Free From Condemnation
Condemnation is being declared guilty because you have broken the law of God and are deserving of the penalty of spiritual death. It is the breaking of God’s law that makes you feel guilty. Then, because of that guilt, and because God is just, it means that you are deserving of death for breaking the law. The resulting feeling is condemnation.
Condemnation is relentless. This condemning, accusing spirit attacks Christians mercilessly and continually. It gets us thinking that we deserve to be condemned because we have broken the law of God and because we have sinned. If we don’t understand our place in Christ and what Christ has done for us, condemnation will get a grip on us.
Truth be known, I need to be set free from condemnation because I live there and I battle at times. Sometimes it wins and I just go through my Christian life doing my best to be happy. During those times I feel as someone who has let God down and He’s disappointed in me.
There are a lot of Christians who live their life that way. It’s unfortunate that many churches don’t help people see the good news. Their people live in condemnation. They don’t understand how they can be free and be all that Jesus can cause them to be and what He wants them to be.
There is good news. The great news, the marvelous news is that Jesus Christ came to free mankind from condemnation. In John 3:17 and 18, Jesus said: For God not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (set free from condemnation). He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
This is as clear-cut, definitive and non-negotiable as possible. If you believe in Jesus, you are not condemned. Does anybody believe in Jesus today? If you do, hear this, “You are not condemned!”
You are not condemned for your past, you are not condemned for your current struggles, and you are not going to be condemned in the future. Jesus Christ came through the love of God so that men and women could be free from condemnation. That is the good news of the Gospel.
Do you feel condemned? You don’t need to. Jesus came to free you from condemnation. Condemnation kills and destroys. What is holding you back from believing Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”?