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 was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)

Do you remember how the eighth chapter of Romans begins? It begins with these words — “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” There is no one who can condemn us, because Jesus came to free us from all condemnation. Satan continues to accuse us, but we must not listen to his accusations. We must not condemn ourselves because Jesus has set us free from the penalty and guilt of sin.

Verse 34 sums up the mediatorial work of Jesus Christ. “Christ Jesus is the one who died.” He bore the punishment. He satisfied God’s justice on our behalf. He is our substitute who voluntarily sacrificed Himself for us. His death was an atoning death, in that it paid the price for sin that the law requires.

“More than that, who was raised.” His resurrection was proof of our salvation. It was proof that every consequence of our sin has been dealt with. He suffered and died in our place and He overcame death. The tomb could not hold Him. He was raised from the dead and He now rules victoriously over all creation.

“Who is at the right hand of God.” Jesus Christ is presently seated at the right hand of God. His being seated there tells us that His work is finished — “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:12-14).

“Who indeed is interceding for us.” Christ is at the right hand of God praying for us. He knows our needs. He prays for us to have strength and comfort. He is our High Priest who understands our weaknesses — “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). His being seated at the right hand of God and interceding for us secures the benefits of His death 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).

Lord Jesus, You are my Mediator who reconciled me to God. Thank You for freely offering Yourself as a sacrifice in my place. Yet, You were raised from the dead and are seated at the right hand of the Father. Thank You for interceding for me. I know that You are praying for me now. You know my needs. You know my weaknesses and fears. You are my High Priest who sympathizes with me and who intercedes for me. What comfort it gives me to know that You continually make prayers on my behalf. Thank You, my Savior and King.

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