ROMANS 8:1-4 NO CONDEMNATION
“Don’t blame me!”
In Romans 7 Paul has outlined the futility of living life our way.
Human effort, or living “by the law”, results only in frustration.
There is a much more fulfilling way to live.
In Romans 8 Paul now moves on to how we should live as a result of what Christ has done for us.
We will take a few weeks to cover this chapter properly.
“Therefore” … All Paul is about to say is based on what he has already said.
“As a result of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, through faith & grace NOT our works … there is …”
“now” … “at this present time … right now!”
“no” … “not even one … nothing”
So, based on what Christ has done for you & I, there is right now absolutely no …
“condemnation” … “sentence or verdict of condemnation … judgement against”
The good news is, because of Christ, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HANGING OVER US! We are free.
Why, then, do we often feel so bad about ourselves?
Why do we feel guilty still?
Why do Christians still feel so defeated?
1. THE CONFUSION BETWEEN CONVICTION & CONDEMNATION
“neither do I condemn you …”
God does not condemn us.
Condemnation is NOT from Him.
(Note: these people were not interested in the truth, or they would have brought TWO PEOPLE to Jesus. They were only interested in destroying her and trapping him).
Condemnation is destructive & cruel.
“Go now and leave your life of sin”
But He does point out when we are wrong.
There is a difference. What is it?
Conviction: Is a work of the Holy Spirit. It is God reminding us of our wrong doing.
He guides us to put it right (just as Jesus did the woman).
Conviction is ALWAYS aimed at BUILDING US UP!
Conviction is aimed at what we have done, never WHO WE ARE!
2 Samuel 12:1-14
David & Bathsheba … Nathan the prophet.
Vs. 7 “you are the man!”
God pointed out his sin in order to lead him to repentance.
This was not a personal attack on David.
It was done privately … NO-ONE KNEW!
It was not shouted from the rooftops or gossiped about in the streets.
Conviction is always a matter between us and God.
The Holy Spirit Convicts, BUT NEVER CONDEMNS!
So conviction AIMS AT BUILDING US UP … aims at making us better … it is NEVER personal & always constructive. It is aimed at our well-being.
Condemnation aims at pulling us down. It is totally personal & always destructive. It is aimed at our destruction.
2. WHERE DOES CONDEMNATION COME FROM?
Revelation 12:10 “the accuser …”
The devil is the source of condemnation.
He aims to kill, steal & destroy!
He does it directly through our own thinking.
His greatest weapon is condemnation. Pulling us down.
AND HE USES PEOPLE!
2 Samuel 15:1-6 Absalom used hints & insinuation … no outright attack … subtle attacks on David’s reputation, character & performance … aimed at pulling him down.
3. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH IT?
a. Recognise its source: It is NEVER from God. God does not condemn us … EVER!
Rev. 12:10 The devil is the accuser!
b. Deal with the real source first:
James 4:7 “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Take authority over him in Jesus’ name.
Use spiritual weapons.
Declare out loud the truth:
There is NO condemnation
I am free in Jesus’ name.
I am declared to be IN THE RIGHT.
God loves me, accepts me! I am His child.
c. When it comes through people …
Such an attack is usually indirect … to others ABOUT US!
Deal with the real source … Is this person’s opinion impt?
5 questions to ask before listening to the carrier of such information:
1. Why are you telling me this? People often pass on negative information because of their own brokenness. Hurt people hurt people!
Stop it before it starts. If you don’t listen, & don’t pass it on … then it dies!
2. Where did you get this information from?
3. Have you gone to those directly involved?
4. Have you personally checked out the facts?
5. Can I quote you if I check this out?
Simply don’t pass on personal negative information about anyone, and definitely don’t pass it back to the one it is about. LET IT DIE WITH YOU! (exceptions: harm/abuse)
Decide you will never be a tool in the enemy’s hands to condemn.
Ephesians 4:1-3 “make every effort to preserve …”
If it is aimed at destroying, resist it & throw it off.
If it is from God to help you, repent & move forward.