THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
Once you are born again there is no condemnation for the believer who does not denounce Jesus Christ. The word condemnation is defined as a damnatory sentence or judgement of guilt. The reason is because the old sinful man within has been done away with and we are made new. Jesus on the cross not only bore our sin, He bore the punishment our sin deserved.
This is why in Isaiah’s prophecy about Jesus, he said that Jesus was stricken and smitten by God. Jesus then went into hell itself paying the full price for our sin and the judgement that is to come for the sin of man. So the damnation (separation from God) that man deserved has been taken away for those who receive Christ as their Savior, as long as they do not lose their confidence steadfast to the end as revealed in Hebrews 3:14.
He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. If we still focus on and see ourselves through the fleshly man on the outside, we will feel condemned. But if we see what God sees, our new spirit man within, choose to not live according to the flesh but live in accordance with this new nature within us, we will not feel condemned for we will see our new nature. Become spirit conscious and spirit led, governed by your new nature, and you will not fall prey to feeling condemned.
“For I am the LORD, I do not change;…”
In this day in which we live we have certainly seen things change very quickly in our world today. I have seen things happen I never thought I would see in my lifetime. In the midst of this ever changing world, there is one thing we can secure ourselves to Who never changes, our God. Here in Malachi God stated the fact that He does not change. In Hebrews 13:8 we are told Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Let me share a couple of powerful truths about our never changing God.
First of all because God never changes we don’t have to keep buying a new and different Bible to try and figure out how God does things. All we have to do is go to His Word, learn of God and His ways, and adapt our life to Him, and see our lives change for the better. Many times people say certain things that happen are from God or are His doing, but once you get in the Word and learn of Him you can know what is of God and what is not of God. Many are deceived because they have not come to know Him through His Word.
Another powerful truth about our unchanging God as stated in 2 Corinthians 1:20 is that every promise He has provided in Christ is available to us. Some still do not know that all the promises of God are for everyone, to which we are to give our amen, exercising faith to receive them. He does not have favorites, we simply have to believe in what Jesus has already done for us. He does not change His mind about any of His promises. So in this ever changing world choose to look too and walk with our unchanging God who never changes. You will be glad you did.
being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
In Christ we have justification given to us as a gift. You don’t earn a gift you simply receive it. Justified means you have been “Declared Righteous” (made right with God). This was all made possible through the redeeming work of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Redemption refers to an exchange, or a release, provided by the payment of a ransom.
For example in a movie where someone is taken captive by evil men, they may require a ransom to be given for the release of the one that they have taken captive. Through the fall of Adam, sin has taken mankind captive and held them in bondage to it’s destructive ways. Jesus came as our payment, our ransom to deliver us from sin and it’s destructive ways. We could not free ourselves, but He had the power to free us.
Jesus died and went into hell paying the ransom for our deliverance. For all who receive Him, they can now be free from the power of sin and darkness. He did not die so that we could claim to be like Him and yet choose to live with sin. He died so that we in accepting His payment for us could choose to walk away from sin, being liberated from that old sin nature, and now live for and with God, because we have been given right standing with Him. Choose to walk in the liberty you have been given by walking with God, not with the world from whom Jesus paid the price to liberate you from.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
God sees everyone who is born again as more than a conqueror because of what Christ has done. This simply means we are able to overcome all things. One who is just a conqueror may be able to overcome some things, but those who are more than conquerors are able to overcome any challenge they may face. Why then do many believers seem to be overcome instead of overcoming in areas of their life?
Notice it says we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. One translation of this verse says we overcome all things through His love. You see a key to overcoming in life is not just knowing God loves you, but believing in the love He has for you. There is a difference. In 1 John 4:16, John said that he knew and BELIEVED in the love God has for him. To know God loves you is head knowledge, but to believe God loves you is revelation of this truth in you heart. This word believe means to trust in obtaining or doing something.
If we believe God truly loves us in our hearts we will have absolute trust in His Word, knowing every promise is yes and amen. Many do not walk in the surpassing victory they have in Christ because they lack faith in how much God loves them. If you believe He loves you, God’s perfect love casts out all fear. You will never question God nor doubt His Word when you have faith in His love for you. He proved His love on the cross, so get it settled in your heart how much God loves you. When you do this will help you to walk in the glorious victory He has already provided.
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; …
God has revealed His love for us by sending Jesus to the cross. There is no doubt about how much God loves us, for that love was revealed to us when Christ bore our sin, sickness, punishment, and shame on the cross. Greater love has no one then to lay down their life for another. But how is our love for Jesus revealed. Jesus tells us in the above verse.
If we truly love Him we will keep His Word. When you talk about obedience to the Word of God today, many say you are teaching legalism and bondage. But obedience to God’s Word brings liberty not bondage. Jesus said if you become one with His Word, you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. God’s love for us is the motivator that causes us to be obedient to His Word.
In the Old Testament they were to obey God’s Word because it was the law. In the New Testament we obey the Word of God because of love. Faith works through love. Faith is acting upon and in line with the Word of God. But our faith only works when we do so because we love Him. Our love for the Lord is revealed in our obedience to Him, for if we love Him, we will keep His Word.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Many still do not understand the power of their words. They don’t realize for example when they say things like my arthritis, my cancer, my diabetes, etc; it is the same as a package being delivered to your front door and you sign for the package accepting it as yours. Once you do the devil has the right to leave it with you. For faith to work you must believe in your heart what God has said and you must then speak in line with His Word, holding fast to your confession of faith.
