“There is therefore now no condemnation.” Romans 8:1
If you’re like me, you probably deal with feelings of guilt and condemnation in your life from time to time. For some, these feelings can become crippling and eventually detrimental to their walk with Jesus. I think one of the greatest weapons we have in our arsenal against this is the knowledge of all that Christ did for us through His life, death, and resurrection. I would like to remind us all of some of these wonderful truths today.
First, if you belong to Christ you have been totally cleared from guilt. You have been justified in Christ. You have been set free from the prison of guilt into which we are all born. You are free, and free indeed! This freedom in Jesus is staggering in it’s implications. We have freedom to boldly approach the throne of God. As we approach the throne, we don’t have to fear the wrath of God because there is no wrath for the innocent…..and in Christ you are innocent.
Before Jesus you were cut off from God and had no relationship with your creator, but now you are His child. You are invited to call Him Abbah (daddy). The reality of Hell was once a terrifying thought, but the fear of it should be gone for those in Christ because there is no punishment for the guiltless…..and in Christ you are guiltless.
Have you ever thought of what it would be like had you never sinned at all in your life? Well, in Christ, we actually experience this reality because in Him our sins have been covered. Because Jesus kept and fulfilled the Law, if you are in Him, His keeping of that Law counts for you. The love and blessings of perfect obedience are yours because Jesus was perfectly obedient in our place.
The Gospel is staggering, beautiful, transforming, and freeing in a way that should impact our lives every day. So today my friends, live and love as free men and women if you belong to Christ. In Him there is NO condemnation!! Let this truth encourage and strengthen you today.