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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

No Condemnation in Jesus (Romans 8:1)

As we watch the news, it's abundantly clear that we are drawing closer to the end of the church age and the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation. But for those who are in Christ Jesus, we have nothing to fear. We won't be here for the 7-year Tribulation.


When we study the Bible from beginning to end, we see that there are five periods on the Biblical timeline:

  1. The Old Testament period - Genesis 1 - Acts 1

  2. The Church Age - Acts 2 - today ..

  3. The 7-year Tribulation period - Revelation 6-19

  4. The Millennial Reign of Christ (1,000 years) - Revelation 20

  5. Eternity - Revelation 21-22


Now some will say that the 7-year Tribulation period has already occurred. But if that were true, the restrainer would have already been taken out of the way (the Rapture - 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8). The events of Revelation 6-19 would have happened. Evil would have been defeated and Jesus would be here reigning on earth. (Revelation 19). But since none of that has happened, we know the Tribulation period is still to come.


Others will say, the 7-year Tribulation is just symbolic. But that doesn't match Daniel 7 and Daniel 9 which give exact details of when and why it will happen as well as Jesus' own words in Matthew 24 as well as Revelation 1:19 describing Revelation 6-19 as "the things which must take place after these things." It doesn't sound symbolic, does it? So it's a real period of time that has not happened yet.


But the other thing we need to know is the purpose of the future 7-year Tribulation. The 7-year Tribulation is God's judgment on those who refuse to trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.


Daniel 9:24 describes the purpose of these 70 weeks (of which there is one "week" aka one "7-year period" left) is to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make atonement for iniquity.


Why do they have to make atonement for iniquity?


Because they didn't accept the atonement offered to them for their sins by Jesus who came and died in their place.


Daniel 9:24 is written to the Jews. But anyone left on the earth during that time who has refused to trust in Jesus will also enter the 7-year Tribulation period.


It's a time of God's judgment on those who refuse to trust in Jesus with the hope that many will repent of their sins and finally trust in Him. And thankfully Revelation 7:9-17 tells us that a great multitude will repent and trust in Jesus during the 7-year Tribulation.


But here's the million dollar question:


How can we know for sure that believers will not go through the Tribulation?


Why should believers be spared of this devastating time of God's judgment? The answer is Romans 8:1:


Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.


For those who have trusted in Jesus, there is no condemnation because Jesus already paid the debt for our sins in full!!!


In fact, if we still have to go through the Tribulation (the 7-year period of God's judgment on this earth), that would mean Jesus' death on the cross did NOT pay the debt for our sins in full.


But we know that is NOT the case. Because Jesus said:


John 19:30 It is finished! Tetelestai (in the Greek)


Tetelestai, my favorite Greek word, means "I paid the debt for your sins IN FULL."


That means if we have truly repented of our sins and trusted in Jesus' sacrifice in our place, there is no more punishment, no more condemnation, no more tribulation from God for our sins.


WE ARE FORGIVEN!!!


We have been washed clean through the blood of Jesus Christ.


When God the Father looks at us, He sees Jesus' righteousness covering us.


In this world we will still experience tribulation from unbelievers and tribulation from living in a fallen world. But we will not experience tribulation from God which is what the 7-year Tribulation period will be.


If we truly understand the cross, then it's clear that those who trusted in Jesus' sacrifice, can't go through the Tribulation period which Jesus, Himself, kicks off in Revelation 6:1.


That's good news!


That's AMAZING GRACE!


That's something to share with those around you.


Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus!


Who do you know that needs to hear this, today?



Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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