In these claims, no reference is made to Christ. Christians can take heart that God truly does not see our sin when he looks at us through the lens of his perfect Son, who has given us his righteousness by his Spirit. But without Christ, you are lost; you stand condemned before God. Again, in the 4th verse, he speaks of the righteousness of the law being fulfilled in us; thus showing that the unspeakable blessing of deliverance from condemnation equally belongs to all the people of God. NIV Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. In part because of that he was able to be a sin offering, condemning sin in the flesh. Here is one more passage that stresses the fact that only "in Christ" is salvation found. And it must be so as long as the law speaks in its thunders, as long as conscience Revelation -echoes its verdict, and as long as the wrath of God burns to the lowest hell. It begins with a negative adverb (ou), then adds a conjunction (de) which makes a new word that has the sense of "not even" (this term can be found in Matthew 6:29). He removed it objectively, or in the nature of things, and this removal is completed subjectively in the individual through that bond of mystical and moral attachment which makes what Christ has done his own act and deed. One of these catchwords appears to have been in Christ. Their union with Him is the source of that spiritual life by which they are quickened together with Christ, and from which they derive their justification, their sanctification, and consolation. "Commentary on Romans 8:1". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". The mindset is what people think about, what they focus on (verse 5). Paul left his old life of sin and human tradition. “The phrase, to be in Christ, saith Le Clerc, is often used by Paul for being a Christian; which observation he borrowed from Castalio, who renders it, Christiani facti; [being made Christians;] but if either of them mean only Christians by profession, or by being only members of the Christian Church, this will by no means agree with this place, or any other of like nature; since freedom from condemnation, and other benefits conferred upon us through Christ, will not follow our being Christians in this sense, but only upon a lively faith in Christ, our union to him by the Spirit, and our being so in him, as to become new creatures, according to Romans 8:9 : If any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his; to 2 Corinthians 5:17, If any man be in Christ he is a new creature; and to Galatians 5:24, They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” — Whitby. Once more flesh and Spirit are contrasted. That is, we must believe we needed him to die for us, and we must put our faith in him to save us. into Christ; in Him, there is no condemnation. In Philippians three he calls it - confidence in the flesh. Christians are currently free from condemnation because they are in Christ. For them, it is as if Jesus never died for them or died needlessly (see Gal. Surely not. We must see our sin rightly and repent of it, asking Jesus to save us. He casts His mantle upon us, and we are clothed; for He is the glorious Savior, blessed for ever. This union was typified under the law in the person of the high priest, who carried on his breast the twelve stones, on which were engraved the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel; so that, when he appeared before God, all the people appeared in him, thus showing that all believers are before God in Jesus Christ, their great High Priest.