Ministry of Condemnation
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” I want us to pick three things from this verse: condemnation, flesh, and the Spirit. One of the biggest struggles in Christianity is actually condemnation because when you feel condemned, you cannot come into the fullness of what God has called you to do. It was necessary that Christ had to come and deal with this condemnation, so that we may not be under it.
So from the verse above, what does it mean to walk under the flesh? Galatians 5:19-21 shows us what it means for someone to walk according to the flesh. Verse 19 says, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,” Verses 22 and 23 of the same chapter show us the fruits of the Spirit, saying, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” When you walk according to the Holy Spirit, the aforementioned are the fruits you produce.
Now the icebreaker here is that the Bible says when you walk according to the flesh, you exhibit those traits. But the truth is, we are not in the flesh. Sometimes, the problem is that we think we are in the flesh trying to walk in the Spirit and because of that mindset, you never arrive. Romans 8:9 says, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” You’re always in the Spirit, at everytime—when you’re sleeping, dancing, eating, at work, and at all times. When you give your life to Christ, the Spirit of God gives you a brand new spirit—the Holy Spirit. The Bible says in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” As believing Christians, we are in the Spirit by default, so we have to consciously believe this truth.
When there is condemnation, that does not come from God. The condemnation is what God has already done when Jesus died for our sins; God cannot condemn us His children again because we are in Christ, and God cannot condemn Christ again, too. For some things that you do, however, there are physical consequences and people will condemn you; the government and society will condemn you, but God cannot condemn you. The more you deal with this condemnation, you lose your voice and consciousness of who God has called you to be in Christ. Romans 5:17 says, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” You are called to reign in life by God; you ought to live a victorious life because you are a son of God by the Spirit.[00:36:11] It is this condemnation that the enemy is using to hold you back, but you have to know that no matter how “dirty” you feel you are, God has not condemned you. 1 John 3:20 says, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.” Be free from that sense of condemnation because God has not condemned you; let the love and peace of God alone overwhelm you.