Romans 8:1 (NLT)
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

In this verse the Apostle Paul says there is NO CONDEMNATION for those who belong to Jesus. Anyone who belongs to Christ Jesus is free from the proclamation of the damnation of sin.

Who belongs to Jesus? The bible gives us answers to this question.

Romans 1:6 “And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.”

Romans 8:9 “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

Galatians 5:24 “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.”

1 Peter 3:16 “But do this in a gentle and respectful way. [ Some English translations put this sentence in verse 15.] Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

There is a calling by God to give up self and belong to Jesus Christ. The invitation is open to everyone. Those who accept this calling will find they are not controlled by their sinful nature, but instead are led by the Holy Spirit. Sin still exists, but its power has been rendered useless. Because the person is no longer a slave to sin they are free to begin a new life apart from sin. As they come to know Christ their old life passes away and they become a person renewed in their ways and thoughts. These people have taken their passions and desires of sin and left them with Christ at the cross. Christ paid for each of those sins through His sacrifice there. And the life of those who belong to Christ, while not always sin free, should look towards keeping a clear conscience of their actions so they will not fall to shame. Those who belong to Christ should be examples to others; light that reaches out and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. These are the ones free from condemnation; those who believe in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior.