No Condemnation - Romans 8

Date: 7/16/2017
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Topic: Romans
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Romans 8 - Therefore, now no one [is in] condemnation in the Messiah, Jesus! 2 For the “torah” of the Spirit of life in Messiah, Jesus released you from the “torah” of sin and of death. 3 For what Torah was incapable of, in that it was weak through the [Adamic human] flesh, God, [who] sent His own Son in the image of sinful [Adamic human] flesh and for sin, condemned sin in [Adamic human] flesh 4 in order that the righteous obligations of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk around according to the [Adamic] flesh, but according to the Spirit. 5 For those that [live] according to [Adamic] flesh think as flesh; but those that are according to the Spirit, [think] on the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind of the [Adamic] flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: 7 because the mind of the [Adamic] flesh is enmity against God; for it is not submitted to the Torah of God, neither does it have the capacity [to be submitted] 8 and those that are in the [Adamic] flesh cannot please God. 8:9 But your are not in the sphere of [Adamic] flesh but in the sphere of the Spirit, if the Spirit of God households within you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, such a person is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the sinful self-identity is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is [your] life because of [His] righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him that resurrected Jesus from the dead households in you, He that resurrected the Anointed Jesus from the dead will also make alive your mortal bodies through his Spirit that households within you. [GS Trans.]

A Short Introduction to Romans - A careful reading of Romans shows that the entire book has been a discussion of how the promises of God’s covenant faithfulness (the “righteousness of God”) to Abraham’s children are fulfilled in Jesus. Thus, there are continual references to Israel, Gentile inclusion in the Church, and the role of faith vs the Law (Heb. term is “Torah” as my translation brings out). “Torah” means something different than our typical “law” - which often implies mere moral or simple legal connotations. Torah is/was truly a Jewish worldview which included historical, redemptive, legal, moral, wisdom, symbolic and even eschatological concepts. Paul zealously held this very Jewish worldview until the risen Jesus met him on the road to Damascus. Then after some years of Spirit-powered study of Torah, he began teaching the Gospel from Torah and in cooperation with the Apostles. Paul, the Pharisee, now the servant of Christ, explains through his epistles the right view of the Gospel from Torah to Jews and Gentiles. Romans is the most complete example of this.

A Short Overview of Romans 8 - He explains that the redemptive purpose of Torah (3:21) is seen in that True Israel (Jesus) is the goal of the Torah (10:4) and has fulfilled its legal claims in the cross of Christ (rejected by unbelieving Israel). Chapter 8 is the culmination of the long argument beginning in ch. 3 and almost sings that now, believers in Christ are in the position of heirs, not only of the Abrahamic covenant (4:16), but also heirs of the new covenant renewal promises (2:28-29). “Now no one [is in] condemnation in Messiah Jesus.” No new covenant person (unlike exiled old covenant Torah-aspiring Israel) is under the Torah judgment. The new covenant believer is released from the Torah’s just wages (6:23). Torah could not do the good, weak through the [Adamic human] flesh, but God did it in Jesus. The purpose is “in order that” (Gr. hina) the justifying characteristics (2:13-14) inscribed in Torah are fulfilled in us. New covenant believers have the mind of the Spirit which is life and peace, no longer at war with [Adamic] Torah-righteousness. Like ch. 6, we are reminded that “your are not in the sphere of [Adamic] flesh.” Since Pentecost, “the Spirit of God ‘households’ (oikeo) within you.” Once again it is affirmed, that “if Christ is in you, the sinful self-identity is dead” with the promise that “He that resurrected the Anointed Jesus from the dead will also make alive your mortal bodies through his Spirit that ‘households’ within you.” Resurrection signals this full and free new covenant participation in Christ.

The Faithfulness of God
New creation is here now and coming in the consummation
No condemnation in you and no condemnation to others

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more