That Was Then, But This Is Now!
2015 Frieda P. Smith
Our text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message is taken from Romans 8:1. In the book of Romans, we find the foundation of our Christian faith; here we find what is known as “The plan of Salvation.” and the Apostle Paul focuses on the fact that salvation is given freely to all who call upon the name of the Lord.
As the Apostle Paul was a Jew, he highlighted the truth of the Gospel: that Jesus’ death and resurrection ushered in a new system for paying the price for sin. The old way under the law required an offering before the priest, but glory to God, that was then, but this is now! After Jesus—Who knew no sin—shed His blood on Calvary, all of the prior requirements became null and void. Jesus’ blood sacrifice on Calvary was a “once and for all” sacrifice for the sins of all, Jews included.
Hence, in Romans 8:1, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
The Greek word for “condemnation” literally means “judgment or a sentence that threatens damnation.” The dictionary’s definition for “condemnation” is, “the act of pronouncing to be wrong…to blame or to judge.”
We have judicial or a court system that has been set up to pass judgment in certain cases under its jurisdiction, and when someone is found guilty, they come under condemnation. The guilty party is given a sentence designed to determine the individual to be a bad person; a person worthy of harsh treatment; person deserving of punishment.
When a person is found guilty, the media has a field day. The person’s picture is splattered on the front page of the paper or the media outlets, looking his or her absolute worst. The word, “Guilty” is written above his or her head. The purpose is to bring condemnation upon the person who has been found guilty of the crime.
In the natural, condemnation keeps the guilty party bound, laying blame, and in shame. Condemnation brings on feelings of self-hatred and low self-worth. But for those of us who are believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, we do not have to deal with condemnation!
You see, Jesus Christ removes the condemnation from the sinner. In other words, we commit sin and are guilty, but because of our relationship to Jesus Christ, we are no longer judged as bad people worthy of harsh treatment or punishment. Yes, we are guilty and deserving of punishment, but we are no longer facing eternal damnation.
Somebody needs to thank God there is no more condemnation! You did some foul stuff in the past, but that was then, and this is now! Now you surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and are now walking according to the Spirit! Therefore, there is no condemnation! Regardless of what the world says and how the world treats you, that was then, but this is now! You are a new creature in Christ!
And one last thing…the verse concludes, “There is now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus…”
People of God, there is a big difference between being in church and in being in Christ Jesus.
You see, we can be in church and remain comfortable in sin. How do I know? Because I been there! I am not like you. I have attended church all of my life, but I have not been saved all of my life.
Before I was saved, I was in church on Sunday, but did what I pleased the rest of the week (hello somebody!).
But glory to God, when I finally surrendered my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and put more importance on being in Christ than being in church, the Holy Spirit began convicting me of my sin. Once conviction came, I became uncomfortable with what I had been doing. After a while, it became so uncomfortable that I had to stop altogether.
The closer I moved in Christ, the more uncomfortable sin became, because we cannot be in Christ and remain comfortable in sin.
So I encourage someone who is struggling with sin in your life to get in Christ Jesus.
Don’t just hang around the edges! Take the plunge! Get in Christ Jesus!
Don’t just go to church—get in Christ Jesus! Your life will never be the same! (You really don;t know what you’re missing!)
It does not matter what you have done in the past. If you repent of your sins, Jesus Christ will accept you!
That was then, but this is now!
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