Posts Tagged ‘condemnation’

18
Mar

WHO CONDEMNS US?

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Who is he that condemns? Shall Christ, that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us?” (Romans 8:34).

Still continuing his legal appeal, Paul asks the question who is it who is going to condemn us for our sin. He is, of course, speaking to Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death for their own sin. Once that’s been accomplished, who now has power to judge us?

Jesus said, in John 5:22, “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son“. If Jesus is in charge of judging, how will He condemn us? He then leads us down a journey of obvious answers; four things that Christ, the Judge, has done for us that are contrary to us feeling condemned.

1) Will “Christ that died” for us condemn us? The answer is obvious. He paid the price of sin (death) so we could live.

2) Will “Christ…that is risen again” condemn us? Of course not. He rose from the dead so that we could have hope of life after death. That’s why we’ll celebrate Easter in two weeks.

3) Will “Christ…who sits at the the right hand of God” condemn us? No way. No one is closer to Father God than Jesus. And He died for us.

4) Will “Christ…who also makes intercession for us” condemn us? How absurd to think that Christ would be praying for us on the one hand while He condemns us on the other.

So, if there is no one to condemn us, then we are free from condemnation. That takes us full circle back to Romans 8:1 when Paul introduced this whole topic by saying: “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus“. We now see that the whole of Romans 8 was really an explanation of how we stand with God and what we can expect from Him. Powerful revelation of the impact of our salvation. We’re not condemned, so we are wide open to the blessings of God in our lives. Receive and live.

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15
Mar

ACCUSATIONS

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Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? Shall God that justifies?” (Romans 8:33).

Paul is using a legal argument here. We have a right to stand before our accusers. Who is there to accuse us? Who has a right to bring charges against us for our sin? Our offense was against God in the first place. Is the One who paid the ransom for our freedom going to be the One who condemns us? Who is great enough to charge us with an offense that God forgave us for?

In Revelation 12:10, as John is describing a revelation he had of Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon and his angels, he recorded: “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night’.” Satan is constantly at work accusing Believers before the Father. And Satan has plenty on the books to use against us, doesn’t he?

But once God has paid the penalty through His Son, once for all, what can anyone accuse us of? The price has been paid. “The wages of sin in death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Romans 6:23). “But God commends [shows] His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

The only avenue the accuser now has in the life of the Believer is if he can get us thinking like we’re condemned sinners. If I don’t deserve anything from God, I won’t expect anything from God. The more of a “worm” I see myself, the more hopelessly in bondage to sin I become. So, a Believer can be forgiven and yet not realize it. So, although God has called us to soar like eagles, we keep scratching around in the dirt like chickens.

Wake up, Christian. You are justified by the shed blood of Jesus, not your good works. Start walking in faith and hold your head high.

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4
Feb

NO CONDEMNATION

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There is, therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). What a powerful statement by the Apostle Paul. The King James Version adds a last clause to that statement: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit“. This would modify the first statement referring “to those who are in Christ Jesus” and making the “no condemnation” apply to only those “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit“. So, it then says only the spiritually mature in Christ are not condemned. That changes the whole meaning of grace, and requires us back to works.

Bible scholars believe that this last clause, which is found in context at the end of verse 4 where it refers to how “the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us“, was errantly also added to the end of verse 1 due to some early scribe trying to straighten out others’ beliefs. The true meaning, then, is that the condition for having no condemnation on your life, is being “in Christ Jesus” period. We can fulfill the righteousness of the law, however, by walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. One is dependent upon Christ, the other is dependent upon our works. There is a place for them both. Don’t get them confused.

And if those in Christ Jesus are not condemned, why do we condemn ourselves because we stumble in the flesh sometimes? He knows our weakness. But it should be our earnest desire to walk according to the leading of the Spirit of God. That’s how we find real life.

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18
Feb

SHE CUSSED AND SWORE

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I preached the Thursday church service at Betz’s Nursing Home this week. Afterwards, I always work my way through the crowd, shaking hands with as many residents as possible before I leave. Although many of these people are a little weak in the memory department, I always treat them with the utmost respect because I think they’ve earned that. Some of them have made this world a better place for the rest of us in days gone by.

This past week a lady was waiting to see me. She used to attend church here and I have befriended her over the years. She was noticeably agitated and worried. She said to me, “I used to be a Christian.” I replied, “Used to be?”

She said, “But I began to swear. I cussed and swore.” And she began to sob.

Not many people believe that swearing will keep a person out of heaven, but she was distraught thinking that her bad language had cause her to lose her salvation. I knew that she was speaking from emotions rather than her head, so logic wasn’t going to change her feelings of condemnation.

So I reminded her of what Jesus did on the cross for her. I asked if she wanted to be forgiven and she immediately grabbed my hand and bowed her head. I led her in a prayer asking the Lord to forgive her bad language and help her to feel forgiven and whole in His presence.

After I said amen, she immediately got a smile on her face and the anxiety left her. Satan had stolen her peace, but God restored it. We can all expect Satan to attempt to steal our peace, but Jesus is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).

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