Romans 8:1: No Condemnation

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1

This speaks to being justified before God. That God is declaring a believer to be righteous by imputing Christ’s righteousness to them.

“no condemnation” (οὐδείς κατάκριμα) “ou” is the strongest negative in Greek. “eis” is the masculine form of “one.” Properly, “no one.”

The best English word I can use to drive home the power and finality of “ou” is the word, “never”. Katakrima is a sentence of damnation.

Paul is saying that those justified in Christ can “Never” be condemned to Hell. The passage of Romans 8 goes on to tell us that nothing in creation can separate true believers from the love of Christ. (Romans 8:37-39).

There are those that posit an unbiblical fallacy that we are in charge of our salvation, and therefore can lose it. This fallacy is foundational to the works based theology known as Arminianism. Romans 8:1 cuts this belief to shreds.

I have heard, “God is not holding on to you, you are holding onto God” when John 10:28 says “no one can snatch you out of My hand.” “No one” in John 10:28 is “ou me”. Note “ou” is used here. Meaning you can “Never” be snatched from Christ’s hand.

If someone claims to be a Christian and defects, then they never were redeemed to begin with. Believers are “overcomers” (nikao) victors. The believer will persevere to the end because the Holy Spirit resides in them. If you love sin, you are not a believer in Christ. No wonder John says in 1 John 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were never really of us.” A Christian in sin would be miserable.

To say that a true believers faith can be lost is to say that God is a liar and does not keep His promises. God is no liar! God’s elect have no fear of Hell even when we stumble and fall, though He will correct us. He keeps His word and will never abandon us.


The preceding was a transcript of a Twitter thread posted by 

thomas coutouzisThomas Coutouzis is a self described reformed and premil Χριστιανός (Christian), a husband, father, Expository Bible Teacher and studies Greek. He is also the author of an outstanding piece of historical fiction entitled Athanasia: The Great Insurrection.

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