Re:Verse reading–Romans 8:1-17 (day one)
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”–v 1.
Condemnation normally referred to a future event. “We must all stand before the judgement seat of Christ”–2 Corinthians 5:10. It (condemnation) literally meant “guilty verdict” or “negative judgement”. (A compound word formed from “down” and “decision”). It WILL NOT HAPPEN to those who have joined life to Christ by faith. NO thumbs down sign from God. NO condemnation for us. We will be WELCOMED as forgiven children of the Most High!
God’s decision on this matter is already made. “There is therefore (pointing to previous truths of Romans 1-7 ) NOW no condemnation.” Not something that will be decided later. It is decided now. Like the prodigal, If I am in His Son, I will be welcomed home no matter what my years in the far country have done to my soul.
For those in Christ, no condemnation. Not now. Not ever.