No Condemnation

Romans 8:1–2

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There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1–2, ESV

Does this mean that we are sinless? No. Does this mean that we are free to do as we please? Again, no. We cannot be saved by our adherence to the Law, nor can we redeem ourselves from the crushing sin that is over us. This is only done for us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He freed us from bondage and therefore from the condemnation that we so rightfully deserve. He suffered for us so that we would not have to suffer for eternity. Suffering and sin, however, remain in our world until the time that our Lord returns and all things are restored as they were meant to be in the end. We are not to live as though we can do as we please, but we no longer need to stand in fear of the crushing weight of judgment that will come to all who do not belong to Jesus. A common misconception is that there are those who live a good life and therefore deserve salvation. Though we may live a life doing good things in a worldly sense, none of us can live a godly life by our own will and in our own doing. We are not capable, but, through Christ Jesus, we can know salvation.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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