In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about life in The Spirit– no condemnation, full emancipation, and faithful participation. Here are some excerpts:

“Have you ever realized this almost incredible fact, that up to this point in Romans, the Holy Spirit has been mentioned only once — in chapter 5:5 where it says that “God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Whom He has given us.” But in seven chapters that is the only mention there is of the Spirit. But now, in this one chapter, chapter eight, the Holy Spirit is mentioned…”

1. There is no condemnation (8:1)

“…Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Friend, I don’t have to wait till the final judgment to find out whether I’ve made it or whether I haven’t. There is now…”

“My friend, if you are a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus…”

“2.  There is full Emancipation (verses 2,3)

“… because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His Own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so, He condemned sin in sinful man…” What does that mean?…”

A faithful Participation

“No condemnation and full emancipation means that our lives are changed! Notice this verse: “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” Now when by faith, you start to live this way, your life…”

“Now what this means is what Jesus meant, I believe, when He said…”


Life In The Spirit. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


August 27, 1989

Romans 8:1-4

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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