Tuesday, October 26, 2010

EMMDEV 2010-10-26 [Romans Ch.8] STILL no Condemnation!

33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one - for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one - for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God's right hand, pleading for us. Romans8:33-34

I continue to be amazed at the number of Christians who tell me: "I hope St Peter will let me in at the gate."

They understand quite well that that Jesus died to forgive their sins, but they struggle with the fact that they haven't become perfect overnight.
They feel like failures and they feel accused and condemned. There are two reasons why this is not surprising:
- "Satan" means "Accuser"
- Our sinful nature wants us to hide from God like Adam and Eve did.

BUT Paul says: "Who dares accuse? ... Who then will condemn?"

       No-one.

Oh they can _try_ but:
- God gave us a right standing with Him. Our righteousness is received not earned.
- Jesus died, rose and ascended for us. And from His ascended position He pleads (represents, intercedes) for us.
We literally have a "Friend in High Places!"
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Theo Groeneveld theo@emmanuel.org.za
You can see past EmmDevs at http://emmdev.blogspot.com/

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