Sunday, February 10, 2013

No condemnation in Christ

Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”.

Everybody has sinned. There is not a single person and there have never been one who hasn’t sin. Exception would be only Jesus. He hasn’t committed a single sin. However, all the rest of us have. And the Bible clearly says that the reward for sin is death. Bad news huh? Well, that is the truth. God is righteous and just. He cannot tolerate sin. So, does that mean we all be punished? No, God made a plan how to shift that punishment to somebody else.  How is that?

On the one hand, as God is righteous He had to punish sin. Somebody had to die. But who? The only one who could really take that punishment had to be someone who had never sinned. There wasn’t anybody who could qualify for that as everybody sinned. Therefore, a sinless God (Jesus) had to become a man and die as a sinner (without being one) and take all the wrath of God for our sins. He did that by dying on the cross. He took all the condemnation. Sin was condemned in Christ and therefore we are no longer condemned by God for our sins. Why? Because, Christ bore that punishment for us.

Isn’t it a great reason to rejoice? It is. God does not condemn you. He justified you in his Son and adopted you to become a child of God. God does not condemn his children. Praise him for his wonderful salvation. You can be free from your feeling of guild and condemnation today, because God does not condemn you. He loves you and if you have been reconciled to Him you can come to him without fear and shame. You are his son/daughter. Run to your Father.

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