No More Condemnation
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Rom 8:1
It is vital for us who believe in the Gospel of God’s righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to realize that there is no more condemnation from the Law, from God and our own conscience because we are now in Christ Jesus. This realization would set us free to allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to make us holy in our daily living through the righteousness of faith in Christ. Realizing that we do not have to live for God in order not to be condemned, we begin to relax and trust the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life through us.
The Grounds Of ‘No Condemnation’
God has already condemned Jesus in our place for every sin we will ever commit. Once we become God’s children, the very character of God namely His Sovereignty and Immutability (unchangeableness), are called upon to witness to the fact that God is for us and would never condemn us.
In Rom 8:31-35, Paul substantiates this incredible truth by the way of posing five penetrating questions and answering them from God’s perspective on why God never again condemns those born again in Christ.
1. “If God is for us, who is against us?”Vs 31. The very nature of the question implies that ‘whoever’ might be against us, they don’t amount to anything because the Almighty, Sovereign God of the Universe is for us.
2. “He Who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”Vs 32. The point here is that if, when we were still enemies of God, He gave up the most precious things He hadon our behalf. Now that we are His children, will He give us less? Of course not! The ‘all things’ God promised to freely give us refer to the thousands of privileges and blessings outlined in the promises of God throughout the Bible.
3. “Who can bring a charge against God’s elect?”Vs 33. Who has the right to bring accusations or condemnations against the person who has been declared righteous and sinless by faith through the baptism, death and resurrection according to the Gospel of God’s righteousness? The answer is, ‘only the Righteous Judge Himself’! God is the One Who justified man, so He is not about to declare man unjust and condemned again.
4. “Who was the one who condemns?”Vs 34. There may be ever so many people, including yourself, will condemn you but there is only One Who has the right to and that is Jesus Himself. Now, the question is, will Jesus condemn the one Whom the Father has already declared righteous? We must again answer with a resounding NO! To do so would contradict Christ righteous works on our behalf.
5. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”Vs 35. The question really is, ‘is there anything or anyone, anywhere in this world or the spiritual realm, who can, by his condemnation, cause God’s unconditional love to stop flowing towards us?’ The point of all that Paul said in Rom 8 is that there isn’t.
Friends, in reality there are only a few believers who truly understand the depth of this truth. They mistake the condemnation of Satan, fellow believers and their own conscience as being from God. If we are not anchored in the bedrock truth of the fact that God can’t and won’t ever condemn us again, we may fall for Satan’s accusations and actually think they are from God.
True faith comes from focusing on Christ and what He has done for us through justification.
If we just focus on our behaviour as a believer, we will soon end up condemning ourselves for our failure to live out to what God requires of us.
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