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No Condemnation in Christ Jesus by Octavius Winslow

No Condemnation in Christ Jesus by Octavius Winslow

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No Condemnation to those in Christ
No Condemnation to those in Christ

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THIS E-BOOK HAS BEEN COMPILED BYTHE BIBLE TRUTH FORUM********************************************************
By Octavius Winslow, 1862
PREFACE It would have been no difficult task to have expanded the following pages— the substance of which was originally delivered by the author in the course of his stated ministrations, and in his usual extemporaneous mode of address— much beyond their present limit. His dread, however, of inflicting upon thepublic a volume, overgrown and unreadable—precious and alluring as was itstheme—constrained him greatly to curtail his work; thus, he fears, exposinghimself to the charge of having swept lightly and rapidly over subjects thegreatness and importance of which demanded profounder thought, and moreelaborate discussion. The portion of Holy Writ he has undertaken—it may bedeemed somewhat too presumptuously—to expound, must be regarded as amine of sacred wealth, as inexhaustible in its resources, as those resources areindescribable in their beauty, and in their excellence and worth, priceless.It would, perhaps, be impossible to select from the Bible a single chapter inwhich were crowded so much sublime, evangelical, and sanctifying truth asthis eighth of Romans. It is not only all gospel, but it may be said to containthe whole gospel. In this brief but luminous space is embraced an epitome of all the privileges and duties, trials and consolations, discouragements andhopes of the Christian. Commencing with his elevated position of 
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it conducts him along a path where flowers bloom,and honey drops, and fragrance breathes, and music floats, and light andshade blend in beautiful and exquisite harmony to the radiant point of 
no separation from Christ 
. And amid the beauties and sweets, the melodies andsunshine of this glorious landscape of truth, thus spread out in all its
panoramic extent and magnificence before his eye, the believer in Jesus isinvited to roam, to revel, and delight himself.May the Holy and Eternal Spirit impart to the reader, and, through hisprayers, increasingly to the writer, the personal possession and heart-sanctifying experience of the Divine treasures of this precious portion of God'sWord. And, if this simple and imperfect outline may but supply a faint andglimmering light, guiding the reader to a more prayerful and thoroughexploration of this mine of the "deep things of God," thus leading to thediscovery of new and yet richer veins, the Author will not regret that the oilwhich fed the lamp has been drawn from his own exhausting, yet holy anddelightful studies.And now to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as unto the Triune Jehovah, beall honor and praise forever. Amen.Leamington, April, 1862.CHAPTER 1.No Condemnation. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1.In these words the inspired Apostle supplies us with the key to the great andprecious truths embodied in the chapter, upon the unfolding of which, asguided by the Holy Spirit, we propose to enter. They contain the leadingproposition, which, thus distinctly enunciated, he proceeds with his usualvigor of mind, perspicuity of reasoning, and gentleness of spirit, clothing histhoughts with the most eloquent diction, to confirm and illustrate. He hadbeen descanting, with much feeling and power, upon the painful and ceaselessconflict waging between the antagonist principles of the regenerate heart,illustrating it, as is evident from his use of the first person, by a reference tohis own personal experience as a Christian. The question, mooted by some,whether Paul delineated a state preceding, or subsequent to, conversion, oughtnot, we think, to allow a moment's doubt. Since, from the fourteenth verse tothe close of the chapter, he unfolds the operation of a law which only findsscope for its exercise in the soul of the renewed man, and with whose hiddenand mysterious workings, the experience of the saints has in all ages
coincided. But if this argument still leaves the mind perplexed, the opening of the present chapter would appear sufficiently conclusive to set the question atrest. Having portrayed with a master pen—himself sitting for the picture—thespiritual struggles of the children of God, he then proceeds, in the passageunder consideration, to apply the divine consolation and support appropriateto a condition so distressing and humiliating. Lifting them from the region of conflict and cloud, he places them upon an elevation towering above the gloomand strife of the battle-field, around whose serene, sunlight summit gatheredthe first dawning of eternal glory."There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."The transition from the desponding tone of the seventh chapter, to thetriumphant language of the eighth, may appear somewhat startling andabrupt; yet it is perfectly easy, logical, and natural. The verse before us is aninference fairly deducible from the whole of the preceding discussion; and is,in fact, the grand conclusion toward which the Apostle had throughout theargument been aiming to arrive. Clear is it, then, as the sun, that if to thesaints of God belong the conflict of sin and death, over whose thraldom theymourn; to them also equally belongs the deliverance from the curse and thecondemnation, in whose victory they rejoice. Let us now address ourselves tothe exposition of this sublime and solemn theme, in humble reliance upon theDivine teaching of the Spirit, pledged and vouchsafed to guide us into alltruth.'Condemnation' is a word of tremendous import; and it is well fairly to look atits meaning, that we may the better understand the wondrous grace that hasdelivered us from its power. Echoing through the gloomy halls of a humancourt, it falls with a fearful knell upon the ear of the criminal, and thrills withsympathy and horror the bosom of each spectator of the scene. But in thecourt of Divine Justice it is uttered with a meaning and solemnity infinitelysignificant and impressive. To that court every individual is cited. Before thatbar each one must be arraigned. "Conceived in sin, and shaped in iniquity,"man enters the world under arrest—an indicted criminal, a rebel manacled,and doomed to die. Born under the tremendous sentence originally denouncedagainst sin: "In the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die;" or, "Youshall die the death," he enters life under a present condemnation, the preludeof a future condemnation. From it he can discover no avenue of escape. He liesdown, and he rises up—he repairs to the mart of business, and to the haunt of pleasure, a guilty, sentenced, and condemned man. "Cursed is every one thatcontinues not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do

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