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The Verdict Is In



Louie Giglio kicks off a collection of talks called Epicenter, focusing on Romans 8. As he breaks down Romans 8:1-4, we see the importance of the words “therefore,” and “in Christ” in verse 1, reminding us that because Jesus sacrificed Himself for us on the cross and paid for our sins, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.

Key Takeaway

Though the reality of our fate is to face condemnation, those in Christ face a new reality: the justification of our sins because of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:1-4

Therefore refers to the big picture of the Bible: the purpose of God, the problem of man’s sin, and God’s plan for the solution—the perfection of all things.

  1. Purpose—God's purpose for our lives: that we would experience paradise with God.
  2. Problem— our sin. Our way over God’s way; not trusting God’s heart and intentions (Romans 7:15-25).

You're going to serve someone—either the devil or God. You may find yourself thinking, "What's the big deal? I can do it my own way." But you were created by and for God, and when you turn your affection to anything or anyone other than God, that's where sin and holiness meet, and wrath comes (Romans 1:18-25).

God had a plan before Jesus came—a divine exchange. An animal sacrificed for nakedness. An innocent for the guilty. Until He could send His Son to live a perfect life and atone for our sins once and for all, ridding us from condemnation.

Condemnation declares that we are unusable, and our inability to be used is our fate; except for some of us, that fate is to be torn down now and eternally.

But Paul in Romans 8:1 assures us that condemnation is no longer part of our story if we are in Christ Jesus.

Your church attendance, denomination, religious practices, prayer, and efforts to be a good person won't save you.

The law (performance) wasn’t intended to be a means to salvation, but rather a means by which we would understand what sin was (Romans 7:7). It reminds us we have a problem.

What the law couldn’t do, GOD DID. Grace through faith (not the law) is the means to salvation (Romans 8:31-34).

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:23-24

Your salvation is not based on performance but on your position. The new label over your life is not condemned. Condemned is the reality we should be facing, but because of Jesus, those in Christ now bear the label of, "justified," just as if we had never sinned.

Where does that leave you?

  1. Ask yourself, "Are you in Christ?" If not, admit your sin. Repent and turn to God. Yield to His Lordship.
  2. Do you see, agree with, and understand your new identity?

...Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:27

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:3

This is your new position and your new identity. Live out of it.


"What the law was powerless to do, God did."

Louie Giglio

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Scripture References

  • Romans 8:1-4
  • Romans 7:15-25
  • Romans 1:18-25
  • John 3:16-18
  • Romans 7:7
  • Romans 8:31-34
  • Romans 3:23-24
  • Colossians 1:27
  • Colossians 3:3
Louie Giglio

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Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.