Therefore there is no condemnation
It is very unfortunate that there is a chapter division separating Romans 7:25 and 8:1. C. H. Spurgeon observes correctly: “We once heard a friend say, ‘I have gone out of seventh of Romans into the eighth.’ Nonsense! There is no getting out of one into the other, for they are one. I thank God with all my heart that since my conversion I have never known what it is to be out of the seventh of Romans, nor out of the eighth of Romans either. The whole passage has been solid truth to my experience. I have struggled against inward sin, and rejoiced in complete justification at the same time” (Sermons Preached in 1886 by C. H. Spurgeon, vol. xvii, p. 274).
“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 7:25-8:1, NASB 1995).
Roman 7:12 – Romans 8:2
12So then, the law is holy, and the
commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13Did that which is good, then, become
death to me? By no means!
But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the
commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
14We know that the law is spiritual; but I
am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
16And if I do what I do not want to do, I
agree that the law is good.
17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do
it, but it is sin living in me.
18I know that nothing good lives in me,
that is, in my sinful nature. For I have
the desire to do what is good, but I
cannot carry it out.
19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.
20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it
is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living
in me that does it.
21So I find this law at work: When I want
to do good, evil is right there with me.
22For in my inner being I delight in God’s
23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
24What a wretched man I am! Who will
rescue me from this body of death?
25Thanks be to God–through Jesus
Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my
mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the
sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
8Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
There is no break in what the apostle says to the mature believer in this passage. To force a division is artificial.
“The fact is, that believers are in a state of conflict, but not in a state of condemnation, and that at the very time when the conflict is hottest the believer is still justified.”
Our sin nature has not been eradicated. We are in a fierce battle which will only end when we are presented complete in Christ at His coming.
Moreover, “The man who never strives against the sin which dwells in him, who indeed is not conscious of any sin to strive against — that man may begin to question whether he knows anything at all about the spiritual life.
He who has no inward pain may well suspect that he is abiding in death, abiding therefore under constant condemnation; but that man who feels a daily striving after deliverance from evil, who is panting, and pining, and longing, and agonizing to become holy even as God is holy, he is the justified man.
The man to whom every sin is a misery, to whom even the thought of iniquity is intolerable, he is the man who may with confidence declare, ‘There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.’ Souls that sigh for holiness are not condemned to eternal death for their sighing proves that they are in Christ Jesus” (Spurgeon, p. 275).
There is now no condemnation for the believer in Christ who is experiencing the struggle in chapter seven of Romans. Every child of God knows this struggle. No one has arrived at sinless perfection if he is honest with himself. Paul is describing his own walk as a mature Christian. “Every child of God must know this conflict if he knows himself. . . . It is an accurate picture of the inner life of the struggling believer.” The believer continues to mature through his life seeking after pure thought. — This is an accurate description of the soul struggling after purity.
This passage should cause the Christian to rejoice in the great salvation God has provided in His profound free grace. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
The indwelling Holy Spirit is the source of divine power for sanctification and the secret for our spiritual victory in living a Christ-centered life. We have been justified, declared righteous, and stand in His free grace. We are no longer under the wrath of God. We have eternal life now.
Yes, it was humiliating for the apostle, just as it should be for us to confess we are weak, and we do faith to be all God wants us to be.
“I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me. . . O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Thanks Be Unto God!