It is God who Justifies

It is God who Justifies

 

As we begin a new year let’s avoid the trap of New Year’s Resolutions and all the self-determination that comes along with them and focus on what our Abba declares to be true of us in Christ.  It’s so important for us to enter the New Year remembering God is for us!  Life can be full of challenges that leave us wondering if we can just catch a break.  Personally, I am choosing to see all of life as a part of God’s working.  To live in the promise that He uses all things together for good in our lives.  He uses the present challenges to create in us a greater sense of dependency so our focus will be on Him and what He has done on our behalf. 

 

Romans 8:32–34 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” 

 

The evidence of His love is in the gift of the Son.  The answer to all our doubts is the cross.  We can know God is for us because He has already given us His Son.  How do I know He loves me when I lose my job, when our loved ones die, when we are abandoned by a spouse, or we are diagnosed with an incurable disease?  The only way we can conclude God is for us is to look to the cross.  The precious gift of the Son is guarantee of all lesser things.  God gave His most precious possession when He sent His Son to die on our behalf.  What good thing could we possibly imagine He would withhold?  The cross is the only evidence you need to prove the generosity of God.  God loves us wholly and completely.  We have all we will ever need in Jesus.  Christ not only saves us He gives us all spiritual blessings Himself.  He promises to freely give us all things. It does not mean all material things.  You need righteousness, He is righteousness for you.  You need holiness, He is holiness for you.  You need peace, He is peace for you.  He is our completeness.

 

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?  Who would dare make an accusation against God’s chosen?  In the book of Zechariah there is a vision recorded and Joshua, the high priest, is seen standing in the temple preparing to present the sacrifice, Satan is also there accusing him.  Joshua is dressed in filthy clothes representative of sin.  The Devil is arguing that Joshua is unfit to offer the sacrifice because of his sin.  God’s response is to rebuke the Devil through one of His angels and says, “Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”  Then the Lord clothes him with new clothing symbolizing his justification.  We are that burning stick snatched from the fires of perdition.  Tragically the charges are often valid.  Often times the devil and others make accusations which are true.  Our sin and failures can be glaring to all who have the misfortune of experiencing them.  No one has the right to accuse except the guiltless.  So the issue isn’t the validity of the accusations but the right to file charges.  Jesus rebuked the religious for the devious games in finding a woman in the act of adultery and then asking His opinion.  He declared the guiltless should cast the first stone.  The charges are dismissed because the sin debt has been fully satisfied.  Our sin, the accusations true but the charges are dismissed because the debt has been paid.  All of our sins – past, present, and future, have been cleansed by the blood of Christ and we are now righteous.  Who can accuse those whom God has chosen?  The answer is no one at all.  We do the devil’s work when we accuse God’s children.  It is so dangerous for us to play the role of the Devil when we freely make accusations against God’s chosen and beloved children.  Are you prepared to say you are without sin?  Do you truly want to play the game of, “My sins aren’t as bad as theirs?” You are messing with God’s chosen!

 

It is God who justifies. Our justification doesn’t have anything to do with our works but the work of the Savior.  The emphasis is all on God.  He is the Judge and He has declared us righteous!  Justification means that nothing and no one can accuse us successfully before God.  We must refuse to listen to the devils voice no matter whose voice he uses.  We must reject the thoughts of condemnation.  We must refuse to be condemned because of the complete and perfect work of Jesus on our behalf.  We don’t ignore or deny our sin; we freely admit that we deserve to be condemned, but Christ, has already borne our guilt. 

 

Who is to condemn? This is along the same line as the previous question but takes it another step.  Not only are we not to accuse but we aren’t to pass judgment or sentence.  The only one with the right to condemn is Jesus and He has already died for us.  You are not the judge or jury.  Only the judge has the right to declare us justified or guilty.  So when you find yourself condemning, slap yourself awake from the daze that you are God.

 

Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  We are a people free from condemnation; Jesus took our condemnation on Himself.  Only God has the right to condemn.  We don’t understand what a powerful force it is to stand in judgment and pass sentence upon someone.  He alone is sinless and more than that He became sin for us so that we could be made righteous.  He is the one who died, is risen and ascended to deal forever with our sin.  He is the one who died in our place taking the judgment and the sentence of death that was ours.  The price has been paid in full.  He conquered sin and death by rising again and is now seated in the heavenly places.  He is in the place of exaltation. In Him we experience all He did for us so that we died, were buried, rose again and are now seated in the heavenlies.  He is your intercessor.  He is there making intercession for us!  No failures, past, present or future will separate us from Him because He is at the right hand making continual intercession for us.  He knows your problems and has all the power and wisdom to deal with them.  You have no problem too small for His interest for His love for you encompasses all things.  When your heart is broken He weeps with you.  You are His and He is now making intercession for you and He never tires. 

 

Thanks so much for your generous help with our yearend missions offering, we raised a little over $10,000 and I’m so excited for how the Lord is going to bless so many through this offering.  Tomorrow afternoon, I’m leaving for Sri Lanka for two weeks.  I’m so excited for you to be able to hear Ritchie Curtis this Sunday and Steve Pettit on January 14th.  Happy New Year!

 

The best is ahead and I am so grateful for the privilege to be your pastor!

 

You are loved!

 

Tim