Romans 8:1-4 “No Condemnation”

Romans 8 is one of the most glorious chapters in all the Bible.  One writer put it this way, "If Holy Scripture was a ring, and the Epistle to the Romans a precious stone, chapter eight would be the sparkling point of the jewel."  Another writer also uses picturesque language to describe this chapter, "In this surpassing chapter, the several streams of the preceding arguments meet and flow in one 'river of the water of life, clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb', until it seems to lose itself in the ocean of a blissful eternity."  Suffice it to say, that this is an awesome chapter of God's Holy Word!  And, it starts with "no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."  (Romans 8:1)  Jesus did what the law could not do.  The law points out our sin and condemns us.  Jesus became a man and took on our sins upon the cross.  He became sin for us and bore the awful punishment.  He died so that we could live.  He bore our sins so that we could be forgiven.  He was condemned upon the cross so that we could be justified.  God has already condemned my sin in Christ.  There is no more condemnation left for me!    This sublime chapter begins with the fundamental truth that a Christian is free from condemnation.  The Christian is not freed from condemnation so that he can continue in his sin.  The Christian is freed from condemnation so that he can become more like his Savior.  That is the process of sanctification.