You have no problem with it because you don’t understand it.
Paul didn’t say, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who abide in Christ Jesus.” He explicitly stated, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Paul’s statement concerning no condemnation relates directly to what you said you had no problem with.
He didn’t have to say it exactly how I said it. That’s what he meant. No condemnation for those in Christ means no condemnation for those who abide in Christ.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love” (John 15:4-10).
But what you fail to understand is that there can be no condemnation for those whose sins were laid upon Christ, once for all, and He died in their stead, as God’s Substitute. There can be no condemnation for those whom Paul said died with Christ and were buried with Him.
Christ died for the whole world. Those who repent, believe, and are baptized are grafted unto Christ. We enter into His holy grace, which He gives to us as a consequence of His death and resurrection. Once we enter into the grace of God, there is no condemnation for us as long as we remain in this grace. Our sins are buried with Him in baptism so that we may live a new life, a new creation. But, we do not loose our free will, and so long as we choose to remain in His grace all the days of our lives here on earth, we will be with Him when we die.
You see, God can no more condemn those whom He raised up to new life with Christ and seated them with Him in the heavenly, than He can condemn the resurrected, glorified Christ Himself - to Whom they now belong and in Whom they now are.
God does not condemn us when we commit sins that lead to our death, we condemn ourselves. We retain our free will after we become a new creation in Christ. God can not force to heavenly life a new creature who later rejects the newness of his creation, because our Holy God is a lover, not a rapist. He respects the free will of His creation, those who reject Christ as well as those who initially accept Him but later chose to reject Him.
You might believe many things “about” Christ, Rony, but you have not yet believed “in” Christ. There lies the difference. The former is religious belief, the latter salvation belief.
I believe in Christ. I have a personal and family relationship with Him. I don’t just believe about Christ. I am a member of His Body, the Church He founded. He is my head, and I am one of His body parts. I love Him and He helps me keep His commandments, and I can not do this without His grace.
As St. Paul teaches: “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion” (1 Tim. 3:16). Great indeed is our Christian faith and salvation, the salvation Christ obtained for us by His death and resurrection.
1 John 5:10-12 “The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
As I said in my previous post, salvation is primarily about receiving LIFE - His life. Something the unbeliever cannot understand and distorts.
“And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3)
“For he will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life” (Rom. 2:6-7)
“Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. **I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. **But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another” (Gal. 5:19-26).