John 1:1 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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