After having taken a short break, we’re continuing with our book launch of “In Christ Alone.” The subtitle is not just a nice tagline, it’s vitally needed for every Christian: “What Every Christian Needs to Know More Deeply and Experience More Profoundly.” The essence and totality of our salvation is about being “in Christ.”
Today we’ve one of the most liberating truths possible. When we’re “in Christ Jesus,” there’s absolutely no condemnation at all. “In Him” we’re fully declared righteous!
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
How different would our lives be if we deeply and constantly lived in the reality of “no condemnation”? How many times are we hindered and even paralyzed in our Christian walk by such a gloomy sense? Even when there aren’t presumptuous sins, we can easily have this dark cloud following us, making us feel condemned.
It’s not surprising that our adversary is known as “the accuser of our brothers” (Rev. 12:10). There’s nothing Satan seems to take more delight in then continually accusing us of how far we still fall short and how sinful we are. While it’s true that we still fall very short and we’ve way more sins than we realize, there’s a far greater truth that overcomes it all—the gospel.
Whether we’re a new believer or have been for many decades, the gospel is always relevant. Actually, we’re commanded to hold fast to it: “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the world I preached to you—unless you believed in vain” (1 Cor. 15:1-2). Paul then stated Jesus’ death and resurrection as the gospel.
For a believer in Jesus, there’s absolutely no condemnation. Elsewhere Paul wrote: “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” (Rom. 8:33-34). When we’re “in Christ Jesus,” we’ve been united to His righteous life and sacrificial death. That’s why it’s impossible to have any charge against us. It’s the mystery and glory of the gospel.
Yes, we still sin, even till our last breath, but Jesus died for them and God doesn’t hold them against us: “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities” (Ps. 103:10). That’s what we have to hold fast to, day by day. While we still may act ungodly at times, God’s the One “who justifies the ungodly” (Rom. 4:5)—if He justifies us, who can condemn us?
When we realize our sin, let’s remind ourselves, like Paul reminded the Corinthian believers, that Jesus died for all our sins and that, “in Christ Jesus,” we’re “holy and blameless before him” (Eph. 1:4). Would that constant realization not drastically change our lives?
The Devotional Writer