Picture the Lord Jesus Christ with the woman who was caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. His words to here were, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.” This message of no condemnation would fill the gap in her soul, which she would never have to fill again with adultery. If we are not stirred up in this reality, our tendency as justified people will be to condemn an already condemned race (John 3:18). Therefore, let us never forget that we, as believers in Christ, are the possessors of a no-condemnation Gospel.
Consider the glory of this statement, uttered by the Savior right after John 3:16. “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him, might be saved” (John 3:17). See the Master rebuke the wayward disciples who desired, like Elijah, to rain fire down upon the Samaritans who rejected the Lord – “You do not know of what sort of spirit you are, for the Son of man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save” (Luke 9:55b-56a, Amplified). May we always recall and the appreciate the reality of Romans 8:1 that we possess not a word of condemnation, but one of reconciliation as God makes His appeal through us, “Be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (II Corinthians 5:20b-21).