100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 24
You Are Free From Condemnation (Romans 8:1)
To make a case for why the Christian can live totally free from condemnation, you must back up and look at history as Paul did when he wrote, “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” What truths had he just expounded upon before arriving at this conclusion?
Let’s look at some snapshots from recent identity traits pulled from Paul’s writing to the Roman believers. The reason why you are free from condemnation is because you have been reconciled to God (Day 20). Nothing of your own merit accomplished the needed reconciliation; Christ did it all through taking your total sin upon Himself and paying the penalty of death in your place. Because He died once for all, you are have been freed from sin (Day 21), and it gets even better: you are dead to sin (Day 22) but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Day 23)!
THEREFORE, all sin produced by the fallen nature has been dealt with when you believed upon the blood of Jesus to cleanse you completely. You entered into life in the same way Jesus did when He resurrected from the grave! Sin and death received the final blow, and there is now no condemnation for the believer!
Yet, the question remains, “If God is satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself for my sin, why do I still sometimes feel guilty? Why do I experience condemnation?”
The following truth deserves attention: conviction comes concerning unconfessed sin; condemnation comes concerning confessed sin. Please distinguish between the two, because you certainly do not want to gloss over something the Lord needs to accomplish in moving you into His freedom.
You, Child of God, are free from condemnation and you walk it out every time you counter an unholy “reminder” with the words, That was nailed to the cross and is now covered by the blood of Jesus! Say it aloud each time the condemnation tries to sneak into your belief system! These words are powerful and they will alter your view of God and yourself!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Identify all condemning thoughts that repeat accusations of your shortcomings, and declare, “That was nailed to the cross and is now covered by the blood of Jesus!”