Scripture Reading: Romans 8:31-39

“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8:33)

In order to understand the answer to this question, let’s begin with our identity. We are identified as God’s elect. A Christian is one who has been chosen by God. We must see ourselves in that light — “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (I Peter 2:9,10).

The illustration here is that of a case being tried in a court of law. The chief accuser is Satan. He is called “the accuser of the brethren” in Revelation 12:10. Satan is good at what he does. He constantly point his finger at us to accuse us, to cause us to question our standing before God. He brings up our past failures and sins. He wants us to doubt our salvation.

The answer to Satan is — “It is God who justifies.” No more is needed. We have been justified by God Himself, which means we have been acquitted of all our sins. God has declared us not guilty. Even better than that, He has declared us righteous and holy. When we were justified, the righteousness of Jesus Christ was imputed to us. God sees us the same way He sees His Son — holy, blameless and above reproach. Jesus made this possible — “He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless, and above reproach before Him” (Colossians 1:22).

“Who shall bring ANY charge against God’s elect?” There are NO charges to be made. We have been forgiven of them all and we are righteous in God’s sight.

Lord Jesus, thank You for paying the price for my sins. Thank You for making it possible for me to be justified. Enable me to ignore the accusations of the devil and of others. I know I am forgiven, clean and free from sin and guilt because of the work You accomplished on my behalf.


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