In this verse the Apostle Paul uses the Greek work katakrima for the word condemnation.
He tells us there is no condemnation – no penalty, no punishment or penal servitude following from a condemning.
There are only two other usages of katakrima besides this one in the New Testament and both occur in Romans 5:16 and 5:18. Both refer to the penalty of Adam’s sin and how, through Christ, the penalty for that sin has been paid for good.
In some ways this is an easy concept to understand but much more difficult to take on board.
It is as if a stranger had just walked up to you and offered you a £1,000,000. You would be looking around to try and work out what was going on. Really? The money must be fake. There must be a catch.
Paul reassures us, there is no ‘penalty’ for those of us who are in Christ Jesus. Those who are part of the body of Christ. Those of us who find out belief and peace in God through His son.
I love the way The Message Version puts this part of the verse:
‘Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. ‘https://my.bible.com/bible/97/ROM.8.1-2
How many of us feel as if we are still under that continuous, low-lying black cloud?
The Good News is that we are able to move out from under it into newer, clear blue skies.