Daily Light #4: The High Judge’s Verdict

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” -Romans 8:1

The testimony of the Scriptures and our conscience is that we are unjust, condemned before the holy and righteous God who made us (Rom. 1:18-3:20).  Yet the testimony of the Scriptures to us is also that God justifies the ungodly through the blood of Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:6-11; cf. 3:21-26).  Brethren, if the high Judge, the judge of the universe, declares you just in Christ, then just in Christ you are.  There is no higher judge, no higher court, that can say otherwise.  If you have repented of your sins and believed in the gospel, then you may rest assured and have a clear conscience that you are justified.  There no longer remains over your head the pronouncement of “guilty,” and the looming condemnation.

However, to all those who have not believed in the gospel, and who continue to live in ungodliness, the same high Judge pronounces over you “guilty,” and condemnation looms over you.  And there is no higher judge, no higher court, that can say otherwise.  Therefore, do not harden your hearts and scorn that good news of salvation.  Turn from your love and practice of sin, turn unto God, and believe in the redeeming quality of the precious blood of Christ.

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?  Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?  God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns?  Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” -Romans 8:31-34

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