As born again believers, and as children of God, it is important that we take hold of a truth that belongs to us as. When we are born again, we are instantly made righteous (Rom 10:9,10; Rom 5:1; Gal 3:13; 2 Cor 5:21) and we have no condemnation upon us. But what if we still feel condemned, at fault, guilty or unworthy at times, either because of a dark past forced upon us, or even one we chose to live? I have GREAT news! There is no condemnation NOW…..!!
Let’s start by recalling that we are saved BY grace, THROUGH faith (Eph 2:8), and being saved through faith, we are also just and FREE (Romans 5:1).
Furthermore, Romans 8:1-4 (NIV) expands:
Therefore, there is NOW NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you FREE from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who DO NOT live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
If we really pay attention this is HUGE! It is important we take hold of this. Since we are now in Jesus, we are justified. That means that we are proved to be just. And since we now have right standing with God, there is absolutely NO CONDEMNATION for us! But notice it says in verse 4: who DO NOT live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Although it is true that there is NO CONDEMNATION NOW (by the way, every time you read that, it is NOW!!!) we may very well still be living with guilt and condemnation in our mind. This only comes by walking in the flesh, which is reflective of not renewing our mind. Romans 12:2 (AMPC) tells us clearly:
Don’t copy the behaviors of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
If we want to continually live in the mental state of freedom that was provided with the new birth, we MUST renew the way we think. With the new birth, we weren’t only saved from going to hell; we were also saved from being miserable here on the earth. So with renewing our mind, we must also put on our new nature, which is like God-righteous and holy (Eph 4:22-24). Retraining our mind to think the way God wants us to think isn’t as hard as we may think. The key is found in the Word of God.
Jesus Himself tell us in John 6:63 that His words are SPIRIT and they are LIFE. We are also told in Romans 10:17 that FAITH comes by HEARING. So what do we need to do? Its’ simple: Listen to the Words of God! They provide LIFE. The more we hear them, the more our faith will grow, the more life we will have, and our mind will simultaneously undergo renewal. The more faith we put in our ears, the more faith will be stored up in our heart, and the more faith will come out of our mouth (Luk 6:45; Mark 4:24; Prov 18:20,21; Mark 11:23; Matt 12:37). Soon enough, we will begin speaking like our mind is renewed- because it will be!- and we will be speaking the Word of God! Words of LIFE! NOT words of condemnation!
Now why is this so important? Because it directly affects the way we relate to our Father. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that we should come BOLDLY to His throne of grace. But if we always feel condemned by Him, if we feel guilt in our heart over anything, it is a lot harder for us to come boldly isn’t it? That’s why the devil wants to keep us in a mental prison. And one of the ways he does that is by sending us thoughts of guilt, worthlessness, shame and remorse. However if we know these truths, we will easily be able to grasp God’s love for us. He loves us so much, that not only did Jesus die to save our soul from eternal condemnation, but He also took upon Him the punishment for our peace (Is 53:5) AND He made us righteous before God by taking on our sinful nature. As if that wasn’t enough, He made it so that we can continually fight off the devil’s guilt trip on us through the simple act of renewing our mind!
Now, it is so much more clear to us what Romans 8:31-39 really means: No one can bring a charge against us, and no matter what our past holds, NO ONE and NOTHING can make God stop loving us! That is so powerful! Take a moment to consider this passage. The apostle makes mention of external issues-hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, or danger of sword (v.35 NIV)- none of these can make God stop loving us. We know He doesn’t put any of these things on us, so therefore it is a given that should these things present themselves in our lives, they are not indicative of the absence of God’s love for us. But then he goes on to make mention of spiritual and mental issues.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)
Nothing in our life haunting us, nor anything in our future, not even the devil himself can make God stop loving us!!! Praise God for His love! Because in His tender love and mercy, He provided the solution to all the thoughts and feelings that the devil so loves to put on us. Taking hold of these truths, we are then free to come BOLDY, with CONFIDENCE before our Father and have a good, tight, continuous and uninterrupted relationship with Him.
Friends, let us keep this before us always. God our Father does not condemn us. And if we happen to mess things up, He still doesn’t condemn us. Rather He forgives us and loves us as if nothing ever happened (1 John 1:19). We have a good Father who drew us close to Him, to never be separated from Him, through the sacrifice of Jesus who made us righteous, holy, and blameless by taking on our nature. He lets us know that NOTHING can make Him stop loving us, and that we can communicate with Him always with confidence. He wants us to keep this truth ever so present by renewing our mind constantly through His words of life. Let’s live then as He wants us to- FREE IN CHRIST!