_There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…_ *(Romans 8:1)*
The word translated *“condemnation”* in the verse above also means judgment. Judgment is a part and parcel of God’s programme even though some folks don’t think so. The Bible clearly reveals two main judgments for man. The first one took place when the Lord Jesus was judged for the sins of mankind on the Cross. The second will take place on Judgment Day, before the Great White Throne.
Most are more familiar with the latter. According to Romans 8:1, man doesn’t have to face the second judgment. He can obtain God’s righteousness by accepting the truth that Jesus was judged for him on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus became the sacrifice for our sin and paid the penalty by His death.
Romans 3:25-26 says we’ve been justified freely by His grace through the redemption that’s in Christ Jesus: *“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”* Blessed be God!
Thank God Jesus didn’t remain in the grave; He resurrected on the third day! Today, anyone who believes in Him is justified from every sin—severed from judgment. Hallelujah! What He accomplished for us is much more than the remission of sins. He ushered us into a new life; we now have a new nature. Hallelujah!
This is the Gospel: *“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”* (Romans 5:17). Now, every man can boldly come before the throne of grace to obtain mercy (Hebrews 4:16). But someday, not too far away, that throne of grace will become the throne of judgment for those who rejected the salvation in Christ Jesus. That’s why He sent us to tell the world that the price has been paid for their salvation. Jesus was judged on their behalf.
*Romans 3:23-26 NLT* For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. *24* Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. *25* For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, *26* for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
*John 3:16-17* For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. *17* For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
*Romans 4:23-25* Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; *24* But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; *25* Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
*1 Year Bible Reading Plan :* Ephesians 4:17-5:1-2 Isaiah 25-26
*2 Year Bible Reading Plan :* 2 Timothy 3:1-17 Jeremiah 46