By David J. Stewart
Jesus Christ's Tomb is Empty!
Romans 8:34, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
What a precious Scripture! Christ's tomb is empty! Muhammad is still in his tomb. Mary is still in her tomb. Buddha is still in his tomb. Ah, but there is an empty tomb just outside the city gate in Jerusalem! Jesus Christ has risen! Colossians 3:1, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
Who is he that condemneth? The obvious answer is no one! James 4:12, “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” It matters not what people may say about you my friend; if you are forgiven in Jesus Christ, then no one has the right, power, nor authority to condemn you. It is Christ Who paid for humanity's sins. Men may condemn you to your grave; but only God has the power to condemn a person to Hell eternally. Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Fear God my friend.
The Bible plainly teaches that there is no condemnation to those who place their trust in Christ Jesus...
Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
A man once wrote to me and tried to use this Scripture to justify Lordship Salvation (which is the false teaching that faith alone is insufficient to save a person; works must also be present as proof of a repentant heart). The man claimed that there is no condemnation only to those who walk after the Spirit, saying that to be saved a person must also live a faithful Christian life of obedience to all the Scriptures; but he is very wrong in his understanding of the Bible. Many people make this fatal mistake in interpreting the Bible. Matthew 22:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
Galatians 4:29 plainly teaches what is meant in Romans 8:1 by the phrase “after the Spirit”...
Galatians 4:29, “But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.”
Carefully notice that the Bible says “born” in Galatians 4:29, which speaks of being born-again by the Spirit of God (John 1:12-13; John 3:1-7; 1st Peter 1:23). Hence, those who have been “born” of the Spirit of God are those who walk “AFTER THE SPIRIT” of God.
So what Romans 8:1 is really teaching when viewed in light of Galatians 4:29 is...
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk (are born) not after the flesh, but (are born) after the Spirit.”
As Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) used to teach, the best way to interpret the Bible is with the Bible. Those who are born after the Spirit are already eternally forgiven in Christ, having there sins washed away by the precious blood of Jesus (1st Peter 1:18-19).
Oh listen my friend, I don't care who you are or how deep in sin your life may be (or have gone), God wants to pardon you of all iniquities and cleanse your sins as white as snow...
Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
What a precious Savior!!!
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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