No Condemnation. . .Completely Free

Posted On May 1, 2008

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“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 ESV)

 

Such a small verse. . .such immense power and freedom.  I’m reading a book entitled, “The Cross-Centered Life” by C J Mahaney.  It’s a small book, but I’m digesting it slowly.  Reading it is almost like savoring a yummy dessert that is delicious, rich, yet calorie-free.  That dessert is impossible to have!  Exactly; the cross, God’s grace and mercy, our rescued, redeemed lives, are totally incredible. . .but God still did it.  Read this quote from this book.  Savor it; digest it; live like you believe that it is true.

“Because of the gospel’s power, you can be completely free of all condemnation.

Not mostly free; completely free.

Don’t buy the lie that cultivating condemnation and wallowing in your shame is somehow pleasing to God, or that a constant, low-grade guilt will somehow promote holiness and spiritual maturity.

It’s just the opposite! God is glorified when we believe with all our hearts that those who trust in Christ can never be condemned. It’s only when we receive his free gift of grace and live in the good of total forgiveness that we’re able to turn from old, sinful ways of living and walk in grace-motivated obedience.”

– C.J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life, 39, 40

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