It is God Who Justifies—Romans 8:33
"Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies" (Romans 8:33)
Who can accuse you before God? Who has any right to bring an accusation against you? The Bible tells us that God didn't even spare his own son for us and he is the one who justifies us. God is for us. Many times we do an good of condemning ourselves because we are basing life on how we feel or the circumstances around us. However understanding this truth as written in the Word of God will help you to overcome these emotion, because condemnation is a hazard to Christians.
What an amazing thing to be justified before God. The Greek word used here is dikaioō, which denotes to be just or innocent, to be free and righteous before God. The way it is used is as a verb, which means it's an action, God is showing us to right or righteous before him. The stress of this sentence lays upon the word God, meaning that this action of justifying is based solely upon him, not us. So if God is the one who is justifying us, or declaring us right, innocent, free and righteous, who can say otherwise. Who can condemn us?
The same Greek work is used in Romans 4:5, "However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness" ( Romans 4:5 ). God justifies the believing sinner on the ground of Christ's death, since the propitiation for sin was perfect and complete, Christ was raised from the dead. His resurrection was the counterpart to the offering for sin and appeasing God's wrath against mankind. Since Christ was raised from the dead, it proves that this sacrifice was more than enough to bring us into right relationship with him. On the bases of this gift in Christ, God justifies the wicked. Which literally means that God was showing those with faith in Christ to be right or righteous before him. What an amazing thing.
In Exodus God told Moses to be careful when judging the people, he wanted them to be proved innocent first because he did not justify or acquit the wicked. "Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty" ( Exodus 23:7 ). God only acquits the innocent. Did God change? No, Hebrews tells us that he is the same yesterday, today and forever ( Hebrews 13:8 ). What changed is that by faith in Christ we are guiltless before God. If we are guiltless then He will acquits us. He was our substitution for sin and so by accepting this substitution the payment for sin was provided in Jesus. If sin's taken care of then we are innocent before God. He justifies us on the bases of Christ's death. Which means we are free and innocent before him because Christ was raised from the dead proving that it worked.
What a marvelous thing to know. Understanding this will enable you to live life without condemnation. John reminds us in I John, "whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything" ( I John 3:20 ). All you have to do is to remind yourselves of this wonderful truth, God is the one who justifies... not even you can condemn. Today, I pray that this revelation of God's intense love towards you sinks in deep. I pray that this changes your heart and any feelings of condemnation you experience will flee in Jesus name, amen!
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