The words, “No condemnation now I dread!” were written by Charles Wesley. You might be tempted to say, “He must have been an unusually good man to make such a boast.” He would differ with you sharply! He said that not because he was an especially good man. He was actually paraphrasing the Apostle Paul, a man who called himself “the chief of sinners”. My hope is that today’s devotional will help you say it too. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Romans 8:1 (ESV)There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
“Observe that Paul writes ‘There is therefore,’ for he is stating a truth which is founded upon solid argument. ‘There is therefore now’ — at this very day, at this very moment, — ‘no condemnation’ — none of any sort, — none that will lie in the Court of Conscience or in the Court of King’s Bench above: ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.’ Our forefathers used to read this verse, ‘There is therefore now no damnation.’ One of the martyrs, being brought before a Popish bishop, the bishop said to him, ‘Dying in thy heresy, thou wilt be damned.’ ‘That I never shall be,’ answered the good man, “for there is therefore now no damnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.”’ He had caught the very spirit of the text, for there is nothing that can condemn the man who is in Christ Jesus.” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit LII, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1906), p. 81]