Released from Condemnation
April 1/2, 2017
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
The focal passage of this series:
He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:13b-15)
“Condemnation = A sustained sense of guilt or shame over sins for which you have repented to God and to any appropriate individuals.” – C.J. Mahaney
1. We must make it a habit to think about what we’re thinking about, in order to refuse to believe every last thought.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Instead of cycling back to vows and self-effort, we must learn to look at our insufficiencies and then add two words on the end of them: But God or But Christ.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us. (Ephesians 2:4)
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper…I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:15-18)
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
2. Stop listening to yourself and start talking to yourself.
Far too often we choose to listen to ourselves talk badly about ourselves.
Here are some questions to consider to see if you are carrying condemnation:
- Do you relate to God as if you were on a kind of permanent probation, suspecting that at any moment He may haul you back into the jail cell of His disfavor?
- When you come to worship, do you maintain a “respectful distance” from God, as if he were a fascinating but moody celebrity known for lashing out at his fans?
- When you read Scripture, does it reveal the deep and unconditional love of God or does it merely intensify your guilt?
- Are you more aware of your sin than you are of God’s grace, given to you through the cross?
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