“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
Imagine for a moment that you are King David, standing in a court of Law for committing adultery and murder. The prosecutor points an accusing finger at you and says to the Judge, “He admits his guilt, therefore his crime is punishable of death by stoning.” The judge turns his attention to you and says, “What he said is true, what is your defense?” Too which your attorney and advocate Jesus stands and says, “Father, I have taken his sins with Me to Calvary, and the blood I shed for the sins of the whole world has both cleansed and justified him because he has placed his faith in Me. The Judge swings His gavel and proclaims, “Not Guilty!”
Many Christians are still convinced that God still holds their sins against them. Not true!!! What do the scriptures say? “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (Heb. 10:14). Does that mean that we are free to sin? Yes, there is always a consequence to sin, but we were free to sin before we were saved and we are free to sin after we are saved. The difference is that before we were saved we were held hostage by our sin nature. In Christ that is no longer true. God has given us a new nature and its greatest desire is to please our heavenly Father. 11 Cor. 5:17 gives us even greater Light. “If any man is in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away, all things have become new. Even so, we still live in a fleshly body that wars against our new nature. How do we win the battle of the Spirit against the flesh? We win by renewing our minds with the Word of God (Romans 12:2).
11 Cor. 5:21 makes this victorious statement: “He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him.” That is the “Good News” of the Gospel. What a supernatural tradeoff. Our sins for His Righteousness. It is hard for most Christians to grasp, but God no longer sees His children as sinners, He sees them as Saints. We may err and at times find ourselves in a hog pen, but of this we can be sure, sheep will never be happy in a hog pen. Hogs will but sheep will not. Sheep don’t like the mud and muck but they love green pastures and still waters because that is their nature. God’s verdict for you because you placed your eternal soul into the hands of Jesus? “Not Guilty!”
Dear Reader, as we move towards our national Day of Thanksgiving, let’s rejoice that God has chosen to take away our sins as far as the East is from the West, never to be remembered again. Praise Him for all He has done! As you look ahead at the times you will sit at a bountiful table, consider asking each one, young and old, to share why they are thankful. You will be blessed. Ps. 100