by Ricky Chelette
“There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1
How many of us feel condemned for things we have done in our past or temptations and difficulties we have in our present? When we understand the Gospel, and what Christ has done for us on the cross, we realize that we are no longer condemned because Christ has taken on the penalty of our sin.
Isaiah prophesied about just such a Savior in Isa. 53:6 “…the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isa. 53:10 “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin.”
Or in Rom 5:18-19 we read, “Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
When we believe and trust in the work of Christ we are freed from the condemnation of our sin. The devil would love to remind us of our past and condemn us in our sin, but Christ’s grace and mercy frees us.
The truth is, you are NOT your sin and your sin should never define you. When you are in Christ, you become the adopted son or daughter of God. You are a child of the King. You are freed from a life defined by brokenness, and empowered to live as an heir to the Kingdom of God! Whose voice are you listening to this day? Are you listening to the devil and his accusations and lies, or Christ and His call to you as a son or daughter?