Conflict -- Not Condemnation
It is very unfortunate that there is a chapter division
separating Romans 7:25 and 8:1. C. H. Spurgeon observes correctly: We once heard a
friend say, I have gone out of seventh of Romans into the eighth. Nonsense!
There is no getting out of one into the other, for they are one. I thank God with all my
heart that since my conversion I have never known what it is to be out of the seventh of
Romans, nor out of the eighth of Romans either. The whole passage has been solid truth to
my experience. I have struggled against inward sin, and rejoiced in complete justification
at the same time (Sermons Preached in 1886 by C. H. Spurgeon, vol. xvii, p.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the
one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh
the law of sin. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus (Romans 7:25-8:1, NASB 1995).
There is no break in what the apostle says to the mature believer in
this passage. To force a division is artificial.
The fact is, that believers are in a state of conflict, but not
in a state of condemnation, and that at the very time when the conflict is hottest the
believer is still justified. Our sin nature has not been eradicated. We are in a
fierce battle which will not go away until we are presented complete in Christ at His
Moreover, The man who never strives against the sin which
dwells in him, who indeed is not conscious of any sin to strive against that is the man
who may begin to question whether he knows anything at all about the spiritual life. He
who has no inward pain may well suspect that he is abiding in death, abiding therefore
under constant condemnation; but that man who feels a daily striving after deliverance
from evil, who is panting, and pining, and longing, and agonizing to become holy even as
God is holy, he is the justified man. The man to whom every sin is a misery, to whom even
the thought of iniquity is intolerable, he is the man who may with confidence declare,
There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Souls that
sigh for holiness are not condemned to eternal death for their sighing proves that they
are in Christ Jesus (Spurgeon, p. 275).
There is now no condemnation for the believer in Christ who is
experiencing the struggle in chapter seven of Romans. Every child of God knows this
struggle. No one has arrived at sinless perfection if he is honest with himself. Paul is
describing his own walk as a mature Christian. Every child of God must know this
conflict if he knows himself. . . . it is an accurate picture of the inner life of the
struggling believer. It is an accurate description of the soul struggling after
This passage should cause the Christian to rejoice in the great
salvation God has provided in His profound free grace. There is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The indwelling Holy Spirit is the source of divine power for
sanctification and the secret for our spiritual victory in living a Christ-centered life.
We have been justified, declared righteous, and stand in His free grace. We are no longer
under the wrath of God. We have eternal life now.
Yes, it was humiliating for the apostle, just as it should be for us
to confess we are weak, and we do faith to be all God wants us to be. I find then a
law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me. . . O wretched man that I am! Who
will deliver me from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our
Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the
other, with my flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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