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No Condemnation

Read: Romans 8:1-4

The law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus. (v. 2)

When I was young, my family and I once visited the lavish lakefront home of a casual acquaintance. It was the height of summer, and I had spent weeks barefoot. I was unaware of my dirty feet until I removed my shoes to enter our host’s white-carpeted living room. For the first time in my life, I felt ashamed of my hygiene.

Following the original sin, the human race felt shame for the first time. After breaking God’s covenant, Adam and Eve realized they were unworthy of God’s company. Ever since, we have feared the revealing light of God’s holiness. In our hearts we know that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). Our spirits condemn us.

God’s Spirit does not. Romans 8 presents the apostle Paul’s exhaustive teaching on the Holy Spirit. Paul calls the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of life” (v. 2). God could have left us dead in our sin, but instead he offered us life. The Holy Spirit is the very love and life of God, come to us in person.

The Spirit’s work starts and ends with this simple message: “There is . . . now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (v. 1). We cannot work to make ourselves worthy of God. But the Holy Spirit testifies that the work has already been done. Jesus took all our condemnation at the cross. What remains is God’s love, delivered by the Spirit of life. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, approach God free of all condemnation.

About the Author

Ben Van Arragon is a pastor, husband, and father of two teenage daughters. He has served the First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit since 2008. He writes and produces video teaching on the Bible and Reformed creeds and confessions. His writing for Words of Hope includes series on Jeremiah, Exodus, and Work and Rest.