No Condemnation! (Pt. 3)
September 2, 2018
It wasn’t long after we were married, that Raye Jeanne observed my curiosity about everything. On one occasion a massive storm moved through Dallas, where we were living at the time, and tens of thousands of residents lost power. Our home was without power for several days, but I happened to be home when the serviceman came by to restore our power. So I did the only appropriate thing. I went to talk to him. So he’s climbing up the pole and working and I’m peppering him with questions.
When I came back in the house 15-20 minutes later Raye Jeanne asked, “where have you been?” “I’ve been talking to the power company serviceman and asking him what he was doing…” She took a deep breath and said something like, “all your curiosity is really going to get you in trouble some day!”
I just find everything interesting and even from the time I was a kid, I wanted to know how things worked and enjoyed pulling things apart and putting them back together. I love a book like, The Way Things Work. I enjoy watching “How It’s Made” on TV (Raye Jeanne always asks me to change the channel). I enjoy finding out the back story and the inner workings of how things function.
If you are wired similarly, then you are going to appreciate the passage in front of us this morning (Rom. 8:3-4), for in these verses, the Lord gives us insight into how our salvation is accomplished — what are the inner workings of the Godhead that produced our salvation? And even more specifically, what did God do to remove condemnation from against us?
We have said that the theme of these opening verses, in which Paul is giving assurance to believers of their salvation, is that —
Christ removes every aspect of condemnation for the believer in Him.
But how is it that God has removed our condemnation? How does “no condemnation” actually work? In these verses, Paul gives us four truths about the removal of condemnation, and this morning we will focus on and expand the second two principles.
- There is No Condemnation (v. 1)
- There is No Condemnation Because of Christ (v. 2)
- There is No Condemnation Because God Condemned Sin (v. 3)
- God sent His Son
- God sent His Son as the eternal God–Man
- God sent His Son to deal with the problem of sin
- God sent His Son to condemn sin
- Because There is No Condemnation, There is Sanctification (v. 4)
Download the rest of this sermon on Romans 8:1-4.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.