WHO IS TO CONDEMN?

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:31-39

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more than that, who is raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)

The fundamental proposition of the eighth chapter of Romans is — “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (v. 1). Christ bore the condemnation for us. He took our place and paid the price we rightly owe God.

“Who is to condemn?” The answer is found in the mediatorial work of Jesus Christ. First, “Christ is the one who died.” He is the sacrifice who stood in our place. He bore the punishment we deserve by becoming a curse for us — “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). Christ’s death satisfied God’s justice.

Second, Christ was raised from the dead. His resurrection is proof that we have been justified — “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:20-22).

Third, Christ is presently seated at the right hand of God. His seating there tells us that His work is finished (Hebrews 10:11-14). His seating there is a reward for what He has done (Ephesians 1:19-21). His seating there is proof that God is satisfied with His work on our behalf.

Fourth, Christ makes intercession for us. He continues to secure the benefits of His death for His people. He lives to make intercession for us — “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

“Who is to condemn? The answer is — no one for Christ has removed the guilt of our sin. He has satisfied the justice of God for us. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Lord Jesus, thank You for bearing the condemnation that is rightly mine. Thank You for satisfying God’s justice on my behalf. I know that You are seated at the right hand of the Father and that You are making intercession for me at this very moment.

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