Romans 8:1-2 (NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. I wonder if as believers how many truly believe that there is absolutely no condemnation in Jesus Christ. Not a single condition, restrictive trait, limiting situation, or modifying circumstance in our life that might keep us from complete satisfaction and total fulfillment by God. Is it possible to really live without condemnation? After all according to the Word of God, it takes a just one sin to banish us from forever with God. How can one who is guilty be completely set free? There is a price to pay. A penalty that must be fulfilled. Jesus paid the debt owed for our sin in full yet people continue to put conditions on themselves never intended from that moment on.
John 3 tell us that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus not to judge the world but to save it. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. The judgment on our life is reversed through salvation. Jesus didn’t have to come to point out the problem or imposed penalty. God is Sovereign and it was already done. He came to give us an option. A chance to be free. An invitation for adoption. God’s Light came into the world. All who those who decided they loved the Light more than darkness are given the opportunity to live as Children of God.
Yada. Yada. Yada. Third grade Sunday school teachers have taught this for years. What’s new? Well, those who belong to Christ Jesus are no longer condemned so why do we live with such conditions? Afraid to live for the Lord because we cannot seem to avoid judgment and condemnation even if self-imposed. The current condition or circumstance of your life is not what is limiting you. It is our inability to believe in the Life-Giving Power of God invested by His Spirit in each of us that keeps doors shut, chains on and prevents us from living in the freedom given to us by Jesus.
Romans 8:15-17 (NLT) So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
There is a popular worship song called No Longer Slaves that applies to this situation. Many times “believers” do not utilize God’s Power because the same are merely Christians who have transitioned to true believers just God thinkers. We can recite scripture meticulously but until it becomes seed in our heart that bears fruit of faith, it is not worth more than the paper it was written on. I believe the powerlessness of the Body of Christ goes all the way back to our initial experience with Jesus Christ. If we could accept the terms and conditions of salvation as unconditional love and limitless grace that makes us Children of the Living Breathing God, things in our life might begin to change.
There are many sons and daughters in the penal system who are the children of strong Christians. Is it their parent’s fault that they are subject to such conditions? No, it is a choice. They made a bad decision and must now suffer the consequences. Grace took care of my consequences. I must live under the dispensation of grace, however; to experience a change in my conditions. Do you really think a guest at the local penitentiary would remain locked up and silent if they could prove their innocence? Of course not. They would be telling everyone who they came in contact with and demanding examination of the evidence. Why aren’t true believers doing the same? Could it be that God’s Love just seems too good to be true? Is it easier to give the Lord an out rather than wait for His Word and Will to come to pass?
Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
We are taught from a very young age that if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. This mindset is ingrained right along with the fact that with God all things are possible. How do we fix our thoughts to accept God’s Will, Way and Word which contradicts the watchfulness, wariness, and wondering of human intelligence? Life experiences make us cautious, distrustful and disbelieving with all the tragedy, hurt and devastation. No one is really willing to put all their trust and hope in the Lord because they just don’t believe Him. If we believed that Jesus Christ was capable of everything, why would more people serve Him? Why wouldn’t we race to our prayer closet before the doctor, banker, lender, and other people?
“And we know…” Do I really know? Know what? “That God causes EVERYTHING to work together for (my) good…if I truly believed this with my whole heart and invested my entire life miracles would happen. I would live in complete contentment and full satisfaction just as Jesus promised. I just have to believe. It is a process. It can be a tough one because His Power works best in our weakness. Weakness is not a worldly attribute. It is a Kingdom condition that moves me out of the way and allows my faith in God to take over. I must know that God is working for me. I must believe that I am His Child. I cannot do this until I cut the strings tied to my salvation by the world’s ridicule and the church’s religion to allow my relationship to God through Jesus Christ to take over. This is the point when radical change allows the impossible to be possible in my life.
Romans 8:37-39 (NLT) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Despite the condition, circumstances and situations in our life, no matter what they are, we have been given overwhelming victory through Jesus Christ BECAUSE He loves us. Unconditional love is the premise of receivership in the Kingdom of God. If I cannot accept God’s Unconditional, Perfect Love for me, I cannot become His Child. I cannot live in His Kingdom. I cannot have a relationship with the Father without coming through His Son. Grace is not free. Jesus paid the price in full. To accept condemnation that imposes conditions on my salvation, freedom or blessing is to testify with my life that the Blood of Jesus did not satisfy my debt and His Grace is not enough for me. I have overwhelming victory available to me but must fully accept the Love of God to have it.
In Mark 5:24-29, there was a woman with a medical condition. She had an issue, if you will. She sought out professional help, peer intervention and exhausting every effort to find a natural solution, she became desperate. She discovered a tiny seed of faith in her heart one day that moved her to find the Lord. She pushed through the crowd who according to the Law must shun her due to her condition labeling her unclean. She didn’t care what they said about her, how they looked at her or even that they probably moved away as she pressed through. She was on a mission. She wanted to discover God’s Power. She was intent on finding the truth about His Love. When she finally made it to Jesus reaching out just enough to touch the hem of His Garment, she was completely healed and made whole. We live like this woman daily accepting conditions and circumstances contrary to God’s Will because we cannot accept the fact that His Love for us is complete in Christ and not ourselves.
There is another account in I Samuel 11:1-11 about conditions. King Nahash of Ammon led an assault against the town of Jabesh. The citizens asked the king to make a treaty with them and that they would become his servants. He agreed with one condition. He required the right eye of every single person who wished to enter a treaty with him. They offered their life and freedom. The enemy demanded more. The people asked for seven days and if no one came to save them that they would do as he asked. Thankfully Saul came along and the Spirit of the Lord fell powerfully upon him and the people would be saved. The enemy will always offer us conditions that are contrary to God’s Word and His Will. When we give Jesus our life, he will never demand us to suffer or sacrifice for His Glory. The only suffering undergone is to crucify our flesh daily to rid our life of sin that keeps us from victory, fulfillment and abundance. We don’t sin because we love Jesus and accept His Unconditional Love. It is the least that we can do. Yet, we give into worthless conditions because of a lie. May the Holy Spirit come powerfully on us today to remind us that we are no longer slaves to sin but Children of the Living God who have the power to overcome and be victorious in all things. Nothing can separate us from God’s Love anymore. Now if we could only begin to believe that it’s true!
Mark 5:32-34 (NLT) But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
I can see the Blood Flow of Christ required to cover my sin. I am ashamed and embarrassed that His Death was because of me. I cannot live in shame, regret and guilt and reach the fulfillment of God. To do so would be a tragedy that in His Sacrifice, I fail to receive the gift of Unconditional Love and Overwhelming Grace that I have been given. I can only take full advantage of it if I choose to believe it. The Power of the Cross erased condemnation that wrote death across my forehead. Now God’s Name is there and I must live as His Child.
I am no longer a slave to anything that I do not allow to captivate or put me in bondage. His Spirit is my freedom in all things especially those conditions that do not belong in me or on my life. It is by faith alone that I accept the terms and conditions of my salvation and there is nothing I can do to make it so. It is my privilege as a Child of the Most High God to walk through life in His Power and Presence just because of Jesus. There is nothing I can do to earn it, deserve it or make it happen just to believe. God’s Love is not too good to be true. It is absolutely for me. I choose to live in it, walk it and believe it in Jesus Name.
John 1:12-13 (NLT) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.