June 11, 2018

The Most Beautiful Verse in the Greatest Chapter in the Bible

Romans 8:1

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Life in the Spirit

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.1


[1] 8:1 Some manuscripts add who walk not according to the flesh (but according to the Spirit)

The Most Beautiful Verse in the Greatest Chapter in the Bible

Bio | Scott Kedersha

Kristen and I got married in 2001 and joined Watermark right after we moved to Dallas in 2002. Since then, we've added four boys to the mix (ages 14, 14, 11, 9). I serve as the director of Marriage Ministry at Watermark and love getting to work with couples all over the relationship spectrum. God has used the people of Watermark to help me grow in countless ways—I'm so thankful for this body of Christ! Besides my family and marriage ministry, I'm most passionate about writing, reading, and college sports—GO DEACS!


Central Truth

The truth of this verse is truly staggering. Because of Jesus and His finished work on the cross, followers of Jesus are no longer under the penalty of sin—we're no longer condemned. The slate is clean, and we're free from the debt and punishment of sin.

Devotional | Romans 8:1

Some people say Romans 8 is the Bible's greatest chapter. As we continue to read Romans 8 in The Journey, you'll soon discover why "they" say what they say. Right in the beginning of the greatest...

Some people say Romans 8 is the Bible's greatest chapter. As we continue to read Romans 8 in The Journey, you'll soon discover why "they" say what they say. Right in the beginning of the greatest chapter is what might be the greatest and most beautiful truth in the Bible. Let me tell you why.

I first came across pornography at the age of 7 when I went to a friend's house after school. His dad had a stash of porn in his attic, and even though I didn't really understand what I was looking at, I knew I liked it. Every day after school, I went back to his house, and he soon became one of my best friends. Little did I know how badly this daily "play date" would affect and almost destroy my life. Over time, I became addicted to porn and started acting out whatever I came across.

At the age of 24, I trusted in Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believed God forgave me through Christ, but I still walked through life with a great deal of guilt and shame over my sin. I hated myself and still felt dirty, broken, and not good enough. I knew I couldn't earn my way to God with my good deeds, but I still believed His forgiveness of sins was good enough for others, but not good enough for me.

Then came Romans 8:1 (emphasis added): "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." No condemnation means God holds no fault against me, and He no longer will condemn me for my sins—past, present, and future. My slate is clean, and I am free from my debt.

If you don't believe this truth, you will still walk through life with guilt and shame. You'll continue to try to prove yourself and earn your way. You will cope with sin because you know you can never be good enough.

Instead, rest in the fact that Romans 8:1 is the greatest and most beautiful truth in the Bible. You are no longer condemned. 

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Discussion Questions

1. In what ways do you still condemn yourself or condemn other followers of Christ for sin?

2.  For those of you who've been followers of Christ for a long time, do you remember the fact that there is no condemnation for your past, present, and future sin? One of my biggest fears is that the longer I've been walking with Christ, the less I remember what He's done on our behalf.

3. Share your story of grace with someone today. Tell them how God no longer condemns you for your sin.

12 Comments available

Rachel Crow 9 months ago

Scott, thank you for sharing your story and your heart! Sometimes I let the enemy convince me to fall back into the pit of despair and forget that verse application for my life. I am thankful to have sweet friends that the Holy Spirit uses often to remind me of Gods grace and goodness and ultimately His forgiveness.

Angie Mosier 9 months ago

Love this, Scott! And, thank you Lord, for the truths of this Scripture.

Jim Wimberley 9 months ago

Great job from my best friend!!!

greg jones 9 months ago

“One of my biggest fears is that the longer I’ve been walking with Christ, the less I remember what He’s done on our behalf.” That’s a great statement. Remembrance of forgiveness over feelings of guilt leads to acts of forgiveness over reactions to guilt. These are different actions, they may only be different by degrees but when repeated over time they take lives and relationships two different directions. What a wretched man I am-There is no condemnation in Christ. Between those two degrees is a course in life. In either direction without correction are other life courses, that’s powerful to think about and act on. Thank you for those thoughts today I can see how the book of Romans can literally be life changing, world changing through individuals over time by degrees. Thanks again.

Michael Scaman 9 months ago

God is 100% for you and as Jer 32:40 says in the new covenant ‘I will never turn from doing you good’

Michael Scaman 9 months ago

Even given the struggles that go on in this life between the old and new nature 'there is therefore NOW no condemnation in Christ Jesus.

John Piper recommends everyone memorize ‘the great 8’ as he puts it, Romans 8.

Justin Bibb 9 months ago

Shame seems to me to be a self-focused response to sin. Rarely do I feel “condemnation” more from anyone than myself. But my salvation is not based on my sin, shame, regret, etc. It is based on the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He paid the perfect and ultimate sacrifice and there is no more I can add or take away from it. There is no condemnation!

Jennifer Borgne 9 months ago

Good morning Scott. Love beginning the week with this chapter, this verse. Your name, and this particular verse we start our week with, reminds me of the kung fu panda movie. The one where Po finally gets the truth of that “move” with, I believe it was, his pinky finger!? Where he says “KADOOSH” and obliterated his foe. I’m laughing at 6am This verse is Christ “KADOOSH-ing” my condemnation for enternity because I’ve accepted HIM as my substitute. Amen! Have a blessed week!!

Christopher Hyland 9 months ago

Good morning JTJ and thanks Scott I agree possible the greatest chapter in the bible and what a way to jump start it. like you sometimes I have to stop and consciously think on the fact that there is no condemnation - the more I try to do the right thing even for the right reason i can get caught in the lie - you are not good enough. I need to stop and remember - “Of Course I’m Not!!” Salvation and sanctification are both by grace through faith!

Hope Harris 9 months ago

Hey Scott so good to see you on JTJ!

What a promise “No condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Dr.C’s notes state this:“The Law condemns; but the believer has a new relationship to the Law, and therefore he cannot be condemned.”

My new condition is I am free from the condemnation of the Law because Jesus death on the cross has met the requirements of the Law.

Lindsey Driscoll 9 months ago

Scott, way to unpack an incredibly beautiful, redeeming verse of the Bible. Q1- Condemnation by definition is “very strong disappointment.” Wow, how often am i dissappointed with myself hoping that heaping self guilt will make up for my sin. What a truth in the second part of this verse of who is not condemned, “those who are in Christ Jesus.” Christ’s death is the only grace to cover my sin. I can not “give myself grace”, or In my case beat myself up with guilt and then “give myself grace” to be free. This verse reminds me that I get to live in the covering of Christ’s grace, I can abide in his grace and extend it to others; but it is only by him that there is grace.

Hugh Stephenson 9 months ago

Good morning Scott. Well said. Even though I knew the truth for years it took some awful life experiences to move it from my head to my heart.

The disciplining ministries taught me a lot and through them I experienced immense healing. Even so, it took Forgotten Fathers to drill down deep enough in my heart to fully embrace that there was no condemnation for me; even in the abortion Amy and I had in 1982.

Satan still tempts me. A lot. With two active prodigal adult children there is a lot of guilt he can use on me.

And here is “therefore’ again. The last two verses of Romans link me directly to 8:1 (partially paraphrasing); “wretched man that I am”, “Thank you Jesus!”, “I am not condemned.”

The agony and torment of the last few verses explode in one word; Therefore!

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