“There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
I’m convinced that most Chirstians (95% + ) who hear this scripture hear:
There is therefore now no condemnation to those; who are called Christians, who have made a one time verbal profession of faith, believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God who died for the sins of the world, accepting Him as their Savior, so that from now on they are eternally secure in their salvation no matter what they do from that point forward.
Because they all believe they are following after the Spirit not knowing what that means or how God defines it. They are thinking like the church of the Laodiceans.
But is that really what Romans 8:1 said?
What Is Walking after the Spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.
“For the fruit of the Spirit is in
ALL goodness and righteousness and truth;”
“Against such there is no law” so as long as you don’t break God’s laws you are not under condemnation of the law (the wages of sin is death). Romans 8:1 is stating the obvious (or what should be obvious) and goes on to warn that if you walk after the flesh you shall die which is falling into condemnation.
Can Christians who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit and His word fall into condemnation? Yes, we are warned everywhere in the New Covenant not to.
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
What is walking after the flesh?
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:
of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Peter adds to the list of walking after the flesh:
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile,
and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,”
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak,
they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified,
and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
“Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God.
Happy is he that condemneth not himself
in that thing which he alloweth.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.”
“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
“For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
how shall he take care of the church of God?
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride
he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
“Knowing that he that is such is subverted,
and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”
“Grudge not one against another, brethren,
lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.”
“But above all things, my brethren, swear not,
neither by heaven, neither by the earth,
neither by any other oath:
but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay;
lest ye fall into condemnation.”
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes
condemned them with an overthrow,
making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”