More Than Conquerors: Part Three
- Wednesday, August 20, 2003
I have to tell you right up front: I do not allow Satan more than a nano-second of this kind of blame. To give in, to hunch my shoulders and allow myself to agonize over every black deed of my life, is to throw the blood of Jesus right back into His face and I will not do that.
It is God who justifies! (Romans 8:33b)
Warren W. Wiersbe says in his book "Be Wise" (a study of First Corinthians) that "the successful Christian learns the vocabulary of the Spirit and makes use of it. He knows the meaning of justification...."
Justification, for those of us who might struggle with the exact meaning, is (according to Easton's Bible Dictionary) the opposite of condemnation. It is God's prerogative by which He forgives the sins of those who believe in His Son. It is His act of pardon by which He declares us righteous in the eye of the law.
Romans 5: 8-11 says: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Yes we are sinners. Yes we have made mistakes. Yes we will continue to fall short of God's glory. But God has not forgotten...and He has forgiven. He has called us out of condemnation and into salvation. We are sitting at a table across from our accuser and we are found not guilty! (Though we'll not make friends with the devil!)
Tie Them Together
What then shall you say to this?
If God be for you, who can be against you? (No one)
But what about those days when it seems the whole world is? Remember, God has invested His Son into your life. You are precious. You are valuable. He is not about to let you down now.
And those times when we hear Satan ridiculing us with accusations? He can't. The blood of Christ has justified you, reconciling you to the Father. The one True Judge has declared you "not guilty!" In Him, you are innocent.
A Note From the Author: With every set of articles my email box becomes more and more filled with wonderful responses. Many of you have informed me that you use my articles in your personal or group Bible Study. Allow me then to give you a few questions to think about, journal on, or discuss within your group.
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