Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
CONDEMNATION: G2631, katakrima, kat-ak'-ree-mah
From G2632; an adverse sentence (the verdict): - condemnation.
When my mother passed away, I felt a lot of guilt. My mother was diagnosed with bone cancer and after about a year of being bedridden, and after suffering a tremendous amount of pain, she finally passed away. During her last year of life, she often asked me what she had done to deserve such a painful death. My answer to her of course was, “NOTHING!” She was one of the most kind and gentle people I have ever known.
However, after my mother passed away, I had a lot of questions for God. I felt very bitter toward everybody…including God. I thought, “If such a good person as my mother can suffer such a horrific death, nobody is safe”… I have learned a lot since then.
Let me give a little bit of background information. I originally intended on going to medical school and becoming a doctor. However, after doing some volunteer work, including working at an emergency room, and after actually talking with some doctors, I decided to go to Law School instead. Doctors work long, long hours, they continually make life and death decisions, and they endure a lot of stress. It is not an occupation I would recommend to anybody unless they are “called” to the profession.
My mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few years before she died, and her doctor prescribed “Fosamax” (alendronate), which she took for several years. One day I asked her if she wanted to take a walk and when she stepped down off her back deck, her femur broke. She never fell down, but I had to carry her back into her house.
We found out later that Fosamax had a well-known side effect of causing femur fractures exactly where my mother’s leg broke. They also discovered she had bone cancer where her femur broke, and also cancer in her spine. I couldn’t help but believe the Fosamax was somehow to blame. Merck, the pharmaceutical company that invented Fosamax, was later sued for actually encouraging doctors to prescribe Fosamax to people who didn’t even need it, despite the terrible side effects.
To say I “hated” Merck, the people who worked for Merck, and the doctor who prescribed Fosamax to my mother might be an understatement. Every day that I watched her suffer, I couldn’t help but blame the people who, I believed, would do anything to make money, regardless of the consequences. I also asked myself, “What if I had gone to medical school? Could I have warned my mother, or would I have become another brain washed doctor prescribing drugs that kill people?”
1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Needless to say, I began to take a hard look at what motivates people, and most important…What motivates me? I have to be honest, when I examined my life, and the reasoning I used to make most of my important life decisions, it was fairly obvious that MONEY was the MAIN motivating factor in nearly all my decisions.
Now I want to come to my own defense AND to the defense of the people at Merck, and all the doctors, and the lawyers, and the politicians, and almost everyone in the world. Nearly EVERYBODY in the world has been trained from childhood to make decision based on “dollars and cents” or “penny wise and pound foolish” or “money makes the world go around”, etc., etc., etc. I must admit, I have had money, and I have been without money…money makes life a whole lot easier!
However, making life easier for ourselves, or for the people we care about, should not be our number one priority. Our number one priority should be to obey God, regardless of the consequences. I know it is easier said than done, especially when everything you may have been taught or believe is telling you to do exactly the opposite.
There is an interesting story in the New Testament, where the scribes and Pharisees decide to test whether Jesus would condemn a woman caught in adultery.
Joh 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Joh 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
Joh 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
Joh 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Joh 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
Joh 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
Joh 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
Joh 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
It has always been amusing to me that the oldest were the first to slink away after Jesus told them to go ahead and cast stones…(if they were without sin!) One thing you can count on as you age, you will have more and more regrets the older you get. “If I only knew then what I know now!” It is not always the case, but old folks are much more likely to give people the benefit of the doubt than rash, young, self-righteous folks. It reminds me of an aphorism called Hanlon’s razor:
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,"
Old people are usually wise because they have made a lot of dumb mistakes when they were young, which brings me back to the theme of this article:
Most people are evil because they have been misled and they are completely clueless.
It is nearly impossible to be really, really evil unless you are really, really clueless. In order to be evil, you must be clueless about people, and clueless about life, and most important, you must be clueless about God.
In the story of the woman caught in adultery, there was one person present who was without sin. Jesus could have thrown stones at everybody standing there, Jesus refused to judge or condemn the woman.
Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
After everybody had left them alone, Jesus asked the woman: Woman, where are those thine ACCUSERS?
ACCUSERS: G2725, katēgoros, kat-ay'-gor-os
From G2596 and G58; against one in the assembly, that is, a complainant at law; specifically Satan: - accuser.
When we are inclined to ACCUSE, CONDEMN, and JUDGE people, we are working for the wrong side.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the ACCUSER of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
We see that Satan’s role in this grand spiritual struggle is to accuse (prosecute) Christians CONTINUALLY. Accusing Christians, or anybody else for that matter, is NOT the role of Jesus Christ. The role of Jesus Christ is to be an ADVOCATE (a defense).
1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an ADVOCATE with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
ADVOCATE: G3875, paraklētos
1) summoned, called to one’s side, especially called to one’s aid
1a) one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate
1b) one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor
1b1) of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins
1c) in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant
We see that the Apostle John calls Jesus Christ our PARAKLETOS: our advocate, our counsel of defense, our intercessor, our COMFORTER!
Jesus said that He would send HIS “parakletos” (comforter) to dwell with us.
Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (parakletos) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Therefore, we need to understand the full ramifications of what the Apostle Paul was telling us in Romans, Chapter 8. Let’s read it again, and perhaps we should also memorize it.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
IF we, as Christians, have the PARAKLETOS (the advocate) dwelling within us, then we should “naturally” defend NOT accuse, we should “naturally” comfort NOT condemn, and we should “naturally” intercede NOT judge. When we find ourselves accusing, condemning, and judging the world, and especially other Christians, then we are walking in the flesh NOT the spirit of Jesus Christ.
I must admit, I find myself walking in the flesh more often than I would like. This struggle with not being judgmental, and not being self-righteous is an even greater struggle for me than my struggle with sin. I believe the key to walking in the spirit is memorizing Romans 8:1. Jesus Christ dwells within ME; therefore, I also must be a comforter, I also must be an advocate, and I also must be an intercessor.
The Way of Love
1Co 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;
1Co 13:6 rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;
1Co 13:7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.