Who Is The One Who Condemns?
“Who is the one who condemns?” (Romans 8:34)
We know that Jesus Christ is pleading the case of the believing sinner in heaven. “Christ Jesus is He who died, yes rather, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
Who condemns us? Quite often our own conscience accuses us. Our own thoughts and memories haunt us at times. People reinforce their own condemnation by trying to dull the conscience by the use of drugs and immoral behavior. But the truth is that one-day we will stand before God as Judge.
Satan accuses the Christian before God day and night (Rev. 12:10). Some of us really keep him busy. He just loves to rub God in the face with our sins. Every time we sin, he accuses us before God.
If you have never put your faith in the death of Jesus Christ to save you, you stand guilty before God (John 3:18-20).
Revelation 20:11-15 points a fearful picture of judgment before The Great White Throne of God. The paragraph concludes, “And if anyone’s name was not found written the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (v. 15).
Is your name written in God’s book? If it is, the apostle Paul in Romans 8:34 gives us four reasons why we are forever free from condemnation by Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross. Jesus died making atonement for our sins. In His death He turned away the wrath of God. He died for us on our behalf! Jesus Christ died in our place so we would not have to die spiritually. He died for our sins and bore the punishment in our place. Jesus took your and my condemnation on the cross, and it is finished forever. You cannot add anything to it, nor can you take away from it.
Jesus rose from the dead. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25). It is God’s way of proving beyond a shadow of doubt that the death of Jesus covers all the sins of every person who puts his faith in Christ. How do we know His death was sufficient to cover our sin? God raised Him from the dead. In the light of the resurrection, all my sins are covered by Jesus’ blood.
Jesus is praying for you and me right now. He pleads our case and says, “Yes, Wil Pounds is a sinner. I died for him, and he has believed on Me as his Savior.” Donald Barnhouse once said, “You don’t have a problem too great for the power of Christ. . . . You don’t have a sin too deep for the atoning blood of Christ.”
Jesus is interceding on our behalf in heaven. He ascended to heaven and is at the right hand of the Father because His work of atonement is finished. Nothing can be added to it.
A person in his or her sin should fear condemnation. Have you ever fallen on your face and contemplated the thought of one day standing before God? What will you do? What will you say? How will you plead? Only the reasonably minded person will plead guilty before God.
Because God is omniscient He knows every possible thing about us as individuals. He knows our attitudes, our thoughts, our "secret sins" of the heart and mind as well as our outward observable behavior. Nothing is outside the realm of His understanding of us. Nothing escapes Him. But the marvelous wonder is that He knows all of this about us in detail and He still chose to justify us by grace though faith in the finished work of His Son.
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). Praise God!
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.