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LECTURES ON SEVENTEENTH CHAPTER OF ST.
LECTURES ON THE
EIGHTH CHAPTER OF ST. PAUL'S EPISTLE
TO THE ROMANS.
BY THE REV.
MARCUS RAINSFORD, B.A.,
Minister of Belgrave Chapel, London.
27, PATERNOSTER ROW.
“There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.”—Rom. viii. 1.
'HE Epistle to the Romans is a gem of Divine truth
in the midst of the New Testament, and the eighth chapter is the gem in the midst of the Epistle. It sets forth the position of every true believer in the Lord Jesus
Christ, and there is not a single promise or privilege contained therein but what belongs equally to every believer. Of course some apprehend these things more than others, and some live by faith in them more than others. The greatest Christian is he who knows God best and most, and lives most upon Him ; but the veriest babe in the family of God inherits all his Father's fulness.
This chapter then sets forth some of the privileges bestowed by our Heavenly Father on all His children, for their supply, for their security, for their happiness, and their fruitfulness. Oh, may His Spirit write them in our hearts !
Mark well these three expressions, “Therefore," " now," no condemnation.” He does not say there is no matter for condemnation. He is addressing sinners, though they are not condemned for their sin, and cannot be because they are in Christ Jesus; and as well might Christ be condemned as the man that is in Christ; "therefore there is now no condemnation.” It is not said, there are no faults, no failures, no infirmities, no inconsistencies, no