Scripture Reading: Romans 8:31-39

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

We must remember who we are. We are God’s elect people. We have been chosen by God. Of all the people on earth, God chose us to be His children. Can you believe that God chose you before He created the world? “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:4-6). God chose us to be His own. He predestined us to be His adopted children. All of this is possible because of God’s Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

God chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless. We know that we have failed God. We often sin against Him. We are not blameless, for all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But God was determined that His elect people would be holy and blameless; so He Himself justified us — “It is God who justifies.” He declares us not guilty. We have been acquitted because Jesus took the punishment we deserve upon Himself. He paid the price for our deliverance. We are a forgiven people. Our sins have been dealt with once and for all. They have been removed from us as far as the east from the west (Psalm 103:12).

But there is more! God also declares us to be holy and blameless. He credited Christ’s perfect righteousness to us. Some of the older theologians called it “alien righteousness.” It was a righteousness that came from outside of us. It was the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. As a result, God views us as if we had never sinned! We have a new legal standing before Him — pardoned and righteous. Nothing can take that standing from us, for it is God who justifies.

“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?” The illustration is that of a case being tried in a court of law. The accuser is Satan. He is called “the accuser of our brothers” (Revelation 12:10). Satan is good at accusing us; but we must not listen to his accusations. God has justified us. There are no charges against us. We are not guilty in the eyes of God. Instead we are holy and blameless before Him!

Lord Jesus, I know that it is through You alone that my sins can be forgiven. I acknowledge that it is God who justified me. I have no righteousness of my own to claim. But I have Your perfect righteousness that has been imputed to me when God justified me. Thank You that I have been set free from the guilt of my sin. Thank You that no one can bring any charges against me.


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