No Condemnation in Christ Jesus

As we've gone through The Gospel Gap series, we've seen a lot of ways that we fall short of allowing the gospel to permeate every area of our lives. Whether through guilt, shame, fear, or condemnation, we have to struggle against our own flesh to submit to the truth and power of God's sanctifying grace. We've covered guilt, shame, and fear comprehensively, so let's take a look at condemnation in John 8.

First, what is condemnation? In modern times, we usually use it to indicate a general sense of disapproval or condescension toward oneself or another. However, in John 8, it's used differently. Here we see it mean, as Strong's concordance puts it: "to give judgment against, to judge worthy of punishment." 

Why does having the precise definition important? Well, it definitely changes a lot of the implications of the gospel! Take, for example, Romans 8:1, which tells us:

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

If we take that definition, and plug it into that verse, we get something like this:

"For those who are in Christ Jesus, they are no longer judged worthy of punishment."

This is good news indeed! We are no longer considered worthy of punishment when we are in Christ, but instead considered heirs with Him! So why do we heap punishments onto ourselves for our own actions? Why do we decide that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was not sufficient to atone for our sins? 

As Pastor Boyd shared in his message about condemnation, we are not greater than God, and we do not sit above Him as a higher judge. Pointing ourselves to these truths is essential for accepting our new identity and living in the freedom that only the gospel can provide.

One simple way to point yourself to these truths is to spend time with other believers who can point you back to them. If you haven't joined a missional community yet, check out all of the ones we have available, and get involved!