Five reasons why the law cannot condemn the believer

lawfrom True Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton:

All this the apostle puts plainly: ‘Who is he that condemneth? it is Christ that died’ (Rom. 8. 34). He sets the death of Christ against all the charges that can be brought. It is evident that the court of the law cannot condemn the believer:

(1) Because that court is itself condemned; its curses, judgments, and sentences are made invalid. As men that are condemned have a tongue but no voice, so the law in this case has still a tongue to accuse, but no power to condemn. It cannot fasten condemnation on the believer.

(2) Because he is not under it as a court. He is not under the law as a covenant of life and death. As he is in Christ, he is under the covenant of grace.

(3) Because he is not subject to its condemnation. He is under its guidance, but not under its curses, under its precepts (though not on the legal condition of ‘Do this and live’), but not under its penalties.

(4) Because Christ, in his place and stead, was condemned by it that he might be freed: ‘Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us’ (Gal. 3. 13). It may condemn sin in us, but cannot condemn us for sin.

(5) Because he has appealed from it. We see this in the case of the publican, who was arrested, dragged into the court of justice, sentenced and condemned. But this has no force because he makes his appeal, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner’ (Luke 18. 13). He flies to Christ, and, says the text, ‘He went down to his house justified’. So the court of the law (provided that your appeal is just) cannot condemn, because you have appealed to the court of mercy.



  1. bibleprotector · September 29, 2014

    Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    This states that there is a condition. Not just to be in Christ Jesus (a believer), but to walk after the Spirit.

    Since there are carnal brethren who walk after the flesh, they are condemned. They are saved, but are producing the works of wood, hay and stubble.

    Therefore, accordingly, there are believers who are condemned, but are not damned.

    • jm · September 29, 2014

      Greetings bibleprotector, thank you for taking the time to comment.

      It might be helpful to view Romans 8.1 in light of the Christian experience found in chapter 7. The believer wars against the flesh. Keeping this in mind as we continue;

      “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,”

      Those who believe, those for whom Christ died, who walk after Christ believing He has redeemed them, are no longer under any condemnation.

      “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

      The passage states that we have no condemnation if we walk “not after the flesh, ” that is, seeking to justify ourselves before God by our works. As we can gleam from chapter 7 of Romans we are at war with the flesh continuously until the consummation of all things in Christ and the flesh is not done away with until we fall asleep in the Lord or Christ returns. “after the Spirit” would refer to walking by faith, following Christ, trusting Christ alone for salvation, which is a gift of the Spirit. The next verse reads,

      “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

      Free from all works, from performance based salvation, from the strictures of the old Mosaic covenant which demanded legal obedience and lead to death.

      Yours in the Lord,


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