By Guest Contributor Perry Hermansen
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2, NIV) Meditation The first verse indicates that we no longer need expect a wrathful judgment for our sins. This word condemnation is the Greek word katakrima. In the Strong's Concordance, this word is defined as an adverse sentence (the verdict). In Romans, it is used three times in respect to the righteous judgment of sin.
The Word of God tells us the child of God is free from this condemnation and that Christ received this judgment on the cross. The Bible says, "God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh." Jesus received the judgment for all our sin; so that you and I have grace. Grace is our portion. Grace works in us to bear the fruit of Holiness. In truth, Paul often wrote in his letters "peace and grace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ". We have permanent peace with our Heavenly Father. Through Jesus' Blood, you have never been closer to the Father, child of God. Your sin has been judged in Christ in His perfect finished work. Now God's goodness, kindness, protection, and blessing are pouring into your life through Christ. If you receive this precious truth just receive it by saying Amen & Amen! Prayer for Today Heavenly and Gracious Father, fill me with the knowledge of the security I have in Christ. Lord, cause me to be aware of your goodness and kindness towards me. Jesus, I receive the fullness of your perfect work. I receive the promise of rest and the abundant life that you died and resurrected to give me. As we celebrate the birth of Your Church, let us walk in our divine position in Your kingdom. In Jesus' mighty name!