Conviction or Condemnation; What’s the Deal?

1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:1-2

It’s a poplular scripture today, quoted often by Christians looking for Grace. More and more though this passage has been hijacked by those seeking to feel good about their sins. Point out a believer’s errors to them and you are likely to get hit with that biblical scripture. For the unprepared friend, this can leave you speachless with a feeling of, “that just can’t be right.”

Well you are right to feel that way, as this passage does not give freedom to sin. Conviction and condemnation are two different things, that biggest difference being the end results. Choose whether to be a convicted felon, or a condemned felon, now choose carefully mind you. See the difference? The condemened man would be on death row, or in prison for life with no parole. The convicted man has a sentence that must be served, and then is released for a second chance. The difference is huge.

Meant to set free man from being dragged to Hell by his every mistep, this passage does not release us to do all wrong. On the contrary, read further on in the chapter to see the differences one “in Christ” will display over one not “in Christ.”

12 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”

Romans 8:12-13

We are obligated to live according to the Spirit. Have you ever missed your obligations? You feel guilty right? This is conviction, it is not bad to feel bad when you have done a bad thing. Simple right? That “bad” feeling of conviction is meant to be used as motivation to be in the will of God and not your own. Conviction is actually a savior to those who heed it; as with their fixing of the issue, they are free to continue to pursue a relationship with Christ.


About Erik Pullum

Married and parent to three wonderful children. I believe that Christianity is a lifestyle that you are supposed to live everyday, not just when it is convenient.
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