“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1, NIV
Those of us who examine scripture, are quickly confronted with this very direct concept of absolutely no condemnation for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. God’s own Son has died to bring us home. We are under no condemnation, our lives have been brought under His direction. His grace has done all of this, for us.
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.”
Romans 8:31-33, NLT
There is absolutely nothing that can touch us. There is no condemnation that comes up against us. Our acceptance is total and complete in Christ. A vital faith in His Word has secured our salvation. But men still live in guilt and remorse, unable to break free of sin.
We have been counted ‘just’, and this is not a clerical mistake!
He has made us right with Him. He is now in direct intervention of the total immensity of my sin. And He is waiting for me to respond.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:1, NIV
Our faith has the capacity to make us right. As we seek this out, He makes us righteous. This is in spite of our darkness. He intervenes in our darkness to bring us into the light. We stand clean before our Lord.
Anything that could be smeared on us, has been carried by Jesus as the sin we gave Him.
He carries us on His frame, with all of our darkness and twistedness. He has become evil so that we might be made good. He absorbs sin, drawing in all my evil and taking it as His own. Maybe this is strange, but I believe Jesus Christ is “God’s sponge.”
Justification, by our faith, is His gift to us.
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21, NASB
What in the world is there to say? What words can really communicate what has just happened? Let’s just stop, and think a moment. By faith “it is just as I’ve never sinned.” That is markedly good news.