The good news is that God, acquits the guilty, and justifies the ungodly. The foundation of this good news is the death of our Lord Jesus Christ through suffering, and humiliation.
Justification is an act of God not man; It is His divine decision to acquit the guilty, to give all the benefits of the children of God to us who deserve hell. It is based on a transaction that happens outside of ourselves, which is the death of Jesus Christ in our place.
The death of Christ does not turn away the wrath of God from all people so, In order to benefit from the work that God has done outside of us, we must now experience the work that He does within us by the Holy Spirit. What is this work and how is it related to the gift of justification? That is the topic for this morning.
Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” No condemnation! I wonder what you would say if I asked you to make a list of the things that caused the most tension and pressure and anxiety and depression in your life—the things that make days look like they are not worth getting up for; the things that make the going on of life as it is now a very unexciting prospect.
I do not know what that list would look like for each of you, but I know this: if you were to add to that list a constant or repeated sense of guilt before God and fear of his displeasure, then life would indeed become almost unlivable. Guilt paralyzes us with depression and creates suicidal tendencies.
If that is true, then I tell you the words “No condemnation!” are the most beautiful words in the world. Come in off the ledge, there’s no condemnation! Rise up off your bed of dismay, there’s no condemnation! Take a deep breath of clean autumn air and give to the winds your fears, there’s no condemnation! O, how I want those words for you and my family and myself. But are they addressed to me? Are they addressed to you? Yes, they are.
I declare in the name of Jesus Christ that there is no therefore no condemnation for me for in Christi I live, move, and have my being. I refuse to live in guilt, and I receive my forgiveness and complete restoration in Jesus Christs’ name, Amen.
(Reality Digest was written by Apostle Panebi Wilson – Lead Pastor, Grace Reality Centre.)
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