Romans 8:1 tells us, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” These words, “no condemnation” explain to us that we are free in Christ. Notice the present tense in the word, “now.” This verse is telling us that, “There is now no condemnation” it is speaking of a very present place we are in. This no condemnation is not just for heaven, it is no condemnation at this hour.
What does it mean to be in Christ? To be in Christ means that we receive His sacrifice as payment for our sins. Once you believe in Jesus, you are placed in Christ. Many people may think that there is no condemnation for only those who obey God. But that makes no sense. It is because we have fallen, that we need this grace. We do not earn our place in Christ, it is a gift.
When a building is condemned, it is unfit for use. The doors are locked, the windows are boarded up, and it is a hopeless place. When people are under condemnation, they literally feel unfit for use. They feel hopeless and unworthy. My friend, God declares you fit for use. This is the whole message of the gospel! He has declares that you are a, “…new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) (ESV).
Many people try to get rid of a problem by focusing on the fruit. The truth is that we have to take care of the root. If the root is bad, so will the fruit. One of the main root causes of our problems is condemnation. Somewhere we are still bringing up the past about a sin. When you have a small pebble in your shoe, it affects your walk. This is what it is like to walk around in condemnation.
It is time to receive the gift of no condemnation and be free. Christ was punished for us so that we would not be punished. You are in Christ! God no longer condemns you, so do not condemn yourself.