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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Heart of the Gospel

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 8:1
Now.  Not five years from now when you are a better Christian.  Right now.  At this instant.
No.  None at all.  Not even a little.  Zero.  Gone.
For those in Christ Jesus.  And only because we are in him.  We provide everything that deserves condemnation.  He provides everything that deserves acceptance and even glory.
This is the clear message of the Bible, because God not only does not condemn us in Christ, he doesn’t want us feeling condemned in Christ.  He wants us feeling freed.
James Montgomery Boice, Romans (Grand Rapids, 1992), page 789: “Verse 1 is not only the theme of Romans 8.  It is the theme of the entire Word of God, which is only another way of saying that it is the gospel.  Indeed, it is the gospel’s very heart."

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