Good Words for Today: December 8
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us (Romans 8:33-34). Will my enemies condemn me? No, God justified me. Will my friends condemn me? No, God justified me. Will the demons condemn me? No, God justified me. Will Satan himself condemn me? No, God justified me. Will Jesus turn against me? No, he died for me. Will my sins rise up to condemn me? What sins? My sins are gone forever. My slate is wiped clean. Will my conscience condemn me and guilt overwhelm me? Maybe on earth but not in heaven. Up there the record is clear forever. I’m justified. I am declared righteous in the eyes of God. I am acceptable to him because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Wholly apart from my works. Only through faith in Jesus Christ. Best of all . . . God is not confused by my confusion. He does not doubt because I doubt. He is fully satisfied with Jesus. Because I have put my faith in Jesus, God is satisfied with me. I’m justified.
December 8, 2016