REIGNING WITH CHRIST
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by that sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4
Can it be true that there is no condemnation for the Christian? It seems that in today’s world people no longer experience guilt as a feeling.
FJ HUEGEL: But with the Christian it is otherwise. He has received Christ as his Savior and in Him power to become a son of God. As such, his spirit is consumed with desires to be like his Savior and to please in all his ways and in every attitude his Father in Heaven. . . . It is [precisely] the Christian who would be all out for the Lord and who has given his all to Jesus, who nevertheless suffers from a gnawing sense of guilt, and who finds himself unable to throw off the sense of the condemnation which hounds his footsteps and which involves him in endless frustrations.
Now he must never permit any circumstance to bring him into bondage. With the weapon of the cross (our weapons are not carnal but mighty through God) he must withstand every onslaught of the evil one who will move all hell in an effort to get him back on the ground of condemnation, flooding his spirit with a never-ending stream of accusations. He must learn to detect every approach of the enemy and to cast him out with a determined command: “Look at Calvary, there is my answer—now, flee!”
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The Christian, oh let me say it once more in conclusion, does not stand on the ground of condemnation. In view of the efficacy of the blood of Christ which is forever cleansing him from all sin, he is as free from all guilt as the highest angel who dwells in the Presence of God . . .
PRAYER: Dear God, it is an odd thing—many people around me who do not know you seem to never experience guilt, while I, who have invited you into my life and who want to please you, experience guilt precisely because I cannot live up to my own desire. Show me, however, that feeling guilt and being guilty are not the same thing. Grant me to believe that, in Jesus Christ, there is indeed no condemnation for me. Then grant me to live and think in such a way that I never allow condemnation to have a foothold in my life. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen.