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Romans 8:1-2 (AMPC) Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. [John 3:18.] For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
Uche couldn’t walk in the power of God because he lived under the spirit of condemnation. He had tried several times to quote Romans 8:1, but he was still under condemnation in his heart of hearts because he was not abiding in Christ. Even though he was very regular in church meetings, he had gone back to the world. He had gone back to his worldly friends and family members. He had gone back to his old way of doing things, but for a few exceptions.
Today’s Bible verse is one very powerful and important scripture that every believer must know and understand. But this truth of no condemnation only applies to those who are in Christ Jesus.
What does it mean to be in Christ Jesus? It means to believe in the Lord Jesus and Abide in Him. Believing means accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord(Master) and savior. It means you surrender the ownership and control of your life to the Lord Jesus. If Jesus has truly become your Lord, His will and Word will rule your life. The reason why we repent when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior is because we have submitted to new management, and everything in us and about us that was contrary to His way of doing things has to change.
What does it mean to abide in the Lord Jesus? It means to remain in Him and not go back to the world; your old manner of life. It means to abide in the church (which is His body) and be submitted to the authority of Christ through His church and be accountable to your Christian brothers and sisters.
Those who abide in Christ are those who are said to be in Christ, and there is no condemnation for them, only blessings. They walk in the light as He is in the light, they have fellowship with their Christian brethren, and the blood of Jesus cleanses them from all sin (1 John 1:7).
The devil’s chief weapon against people is condemnation and a guilty conscience. With it, a believer cannot overcome the devil and would not be able to appropriate the grace and power of God that has been made freely available to him. The reason why those who will overcome the devil will do so by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony is that the blood of Jesus is our answer to the accusations of Satan. When the devil reminds you of a sin that you have repented of, remind him of the cross and the blood of Jesus. He has no answer to that. Jesus was crucified as the penalty for your sins. He has already paid for your sins on the cross. The reason the devil sends accusations against us is that he wants us to suffer for our past sins, but for those who are in Christ, Jesus has already suffered and paid for their sins.
Go into today thanking the Lord because there is no condemnation for you if you are Christ Jesus.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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