The Gift of No Condemnation

Princess Arira

People often ask, “If believers know that they are free from all condemnation, won’t they go out and sin?” Well,. that is not a reasonable question to ask though. When a man is saved He is saved to the uttermost. God is using revelation of His grace to heal the broken-hearted and set the captives free. Physical healings are taking place. Wrong mindsets are being changed. Freedom from condemnation doesn’t lead you deeper into sin. It actually empowers you to break free from sin, from its painful consequences, and it causes you to fall more deeply in love with Jesus and His grace.

Jesus never condemned the woman caught in the very act of adultery. Instead, He lifted her up and ask her to go and sin no more.
In John 8, you will notice that our Lord clearly did not think that freedom from condemnation would lead to a life of sin. Now, let’s pay close attention to the account of the woman who was caught in adultery: Jesus gave her the gift of “no condemnation” before He told her to go and sin no more. Yet, many places today reverse the order and say to women such as the ones in the correctional facility, “Go and sin no more first, and only then will we not condemn you.” Subtly or not so subtly, they are being told to get their lives together first, before they can be part of the church. That’s the reason they and others are shying away from places where they hear this. It is not because they are rebelling against Jesus. It is because they have not been introduced to the real Jesus who gives the guilty sinner the gift of no condemnation!

Too often, nonbelievers have only been introduced to Christianity as a set of rules that only judges and condemns them. Christianity is not about laws. It is about Jesus and how He shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, for without blood, the Bible says that there is no forgiveness of sins. That is why Christianity is a relationship based on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His blood washed away all our sins and He fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law on our behalf. He shed His blood to make us His righteousness.

Was the woman brought before Jesus guilty? Yes, she was “caught in adultery, in the very act”.  But instead if condemning her according to the law of Moses, which required her to be stoned to death, Jesus showed her grace and gave her the gift of no condemnation. Do you think that this woman would go off, look for her lover, and jump back into bed with him after she had received the gift of no condemnation? No, of course not! It is obvious that Jesus believed that when someone really has a revelation that God does not condemn him, he would have the power to get out of the vicious cycle of sin. He would have the power to “go and sin no more”!
The truth is that Jesus’ grace swallows up sin.

Let His words “Neither do I condemn you” transform your heart today and give you the power to “go and sin no more.”

Bible references.,John 8:10-11, Heb 9:22, 2Cor 5:21, Rom 8:1. 

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