Week of November 18 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 8:1

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

Day 1 Read: Romans 8:1-5

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Reflect: How would you define “condemnation”? Why is there no condemnation for people in Christ Jesus?

Consider: No condemnation (katakrima, “punishment”) awaits those who are in Christ Jesus, as a result of their faith and identification with Him. They are justified, declared righteous, and therefore stand in His grace (Rom. 5:2) and not under His wrath (1:18), and possess eternal life (5:17–18, 21). Christ is the sphere of safety for all who are identified with Him by faith.[1]

Respond: What does it mean practically that there is no condemnation for you? From what does that knowledge free you?


[1] John A. Witmer, “Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 469.