“There is therefore now no condemnation who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:1).
Webster’s Dictionary defines condemnation as the state of being condemned, to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, to pronounce guilty. In Christ, the believer is not under any condemnation from anyone, not even in the presence God and the devil. The flesh may say you are condemned, but in reality, your inner man or spirit man is forever freed from any condemnation of sin, and that is because of Christ in you.
Because of ignorance, a believer may feel he is not one hundred percent forgiven by God, or he may feel that he is not worthy to be called righteous, and therefore he feels that he has to do something to fix it to appease his conscience. Consequently, he attempts to do good works and zealously performs self righteous works. In respond to this man’s futile attempt to righteousness, Paul wrote that man’s good works and zeal that is not according to the knowledge of God is in vain. It won’t do him any good. Read Romans 10:2-4:
“For I bear them witness that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to everyone who believes.”
In Christ, the believer is made right in the presence of God. This righteousness of God is His free gift to man, so man can be able to stand in God’s presence without any sense of unrighteousness in his heart and no sense of guilty conscience. In Christ, the believer can now face God with boldness in his heart. The believer in Christ is the new creation and everything follows in his life is new in Christ, everything becomes new.
A believer who never understand the new creation identity has no boldness to enter into the presence of the Father God. Instead of being conscious of the eternal forgiveness of God through the blood of Jesus, he is very much conscious of his sin, therefore, he shrinks in the presence of his Father God. He has difficulty in prayer, praise and worship. His conscience could not take the boldness to enter into the throne of God. His un-renewed mind thinks that he needed to do something, a sacrificial good works or something to that effect, in order to justify his entrance into God’s presence. He has no consciousness of the truth that the very blood of God, has wiped out his sins once and for all” (See Heb 9:14).
I’ve seen believers who prayed like they’re a bunch of beggars and sinners and worthless children of God. They have difficulty conversing with God because they think they are pieces of trash and garbage. And they are so proud to admit that they are sinners, and they say that with an attitude. They think that by doing so or saying such confessions, they are glorifying God. However, that attitude is false humility and pride.
The new creation’s attitude should line up on this truth: “Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 6:15).
Boldness is not the same as being fanatic. As a matter of fact, anyone who claims to be a believer shows physical evidence of boldness in Christ. David was foolishly accused by his wife as a stupid because he danced in the presence of God. Boldness is not being self righteous. You need to realize that when you become a new creation, your righteousness is in Christ. As a matter of fact, you as a new creation is the righteousness of God in Christ (See 1 Cor 1:30, 2 Cor 5:21).
You can boldly enter into the presence of God because of who you are in Christ Jesus. In Christ, you have been made righteous and you are righteous to come to Him without any sense of guilt of sin. You have that boldness of a child to fellowship with his father at any time at any place and have fun and enjoy the father’s care, his love and his security.
One of the awesome character and attitude of a believer who understands the new creation identity is his boldness in the face of his enemy, the devil and his cohorts. There is no fear in the believer because he knew and understands that the devil has nothing to do with him. The believer is bold as a lion and his enemy runs away from him, and that is because of the righteousness of God in him. The believer is bold because he has the revelation knowledge of the scripture below:
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Col 1:13).
If you only understand the reality of this truth, that Christ has delivered you from the power of darkness, the devil is shut up in your life. The devil cannot sway you from the truth, and he cannot lie about what you have in Christ, and that is because you have determined that he has no power over you. Put this in your mind, you are more than conqueror in Chrsit Jesus, and that it is the truth. And this truth is respected and accepted by every evil in the spiritual realm, including the devil. They shrink when you declare and confess this truth. The whole creation bows down to this truth. Now be bold, because the kingdom of darkness and the devil has no right and has no authority over you. You must realize that you are not in his dominion anymore.
Also, if you understand that Christ has conveyed or placed you into His kingdom, then you can always live over the top. Even in whatever impossible circumstances you maybe, you remains on top. Because you live in His kingdom, you have all the rights and privileges of the kingdom. In God’s kingdom, you have everything the Father has. There is no place of lack, no place of defeat, no place of sickness or disease, no place of evil, no place of darkness and no place of any works of the evil one.
When David volunteered to take care of Goliath, his brothers accused him of playing childish and being stupid. They said he was arrogant. It was true that David was arrogant, but not the world’s kind of arrogant, but arrogant in the Lord because the bible says that we can boast unto the Lord. That was David did. He was fearless and bold. He has no fear in him. David knew who he was and what he has in the Lord. He boldly declares, “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want …” (Read Psalm 23).
As a child of God and a new creation in Christ, you need to realize and understand that your enemy is under your feet. He is not even in your face. He is there below your sole, trampled and could not do anything against you. Your enemy belongs under you. God has delivered you from the power of your enemy, delivered you from the power of his kingdom, and placed you into the kingdom of Jesus the Son of God. Keep in mind that your enemy, the devil, has nothing to with you (See Eph 1:22).
The only way that your enemy can have a hold on you is when you lower your guard and allow him to enter your domain. James 4:7 says to resist the devil and he will flee away from you. That is a commandment from the spirit of God – to resist your enemy. Resist him. Order him get out of your life and he will do so. He has no choice but to obey the word of God. Jesus did that when He said, “…it is written…” and the devil left Him alone.
You must also realize without any doubt, that the power of darkness has no power against you. Sin, sickness, diseases, poverty, lack, sufferings are from the power darkness. As a new creation in Christ, you must resist any sting of darkness that will attempt to control you. You have been given the authority to use the Name of Jesus to cast out demons and lay our hands to the sick and they will recover. You must consistently obey the word and execute it with boldness and with authority.
Now, it takes realization of these truths and boldness of the heart in order to execute this awesome power and authority of God. We can glorify Him by living according to His expectations. God loves to see you enjoying His perfect will in your life.
“But from those who seemed to be something – whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man – for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me” (Gal 2:6).
“There is not partiality with God” (Rom 2:11).
God has no favoritism and He shows no partiality. He looks at you and me according to the new creation in Christ. If you have no revelation of this new creation, then it’s your fault, not God. God is not going to answer your prayer petitions because you deserve better than the rest of His children. The same is true with the new creation, if you are ignorant of your rights and privileges as a new creation in Christ, then you are missing a whole lot of spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.
In the gospel, Jesus stated on different occasions, that it depends on your faith, not Jesus’ faith, how you will receive the blessings of God. This is where many believers fail to see. Most of them are depending on other people’s faith during their time of needs. They have difficulty using their own faith, therefore, they depend on the pastor’s faith during altar calls. You need to activate your faith by simply obeying what the word of God is telling you regarding your situation. Faith is simply obedience to God’s word.