More Than Conquerors, 4: Who is he that condemns?
- Wednesday, August 27, 2003
In the first three installments of "More Than Conquerors" we looked at three of Paul's five questions found in Romans 8, beginning with verse 31:
1. If God is for us, who can be against us?
2. How would [God] not graciously give us all things?
3. Who will bring charges against those whom God has chosen?
4. Who is he that condemns?
5. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? How would [God] not graciously give us all things?
We determined the answer to question one is: absolutely no one. The answer to number two is: With so much invested in us, God is not about to let us down when it comes to anything we need.
Question three, Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? (Romans 8: 33), was answered by exploring what happens when we are accused of something we did not do and/or something we did do. Our review reminded us that though we may be falsely or rightly charged, the power of Christ's blood and the Father's fingerprint on our lives brings us out of condemnation and into the freedom only He can offer. It is God who justifies! (Romans 8:33b)
Who is he that condemns?
This question is followed by an answer (in part) when it reads Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Before we get into that part of the answer, let's look more directly at the question. Who would dare condemn us with Christ Jesus Himself standing at the right hand of God the Father? And what does it mean to "condemn?"
The word "condemn" (katakrino) means: to give judgment against, to judge worthy of punishment...to render another's wickedness the more evident and censurable (The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon). The one who relishes in condemning us is none other than the devil himself.
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None one likes to have negative things said about them, do they? Most of us love hearing good things.
A special young woman in my life lights up like a Christmas tree whenever anyone says anything even remotely complimentary to her. She appreciates every positive word said about her and compliments to her are always followed by "Thaaaaaanks!" However, say something negative about her and she'll eat your lunch. She knows her strengths, she understands her weaknesses, and no one need remind her of the latter. Know how she feels?
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