It is vital that when faith is released through our words to stay in faith. That is what this verse in Hebrews is telling us. We must hold fast to our profession of faith. The word profession means to say the same thing. This has a two fold meaning. First you must say what God has said. Every promise God has given us through Christ Jesus God has said is already yours. You must, like God, call those things that be not as if they are already so. Faith believes it receives when you pray, and therefore you declare you already have what you have asked of God.
The second key of saying the same thing is you never stop declaring what God’s Word says. Your confession does not change. When God gave Abram a promise to be a father of a multitude He changed his name to Abraham, which means father of a multitude. Abraham never went back to calling himself Abram after that. He kept saying what God had said, and he became exactly what God and he said. Faith will not work unless you hold fast your profession, saying the same thing God says about you.
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
The fourth work of redemption that Christ has completed within the heart of every believer is the work of regeneration. Regeneration is the new birth, the rebirth of the human spirit. When someone puts their faith in Christ and calls upon Him for salvation with repentance, there is a rebirthing of a new spirit man within them. The washing away of the old man and the renewing of the Holy Spirit coming to live within us takes place.
In this area of a believers life the devil tries to convince us that we are who we are, we cannot change. He tries to get us to fall for this lie so that we continue to live by the old natures habits and ways so that he can keep us in bondage to that old nature. But once the spirit on the inside becomes new, we can now as scripture teaches us, walk in newness of life. Anything about our outward behavior and way of living can change.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.
You can change anything about you life for you are not who you used to be. A new way of living has come for the believer. We should not continue in our old ways, but begin to walk in the footsteps of our Savior. Romans 12:1-2 tells us how. We are to present our bodies unto Him as a living sacrifice, and we are transformed by renewing our minds to the new man on the inside. We are no longer who we used to be!
1 John 2:1-2
1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
Another important part of our redemption that Jesus completed for us is in the work of propitiation. This is one of the areas that satan lies to believers the most, convincing them that God is mad at them and must be punishing them. Many Christians do not understand this redeeming work of propitiation. It means to satisfy the wrath of God by taking the punishment our sin deserved.
Because of the sin of Adam in the garden, punishment for that sin had to come. But Jesus was the One who took our punishment. He satisfied the wrath of God toward sin as Isaiah 53:5 tells us, that He was wounded for our rebellious acts, and He was punished so that we could have peace with God. In the above scriptures it declares we have an Advocate with the Father, Who is the propitiation for our sin, taking our punishment. When we sin we may reap bad consequences for sowing to the flesh, but God is not punishing us.
In Isaiah 54:9-10 the Word declares that just as God promised to never flood the earth again, He has also promised not to be angry with nor punish those who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. He has given us a covenant of peace. The devil loves to convince believers God is angry with them and therefore punishing them so they will accept their circumstances, and not draw near to the One who has delivered them. Don’t fall for this lie that God is mad at you and punishing you. Jesus already took the punishment we deserved.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Another key area of redemption that refers to what God has done within us when we were born again is the work of reconciliation. Notice in the above verse it refers to the fact that we were enemies of God, but God reconciled us through the death of His Son Jesus. An enemy is not your friend. The word reconcile means to make a friend out of an enemy. Once born again, we now have the best friend we could ever have, God.
The devil tries to convince believers that God is not our friend, and you even hear believers say they feel God is far from them, but He is as close as their next breath. When we say we feel like God is far from us, we are going by feelings and not by faith. This is what satan wants us to do. Once you start believing this lie you will struggle to believe in God’s love, and in His desire to help you. Your circumstances in life have nothing to do with how close God is to you.
Hebrews 13:5b – For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God has promised to never leave us. Proverbs 18:34 tells us there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and that friend is our God. We may turn away from God, but God has not turned His back on us. He is a friend through reconciliation who will never leave you nor forsake, so don’t fall for the lie that God is far from you. If you are born again, He is residing in your spirit man right now.
It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
One of the most important aspects of our salvation is understanding fully what God has done in us through Christs’ sacrifice for us. Our enemy works at deceiving us in these areas so that he can take advantage of us. We need to understand the redemptive work that God has already fulfilled in us when we were born again. One of those key areas is the work of justification.
Justification means to be declared righteous, and therefore approved by God. This gift of righteousness is what gives us the right to what we have available as a child of God. If the devil can convince you that you are not right with God, he can hinder your faith in receiving what you have a right to. God demonstrated His righteousness (right standing with Him) through justification, which we have received through faith in Christ Jesus. You don’t work to get right with God, once you are born again you are right with God.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As a believer in Christ when we sin, we need to immediately confess our sin and turn to God. When we do God forgives us of our sin and He cleanses is from the sense of unrighteousness. You don’t lose your righteousness for if you did you would no longer be born again. But you lose your sense of righteousness knowing you sinned. Remember as a believer you have been justified, declared righteous, and if you sin, immediately confess your sin and turn to God knowing you have been justified through your faith in Jesus Christ.