Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

There is, therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). What a powerful statement by the Apostle Paul. The King James Version adds a last clause to that statement: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit“. This would modify the first statement referring “to those who are in Christ Jesus” and making the “no condemnation” apply to only those “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit“. So, it then says only the spiritually mature in Christ are not condemned. That changes the whole meaning of grace, and requires us back to works.

Bible scholars believe that this last clause, which is found in context at the end of verse 4 where it refers to how “the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us“, was errantly also added to the end of verse 1 due to some early scribe trying to straighten out others’ beliefs. The true meaning, then, is that the condition for having no condemnation on your life, is being “in Christ Jesus” period. We can fulfill the righteousness of the law, however, by walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. One is dependent upon Christ, the other is dependent upon our works. There is a place for them both. Don’t get them confused.

And if those in Christ Jesus are not condemned, why do we condemn ourselves because we stumble in the flesh sometimes? He knows our weakness. But it should be our earnest desire to walk according to the leading of the Spirit of God. That’s how we find real life.

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I would love to hear more about the word “errant” in future posts. I do believe the Word is true and powerful … not just idle words but life! I also believe that ‘helpful’ scribes and translation errors did and do exist. John 12:32 is another example, where the word “peoples” or “men” was added, which changes the meaning of the verse. What does Jesus draw to himself, if we keep the verse — wait for it, Pastor Diehl! — in context?

February 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am

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