1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The good news is you are not condemned. There is no need to be concerned with whether or not you are condemned if you are an Israelite. Do you need to repent and believe in Christ? Repent many times throughout life and believe all the time. But regardless, if you are white, Christ took your condemnation at the cross. We can still condemn ourselves in this life and suffer tremendous loss (John 3, Romans 14). But ultimately, every Israelite is justified in the sight of God and shall be saved (Isaiah 45:25; Romans 11:26).
I CORINTHIANS 15:22
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Life in Christ isn't merely existing until you die. The desire for something more in life is not only a possibility, but as you will see, it is exactly what God wants for you. Otherwise, He would have kept us bound under some religious strain, causing us to focus on our own deliverance. Oh wait, that's exactly the thrust of thousands of groups who all claim to have the Gospel, while preaching one another into hell every Sunday. Yet the Apostle Paul tells you not to worry about it.
So this is not only about racial identity but discovering and assuming your spiritual identity. This is about God's intended mindset, attitude, and lifestyle for the Israelite- which starts in your head. Okay you're white, and now you know you're an Israelite, is there something more? Yes! For walking in the Spirit leads to liberty, protection, and blessings.
Though the phrase, "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" isn't necessarily contradictory, it isn't found in the earlier, more reliable Greek manuscripts in this particular verse. At some point, it must've been added as a note and gradually found its way into later texts. We will see this phrase in verse 4 where it actually is in the earliest Greek texts. Here's the Apostle Paul's own explanation of verse 1:
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Here Paul explains how Christ's redemption has set us "free" from condemnation thru "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus." 'They talk all the time about being liberated. What we as spiritual beings need to be made free or liberated from is OURSELVES; our carnal minds and fleshly tendencies. The Spirit is seemingly trapped in the prison of our flesh and we must set our true selves free! How do we do it? The key is controlling what's in your head. Until we see the need to follow "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" which is nothing more than living by faith, we will not desire anything more. Yet this is what makes us free to live!
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
The first step of your quest is recognizing the strong hold your carnal mind has on your spiritual life and future. Move on from worrying about whether or not you're going to heaven and "live by the faith of the Son of God"- CHRIST DIED IN THE FLESH SO YOU CAN LIVE FREE IN THE SPIRIT! The only way to be "free from the law of sin and death" which is motivated by fear of judgment, is to live by "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus"- to live by faith!
Attempting to guilt-motivate whites into serving God thru a fear of death or eternal punishment is carnal-minded ignorance. We shouldn't have to be made to feel externally afraid in order to want to please God. Flesh-based motivation never ends in spiritual results. Yet this is the basis (at varying degrees) of every denominational system.
When God's people are living by faith in the Spirit, there is no need for the law because you are living from within. FAITH IS THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT, IT'S WHAT WE LIVE BY FROM WITHIN. We don't need somebody constantly reminding us of all the rules when our hearts are all wrapped up in following Christ Jesus by faith. For no external set of rules, including the law of God itself Paul is saying, that can accomplish in God's people, only what His Spirit can and does:
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
This is a huge statement by the Apostle. It clearly points out that God has expectations greater for us than just saving us from hell. There is something He wants to accomplish in and through us in this life. There's nothing wrong with the law in and of itself, for "it was weak" or powerless only in relation to Israel's inablility to keep it "through the flesh." Understand as well, this isn't saying Christ was "sinful" but that He was "in the likeness of sinful flesh"; that He was an actual Israelite Man, under the law. Yet unlike us, He "condemned sin in the flesh."
Because Christ accomplished this on our behalf, what we are to concentate upon in this life is "the righteousness of the law" that it "might be fulfilled in us." How do we do it? By following "after the Spirit," or by being occupied with the Spirit. If all you are occupied with is what concerns your flesh or things external with this world, you are not walking after the Spirit, and will not fulfill God's perfect will for your life. The external, religious creed you may be following, is only making your flesh a greater obstacle in the quest for your destiny.
Understand, there is a relative level of righteousness attainable thru keeping the law of God. Paul spoke to the Philippians of himself in his days as a Pharisee, "touching the righteousness of the law, blameless." Yet Christ stated in the Sermon on the Mount: "That except your righteousness exceed that of the Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Paul is now building upon that foundation and teaching us how it's done.
The kind of "righteousness" Paul is speaking of here is of highest importance to those who want to walk after the Spirit. Yet understand, this righteousness is not attainable thru any external religious practices, including trying to keep the law of God. Though it does not contradict the law of God in any way and does reflect it, this quality of righteousness still does not come thru externally observing the law. This is yet another paradox of the Christian faith, reflected by Paul describing it as "the righteousness of the law." It is a fulfilling of the righteousness of the law by walking after the Spirit of Christ by faith. How do we know this is even possible? Because our father Abraham did it hundreds of years before the law was ever given.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
There is no mention of the law here. This "righteousness" is from "faith to faith."
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
ROMANS 4:1-3, 17
1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
This is all talking about being declared righteous by faith, and not just a one time thing; but it starts as a mindset which becomes an attitude, and an attitude, which becomes a lifestyle. SEEKING RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A LIFESTYLE OF WANTING SOMETHING MORE FROM GOD BY FAITH. Righteousness is like spiritual currency you earn only thru living by faith. CHRIST DIED INTENDING FOR YOU TO WANT TO BE SOMETHING MORE FOR HIM. Paul explained righteousness to the Galatians:
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
So is it clear that righteousness does not come from the works of the law or any external system of beliefs or rules, regardless if it be sanctioned by a denomination or not? How is it accounted unto us? Only by faith and ONLY by God. None of us were Pharisees or Judaeans going to the temple for the feasts and offering sacrifices, like Paul was when he met Christ. Paul's point is: it makes no difference because only Christ could keep the law perfectly on our behalf and we can walk after the Spirit which is better anyway. Paul reveals from personal experience that even the best of external observations of God's law, does not compare to the power in walking after the Spirit in one's life as you can do.
Walking in the Spirit is living above the law because it is obeying God from the inside out from a heart of love for Him. This is "what the law could not do." Yes, in the sight of God, Christ's righteousness was imputed unto our account by His redemptive work. But the practical fulfillment of righteousness being accomplished in us comes thru following "after the Spirit." Israelites externally trying to follow the law never has worked and it never will; we must do it inwardly by faith.
As Israelites, when we are out of control by allowing our carnal mind to guide us (walking after the flesh), the law is there to warn us and correct us when we've gone too far. But when we are walking after the Spirit and living by faith, we are living so that "the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us." Christ put it this way in the Sermon on the Mount:
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The positive, practical objective of God for Israel in general is that we reflect His righteousness. Merely existing until we die with an appeased conscience is not the goal and is contrary to the Scriptures. God's righteousness is what we want, and wanting this righteousness is wanting something more by faith. Only for the white race is there a choice between perceiving things thru the carnal, fleshly mindset of the world, or thru the spiritual mindset from within. Basically what it comes down to is if you are basing your thoughts and perspective only on what you experience thru your senses, or with the intuition provided by the indwelling Spirit of God- it's all in your head. God renders His righteousness only thru faith and only to believers.