(All Scriptures NKJV unless otherwise noted.)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Rom 8:1)
This means that there are no legal grounds for condemnation before God. We have been made right with God, and have been reconciled to Him. It also suggests that we who have accepted Christ as our Savior live by obeying the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Since we’re not under any condemnation, we’re no longer heirs to sickness or disease. (See Gal 3:13)
The Bible is pretty specific in telling us that we are not under condemnation. It recommends that we do not judge, do not condemn; but rather, that we forgive.
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Lk 6:37) As we forgive others, and imitate our Father in heaven, we actually operate as children of God, representing His mercy and love.
He who believes in Him is not condemned . . . (John 3:18)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24 KJV)
Not only are we declared righteous, but we’re told to reign in this life through Christ: For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Rom 5:17) Jesus has given us authority to rule and to reign!
In order to rule and reign on earth, we must imitate the saints in the early Church. It was said of them . . . these that have turned the world upside down are come hither also. (Acts 17:6)
How did those believers live who “turned the world upside down”? They performed signs, wonders, and miracles in the Name of Jesus! (Ac 2:43; 4:29-31; 5:12; 6:8; 14:3; Rom 15:19)
What does that require of us? It requires that we declare and decree the truths and promises of Scripture on behalf of others. It requires that we speak forth the word of faith out of a heart filled with faith. (Rom 10:8)
We, too, as the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21) are called to reign in this earth by turning our world upside down to the glory of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.