IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: IT IS A SIN FOR A CHRISTIAN TO LIVE IN SELF CONDEMNATION
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.”
Living in self condemnation as a Christian is a sin because it stems from unbelief in the finished work of Christ and if faith in the finished work of Christ is counted unto us as righteousness then unbelief is a great sin in the sight of God….For without Faith, no one can please the Lord.
It is a work of almighty and sovereign grace, to put men into Christ Jesus: by this method they escape condemnation, but by no other. I understand Paul tacitly to tell us that those who are not in Christ Jesus are under condemnation; and this is a terrible truth. “He that believeth not shall be damned” is as much the declaration of our Lord Jesus as that other divine sentence, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” As many as believe not in Christ Jesus, and repent not of sin, have before them at this moment “a fearful looking for of judgment and of fiery indignation.”
The Bible clearly tells us in Romans 8:1 that “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 34:22 says “the Lord redeems the life of His servants, and no one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.”
“If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
(1 John 1:9).
“He blots out our sins and does not think of them”
“He does not punish us for all our sins or deal with us harshly as we deserve”
There’s a difference between conviction and condemnation. The Holy Spirit will let us know when we’ve missed the mark by convicting us of sin from our past or present, but He is a gentleman. He doesn’t aim to make us feel guilty, unworthy and fearful, but He leads us to repentance. Correction usually comes by a quickening from the Holy Spirit as you read and study the Word of God, or through a minister or pastor teaching or preaching from the Word. It can also come from a fellow believer who is walking in love. Condemnation, on the other hand, is brought on by the devil, and he wants to make you feel all the bad things—unworthy, afraid and guilty.
Simple definitions of condemnation include feelings of guilt, shame, regret, fear and unworthiness…usually stemming from a past mistake or experience. These past sins could have happened 10 years ago or 10 minutes ago. Anytime we miss the mark, and we all do from time to time, the enemy will try his best to bring condemnation on us.
But there’s good news! You don’t have to live in condemnation, because Jesus paid the ultimate price for you to be free! So, it’s time to ask yourself, Am I living in condemnation? The devil is sneaky, so it’s always a good idea to check and see if he’s been pulling any of your strings and trying to cheat you out of the abundant life Jesus came to give you.
“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.”
Do thoughts of your past seem to creep up out of nowhere? Sins and mistakes from 10, 20, even 30 years ago? Or maybe you keep reliving a negative life experience that left you hurt—over and over and over. Perhaps you’ve even found yourself saying on repeat, “I wish I would’ve…” or “If only I wouldn’t have….”
This is why God tells us to leave what’s in the past in the past, and to press forward into our future. God wants to do something new and wonderful in your life, completely apart from your past, but you have to stop looking to your past in order to receive it!
Our apostle, after having said, “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin,” goes on to say, without any break, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” The fact is, that believers are in a state of conflict, but not in a state of condemnation; and that at the very time when the conflict is hottest the believer is still justified. When the believer has to do his utmost even to hold his ground, when he feels that he cannot advance an inch without fighting for it, when he has to cry out in the agony of his spirit because of the vehemence of temptation, he may still lay his hand upon the word of God, and say, “And yet there is no condemnation to me, for I am in Christ Jesus.” The man who never strives against the sin which dwelleth in him, who indeed is not conscious of any sin to strive against, that is the man who may begin to question whether he knows anything at all about the spiritual life. He who has no inward pain may well suspect that he is abiding in death, abiding therefore under constant condemnation; but that man who feels a daily striving after deliverance from evil, who is panting, and pining, and longing, and agonizing to become holy even as God is holy, he is the justified man. The man to whom every sin is a misery, to whom even the thought of iniquity is intolerable, he is the man who may with confidence declare, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” Souls that sigh for holiness are not condemned to eternal death, for their sighing proves that they are in Christ Jesus.
Make a decision today. Leave the past behind, and focus on the here and now, and your glorious future!
Yes, we know it is true, for the lips of many witnesses declare it: they say, “Jesus saved us from the worst of sins, and made us his friends by his free grace, and now we rejoice to love and serve him.” So shall it be with you, dear hearer, if you also believe in Jesus. The text shall be true of you also— “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”
God bless you! Amen.
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