Wednesday, June 18, 2014

No Condemnation

- The Law brings condemnation because it points out and condemns sin. Because of our sin, we deserve punishment and Hell. But because of Christ, we've been set free from condemnation/punishment. We are now in Christ under grace, no longer under law. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." (John 3:17-18)
- "Thanks be to God, Who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:25) Since the deliverance comes through Jesus Christ, there is no condemnation for us who are in Him. There is no punishment for us because Jesus took our judgment/ punishment for us on the cross. The Law was fully satisfied in the sacrifice that Christ made of Himself for sins. The mission of redemption was accomplished. We shall never have to stand before the judgment of God for our sins. We've been declared not guilty for eternity. In Christ, we not only have all our sins forgiven, but also have a new birth/new life (walking in steps with the Spirit, not according to the flesh).
- Jesus died to forgive all our sins and wrongdoings (past, present, future...every single one). "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36) When we don't forgive ourselves and keep holding on to guilt & condemnation, it's like saying that Christ's blood wasn't enough to cleanse our sin. No sin is greater than the depths of God's grace and love. Guilt and regrets are not from God; they weigh us down and hold us back. Don't beat yourself up. If you've confessed and repented, God has forgiven you. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:7) The next time Satan tries to remind you of your sin/your past mistakes, just remind him of his future (see yesterday's verse) and of Christ's blood that washes all your sins away & makes you white as snow (deemed righteous) before God. Rejoice each day in God's gift of forgiveness and righteousness! Wrap yourself in God's unending, unconditional love for you; live freely, unashamedly, confidently & courageously!

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