In the Gospel according to man there are certain things Jesus cannot do. There seem to be limitations to the proposed finished workings of Christ.
The first thing we are told Jesus (Grace) cannot do is set aside all condemnation (past, present, future tense).
In revealing what Jesus has done for us there are certain “what about verses.” For example:
Question: What about John 5:14? Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
Answer: As New Testament believers, we will not come under this judgment of God. Romans 5:9 says, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” The man Jesus found in the temple was not justified by Jesus’ blood. You are! Jesus bore that judgment so we wouldn't have to (Isa 53:4-6, 11; Ro 5:8-10; 1Co 15:3). Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”
Question: What about John 8:34? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Answer: Romans 6:16 says “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” The legalistic Jews were pursuing sinless lives so that they could earn God's favor. Paul had proven that no one could keep the precepts of the Law and that the Law was never given for the purpose of justification. What God did in Christ is more powerful then what Satan did in Adam. The serile condition of the Adamic race is broken. In Christ we have abandoned ourselves to His will. In the same manner in which we were slaves to sin under Adam in a much greater and supernatural way we have come into obedience to righteousness in Christ. We no are no longer infatuated or preoccupied by sin. Those that Jesus were talking to in John 8:34 were apart of the Adamic race. You are not part of that race. When Jesus died he took Adam’s race with Him. Your life is hid in Christ!
Question: What about 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.
Answer: Paul was clear that this is a judgment of our works done in the body, it is also true that Jesus bore in His own body all judgment due our sins. Many people choose to do good things, thinking that God will be pleased. Those works that we did in the flesh trying to please God will not abide (loss to us). Paul is NOT speaking of justification; that is God's gift through Christ (Eph 2:8-9). Paul said, “We must all appear before the judgment seat [Greek: bema] of Christ. In Biblical times the term bema referred to a place from which decisions, or punishments were announced. Paul used bema in a different fashion then the time in which he lived: he viewed it more like a judges place at the end of an event, rewarding the athletes. He wrote: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” Paul’s understanding of bema was an exciting experience filled with joy beyond what we could ever comprehend.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
When it comes to condemnation I join with Paul and say, “There is none!”
According to Romans 5:10 you were reconciled to God by the death of his Son. The death of Jesus did not change God. The death of Jesus changed our perception of God. We no longer buy into Adam’s view of who God is. Jesus is the express image of God. We have Jesus’ view now. We have been given the gift of repentance which is the gift to change our mind about God. We no longer view Him through the lens of an enemy. On the basis of that you can be saved by His life and yes, walk condemnation free.
Question: Were you reconciled to God by the death of His son or at the moment of your profession of faith?
Answer: At the death of His son which when understood will always give rise to a supernatural profession of faith.
Isn’t it liberating to know that the death of His Son preceded you? No need to struggle with the notion of no future tense condemnation.
In summary, Jesus, has set aside “ALL” condemnation.
-Shawn Annis, Pastor