Does No Condemnation in Rom 8:1 Prove Eternal Security?
Some folks teach that a real Christian won’t ever be condemned based on Rom 8:1 which reads:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
However, the no condemnation mentioned in Rom 8:1 refers only to those who are IN Christ Jesus! This can only be the case if we continue in the faith, since it is definitely possible not to remain in the Son after salvation (Jn 15:6; 1 Jn 2:24; 2 Jn 9). The KJV renders the no condemnation in Rom 8:1 as conditional for only the ones who “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The same God-inspired writer of Scripture who gave us Rom 8:1 also gave us 1 Tim 3:6.
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
There Paul spoke of possible condemnation for a new convert who would be elevated to the spiritual position of overseer and fall through pride into the same condemnation as the devil, that is, the lake of fire (Rev 20:10; Mt 25:41). Clearly, Paul did not believe in an unconditional eternal security for those truly saved.
Copyright Dan Corner.