“No Charge at All!” is part of “A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.” The book is scheduled to be released at the end of February, 2017. If you’ve been blessed by these posts, please write a review in Amazon when the book comes out.
No Charge at All!
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.
Last time we finished with these verses. They are some of the most profound ones in the Bible. In them we have the gospel—Jesus’ death and resurrection—and its effectual results—our full justification, having been cleared from all charges.
Earlier Paul had written: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Being “in Christ” is the key to properly understand the gospel and being able to truly enjoy it. When we’re in Him, we have all the benefits of what He has accomplished and obtained.
When He died for our sins, there wasn’t one left out. He died for all of them—past, present, and future. If that’s the case, and it is, can God charge us with any sin? It’s important to keep in mind that there are sins of omission and sins of commission.
The first group refers to the righteousness we should’ve done, but didn’t do. The second group refers to the evil we shouldn’t have done, but did anyway. Jesus’ righteous life and sacrificial death conclusively dealt with all our sins.
When Paul stated “more than that, who was raised,” He eluded to the fact that Jesus’ resurrection is the evidence that He died for all our sins. As he elsewhere stated: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). God has declared us righteous as though we had never sinned and as though we’ve always done what is perfectly right. That’s what it means to be in Christ.
He concludes these majestic truths with Jesus’ priestly office: “Who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Jesus has presented His righteous life and sacrificial death to the Father on our behalf and pleads for us accordingly. As a result, there’s no “charge against God’s elect.”
The Devotional Writer