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Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
April 21, 2024

When I was studying New Testament Greek at Bible college, I can’t say that I always loved it. Conjugating verbs and translating obscure words wasn’t nearly as fun as playing FIFA on my Xbox.

But sometimes that effort brought back serious blessings. Like Romans 8:1. The English itself is glorious: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Just after admitting his constant struggle with sin in chapter 7, Paul declares that Christians like us are already saved through Jesus Christ.

But the Greek is even better. The Greek begins, “None, therefore …” Paul can’t wait to tell us how much condemnation is left after the death and resurrection of Jesus—None! In English, we have to wait until the fifth word of the sentence (“no condemnation”), but Paul wanted the Romans to get the good news faster.

Isn’t that amazing?! How much condemnation is hanging over your head right now? None. How much disapproval is left in God’s eyes when he looks down on you? None. How many minutes do you need to worry about going to hell, falling from grace, or being rejected when heaven’s feast begins? None.

If you are discouraged today, read how intensely Paul struggled in Romans 7:14-25. Then smile wide as he begins chapter 8 with a glorious word—


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