No Condemnation In Christ Jesus-Merry Monday by Parris Bailey
“With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud.” Romans 8:1 (MSG)

We can all sigh with relief when the apostle Paul, when wrestling in Romans 7 with the sin in him and exclaiming, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:24) Then, Paul answers that very question in the next chapter by saying, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus”. This is an amazing scripture. Condemnation, what exactly does that mean? Thayer says- “damnatory sentence, or something to be decided against anyone. A verdict, by the result of judgement.” By the grace of God, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom.8:2) No condemnation!
Paul goes on to say, “To be carnally minded is death.” What does it mean to be carnally minded? How may we know whether we are after the flesh or after the Spirit? We do this by examining what we give our attention to, the things of the flesh or the things of the spirit. Carnal pleasure, worldly profit and honour, our value of sense and time, are the things of the flesh, which carnal people mind. And what exactly does it mean to be spiritually minded? When we find ourselves wanting the favour of God, thinking about the welfare of the soul, the concerns of eternity, these are the things of the Spirit.
Jesus couldn’t have put any more bluntly to Peter when he said, “thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matt.16:24) Which way do the thoughts move with most pleasure? The man is as the mind is. (Proverbs)
Let’s listen to Octavius Winslow as he talks about the carnally minded, “Converse with the scholar of his Homer, with the philosopher of his Newton, with the poet of his muse, with the astronomer of his stars, with the banker of his bullion, with the merchant of his market, the farmer of his cattle, with sensualist of his pleasures, with the husband of his bride, with the mother of her first-born, and you have awakened the devotion and enthusiasm of the heart in favor of its fond and worshipped idol. To all this the carnal mind is alive. But alas! the end of these things is death.” You see all those things are good but there is only one thing that brings life. Seeing and savoring Christ himself.
The good news is that He gives us the power and desire to do just this: to see and savor Him. Last week Frank and I were able to go on vacation and enjoy the white beaches and aquamarine water of Florida. One day I drug all the gang to a remote state park, hours away from where we were staying. I got my wish, few people, clear waters and schools of fish. I found myself swimming all alone and not worshipping nature but savoring Christ. It was as if I was looking into His eyes as I saw the stingrays, the horseshoe crabs and the schools of fish change the color of the ocean. Being spiritually minded brings life, being carnally minded gets you a sunburn, sand in your britches and a few sea shells. Which would you prefer? Have you looked into His eyes lately and seen His world?

3 Replies to “NO CONDEMNATION”

  1. well said a lot to digest, im seeing alot of stuff in the spiritual aspect in the church we were attending, im still in contact with many that go there, it is so easy to put programs before the lord, a program for this or that, im not saying programs are wrong they can become wrong, you and many of us were instructed as young beleivers to be in the lords program lead by the spirit doing his will from our hearts, there is no substatute for this, no program can conterfit the moving and leading of the Holy Spirit, it cant be manufactured by anything else, thank god for numbers but dont get into how many that are there, dont look at how many get slain in the spirit or shout or jump up and down, if the Holy Spirit is doing this rejoicee and be very glad! we are seeking another fellowship but still love the people at this one, no amount of danceing jumping, programs,can take the place of the real moving of the Holy Spirit, I dont call myself a pentecostol or any name , we are belivers in Jesus, The alter was a big thing and the alter is needed but it is used too much as the only place that God will move, not so He will meet you anywhere you call on him, I have myself gone to trhe alter to receive prayer there is a place for this but people are thinking only the alter is were we will be heard and only there god will meet us, Jesus told us that he and the Father would abide in us our hearts should be the alter I love it when the Holy Spirit just falls on us, and then man istations of it are poured out and it is real not like people going up jumping around being pushed down by others saying they got slain in the spirit now this happens for real when the lord does it, but people try to manufactor this and it isnt real, a good emoitional high,or the flesh, if we got what is real and the truth and the Holy Spirit doing this we can get emotional but emotialism without truth is just flesh what is wrong with just letting the Lord move as he sees fit? we are looking for a fellowship that will just get out of the way be obedient to its calling not into numbers or programs unless the lord gives these to them we cant help god out he will call all this as he desires if he puts his program that he wants together there will be fruit, when his spirit moves it really moves and lives change there is no phony balony in this and its real we hope to find just plain ordanary people that love the lord, that will yeild themselves to him,seek him to move and lead not try to help him out he does fine on his own we need him not the other way around ,love you all Randy

  2. I see myself looking in Gods eyes in this since. Soaking up the beauty of his creation. I have a Passion for fishing a certain way, I take my boat out and find ponds in the marsh that are crystal clear and the key is flowing water and vegetation. I find myself mesmerized by the silence and wildlife I am enjoying. It puts me in a place of seeing the beauty of nature and how God is so amazing. It’s awesome to escape from the world and see the naturaul or the beauty of life. God is amazing!

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