Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
Verse 18 is very simple: there is condemnation to anyone who does
not believe in Christ, and there is NO condemnation to those who do
believe in him. In other words, salvation is by faith alone by the grace
Those who do not believe are "condemned already,"
because they have not believed, since faith alone will make us free from
condemnation -- Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Jesus, of course, is the object of our faith: in the name of the only begotten Son of God, (18).
condemnation is described in verse 19. It is that light has come into
the world (Jesus), and men loved darkness (the world, blindness,
wickedness, etc.) rather that the True Light. They love darkness,
because their deeds (works) are evil, and they do not desire that light
would reveal their deeds (20).
Believers "do" the truth, which
means they come to the light (Jesus) by grace and believe in Jesus
Christ. They desire their works be manifest in the light, because their
works are wrought (produced, worked out) in God (21).
Notice Phil. 2:12-13 Wherefore,
my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but
now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
repentance and faith, God works in the believer to bring about His good
will. This is the desire of every saint of God. I pray it is your
desire; for, if it is not, then you may still be in your sins.