Life and Peace

CONDEMNATION: Declare the guilt of; to pronounce punishment.

Jesus bore the punishment, the condemnation for our sins! When His work on the cross is applied to the believer, there is no pronouncement of guilt and punishment; because of Jesus we have been declared “not guilty” in God’s sight. Furthermore, Romans 8: 6 says that “to be spiritually minded is life and peace”, meaning that although we still continue to deal with overcoming sin, we do not have to suffer under the tyranny of sin; instead, we can overcome its hold through the power of the Holy Spirit.

For me personally, I have labored in some measure throughout my life to fully accept and “feel” the immeasurable love of Christ. An important verse in my healing has been 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment.” I came to understand that unless I could take into my heart and live in the assurance of Jesus’ love for me, I would continue to be tormented (punished) for my sins and failings that had already been forgiven in God’s sight. Jesus, God’s only Son, has taken my deserved punishment upon Himself for me; and if I continued to feel condemned, I was diminishing what He had accomplished through His sacrifice.

1 Timothy 3:6 declares that condemnation is “of the devil”, so why should I accept this torment from my enemy and not experience the life and peace of my Redeemer? I will continue to choose to place my faith and trust in the redeeming work of Christ, my Savior!