Sunday, September 18, 2011

NCFC - No Condemnation for Christians

There is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus. “In Christ” is the believer’s position before God, not his condition in the flesh. “In Adam” I was condemned ( Romans 5:12); but “in Christ” is to be forever freed from all condemnation. “There is therefore now no condemnation.” The qualifying “now” implies there was a time when Christians, before they believed, were under condemnation. This was before they died with Christ, died judicially ( Galatians 2:20) to the penalty of God’s righteous law. This “now,” then, distinguishes between two states or conditions. By nature we were “under the (sentence of) law,” but now believers are “under grace” ( Romans 6:14). By nature we were “children of wrath” ( Ephesians 2:2), but now we are “accepted in the Beloved” ( Ephesians 1:6).

Under the first covenant we were “in Adam” ( 1 Corinthians 15:22), but now we are “in Christ” 

( Romans 8:1). As believers in Christ we have everlasting life, and because of this we “shall not come into condemnation.”
A.W. Pink

"NCFC - Thank the Lord it's true!
Praise to our Sovereign God is long overdue."


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