Romans 8:33-34 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
We stand accused. As brothers and sisters of Christ we’re enemies with Satan and he seeks to condemn us for our sin. He’d love to bring up every wrong thing we’ve ever done, every lie we’ve ever told, every mistake we’ve made. Misery loves company and the devil would love to have some company. His problem in this though is that Christians have been covered in the blood of Christ. We’re justified, no longer condemned (Romans 8:1).
No matter how badly we’ve sinned, Christ covered it all and we’re immune to Satan’s accusations. But oh how he still tries. Until the final day he’ll hunt around like a lion, trying to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). But in the end, God wins. And if God wins, we win. If He who called us and justified us prevails, so shall we prevail. How can we be condemned when the judge Himself is on our side? When our advocate, our intercessor, is the One who bled that we might live?
No accusation brought against us sticks because we’re children of God.
———- How would you act differently when you felt condemned if you kept in mind that Christ is interceding for you?
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Every single one of us has sinned. We’re all guilty before a perfect God and have no chance at perfection. We’re tainted from birth. That’s the truth. If it were the end of the truth, it would be a very sad existence that we lead. But, thankfully, there’s more to it.
Yes, we’re sinful. Yes, we’re unable to live up to a holy God’s standards and we’re headed toward death and destruction as a result. But there’s a hero to this story. There’s a Redeemer who sets us free from the condemnation that’s owed to us. We have been forgiven if we’ve put our trust in Christ Jesus.
But why do so many of us still live like we’re under that condemnation? Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies, piling on tons of guilt that isn’t ours to bear. Worse yet, some of us do so in the name of God, thinking it’s actually Him that’s given us this sentence to be carried out. But the Bible is clear, there is no more condemnation for us if we’re in Christ. We’re free from that bondage. If we’re living under self-imposed condemnation, it’s time to let it go and exchange it for the joy God wants us to have in Him.
Who is to condemn us? If it’s not from God and He’s the all-powerful, eternal Creator and Ruler of all things, then who can possibly do this to us and be in the right? No one. Trust in the Lord and freedom is yours. Condemnation is a thing of the past. Live like it.