Therefore now (ara nun). Two particles. Points back to the triumphant note in 1 Timothy 7:25 after the preceding despair. No condemnation (ouden katakrima). As sinners we deserved condemnation in our unregenerate state in spite of the struggle. But God offers pardon "to those in Christ Jesus (toi en Cristwi Ihsou). This is Paul's Gospel. The fire has burned on and around the Cross of Christ. There and there alone is safety. Those in Christ Jesus can lead the consecrated, the crucified, the baptized life.