the way we judge others and removing the beam out of our own eye before telling our neighbour to remove the splinter out of theirs. Therefore, as you said, we will definitely be judged but God’s judgement is righteous and full of mercy, thank God.

  5. Romans 8 was the first passage of Scripture I studied as a new Christian and has been my favourite ever since. Back then (54 years ago) the KJV was not the only Bible but was the most used by a long way, and is much easier to memorise thasn modern versions.

    While I refer to other versions, I still love and use the KJV. It is much more definite than others. For instance, “yield” carries much more weight than “present”. Yield implies an absolute surrender.

    There are many ‘part’ Scriptures which are quoted, as in Romans 8:1a which once again teaches the importance of context.

    We serve an amazing God!

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  7. Just found your blog. Blessings love this blog.

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