Romans Chapter 8
Two Types of Condemnation
Chapter 8, Verse
Rom. 8:1 "There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit."
There are two types of condemnation
taught in the scriptures: eternal condemnation and timely condemnation.
To be eternally condemned means to end up being cast into the lake of
fire of God's eternal judgment at the end of this time world because of
Timely condemnation means a conviction of
heart or mind due to ungodly actions. Examples of timely condemnation
are set forth in the following verses of scripture:
1. Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
2. Rom 14:23 "And he that doubteth is
damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not
of faith is sin."
3. James 5:9 "Grudge not one against
another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth
before the door."
4. 1 John 3:20 "For if our heart condemn
us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved,
if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward
Paul is speaking about those that are in
Christ Jesus. In the book of Ephesians he points out to us how the
elect got to be in Christ Jesus and numerous blessings that come upon
them because they are in Christ Jesus:
1. Eph. 1:4 "According as he hath
chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should
be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us
unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to
the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his
grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In
whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace."
2. Eph. 1:11 "In whom also we have
obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the
purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own
3. Eph. 2:4 "But God, who is rich in
mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were
dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are
saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
4. Eph. 2:10 "For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
5. Eph. 2: 13 "But now in Christ
Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
6. Eph. 2:20 "And are built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the
chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed
together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye
also are builded together for an habitation of God through the
7. Eph. 3:11 "According to the eternal
purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom
we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him."
A born-again elect child of God can walk
in two different ways. He can walk after the flesh or he can walk after
the Spirit. In the scriptures, "to walk," means "to live your life."
To walk after the flesh is to live your life after the desires of the
flesh. To walk after the Spirit is to live your life after the
leadership of the Spirit. We are told to "walk by faith and not by
sight." To walk by faith is to live your life by faith in the word of
God and the leadership of the Spirit. To walk by sight is to live your
life by following after the fleshly desires.
There is no eternal condemnation to any
of the elect, who were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the
world. Paul writes and asks the question in Rom. 8:33 "Who shall lay
any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is
risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us." Christ died that all the elect would be justified
before the eyes of a just and holy God. There is no charge that can be
levied against them before God. Christ has satisfied all the demands of
divine justice. There is nothing that the elect can do that will change
their position of being justified before God eternally.
The born-again child of God has two
natures. Outwardly, he has the nature of the flesh and inwardly, he has
the nature of the Spirit. Paul spoke of a warfare that each born-again
child of God must endure: Gal. 5:16 "This I say then, Walk in the
Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh
lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these
are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that
ye would." When a person walks in the Spirit, he does not fulfill the
lust of the flesh. Therefore, he is not condemned with timely
condemnation. If, however, he walks in the flesh his heart will condemn
him in the courtroom of his heart and mind. He will be convicted of his
sins committed while walking in the flesh. The timely release for him
then is to repent and ask God to forgive him and cleanse his heart from
sin guiltiness, which he has promised that he will do.
Rom. 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of
life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
Two laws are set forth in the above
scripture: the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and the law of
sin and death. Furthermore, Paul said that the first law had set him
free from the second law. In order to understand how the first law set
him free (and also set us free) from the second law we need to
understand what the second law is and how that we were in bondage to the
The law of sin and death is the name
given to the commandment God gave to Adam in the Garden of Eden: Gen.
2:16 "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest
thereof thou shalt surely die." What God told Adam is that if you sin
you die. Thus, it is the law of sin and death. When Adam ate of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he brought himself under the
penalty (or curse) of the law of sin and death. Furthermore, he brought
all of his posterity under the same penalty as we examined in Rom.
Through Adam's transgression, he and all
his posterity were brought under the effects of the law of sin and
death. Because of that sin, we were brought under the condemnatory
wrathful judgment of God. In addition, the nature of man changed from a
state of innocence to a state of total depravity, such as we examined in
Rom. 3:9-20. We were under the bondage of the law of sin and death.
This bondage included not being able to seek after God, not being able
to understand the things of the Spirit of God, and not being able to
worship God in Spirit and in truth. It also included not being able to
fear God, not being able to do any good, not being able to fellowship
with God, and not being able to cease from sin.
Called into Life
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus delivered us from the bondage of the law of sin and death. First,
let us see what the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is. The
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus flows from the covenant of
redemption: Rom. 8:29, 30, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be
the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate,
them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and
whom he justified, them he also glorified." In the covenant of
redemption, all that God chose before the world began are called
into Spiritual life. This calling into Spiritual life is the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. This calling into Spiritual life is
only to those who are chosen in Christ before the world began (Eph.
The calling of God in the New Birth gives
us spiritual life and with this spiritual life we are able to understand
the things of the Spirit of God, we are able to seek after God, we have
the fear of God, we are now able to worship God in Spirit and in truth,
and we are able to bear the fruit of the Spirit. We are also able to
mortify the deeds of the flesh and we are able to fellowship with God.
It is in this manner that we are made free from the law of sin and
death. We still possess the nature of the flesh, yet we are given a new
nature in the spiritual birth, that has freed us from the bondage of the