“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
Romans 8:1 is such a refreshing and reassuring verse. To realize that you, as a Christian, need never fear condemnation, i.e., God’s judgment, because of your personal relationship with Him. When you trusted Christ and accepted Him as your Personal Savior, your name was removed from the list of the condemned and written into the “Lamb’s Book of Life.” At that moment, your life became totally different as you became a new creature. Why? You were “born again” into the family of God. You changed citizenship (from Hell to Heaven). You were told to think on those things which are above. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1,2). Now, those are very positive thoughts to think on. While you are thinking these thoughts, you can be sure you will be “walking after the Spirit.”
What happens when Christians are walking (i.e., living) after the flesh, the old life with its lusts, actions and desires? From the verse we base our thoughts on, there seems to be a degree of condemnation or judgment to Christians (1 Corinthians 11:28-34). As Christians, our lives are closely and carefully watched and taken into account by the Lord. When sin and/or unfaithfulness is in our lives, God’s only recourse is condemnation and most often this means chastening. “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (I Corinthians 11:34).
Brethren, these things do not need to happen to a believer. We are told to examine ourselves in 1 Corinthians 11:28. Self-examination will prevent many problems that come into our lives, especially that of God’s severe chastening. Be sure, dear Christian, that you “walk after the Spirit” and no condemnation of any kind will ever be a fear that you have.Pastor H. Preston Parker