Unlimited: No Condemnation
Aug 20, 2020 1105
God will not take away a life; he will devise plans so as not to keep an outcast banished forever from his presence (2 Samuel 14:13 NRSV).
As Adam represented the race in Eden, so Christ – the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45) – represents humanity at the cross:
One has died for all; therefore all have died (2 Corinthians 5:14, NRSV).
When Christ died for the “sins of the world” (John 3:16), God counted it that you paid the price for your sinfulness. The Bible tells us that because of Adam’s disobedience, everyone who has ever lived is sinful and disobedient by nature. So Jesus, the ‘second Adam’ has paid the penalty for win by his perfect life and his death on behalf of everyone.
Now, whosoever will may come. Now, all sins will be forgiven. Now, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins because the claims of the righteous, eternal law have been met. We have died through our Substitute and Representative, Jesus.
God will not ask us to pay the price a second time if we abide in Christ. “You are complete in him” (Colossians 2:10, NKJV), and “accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV), so
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8: 1 NRSV).
If Calvary does not move us, God has nothing better to convince us. The Cross is the centre and the basis of Christianity. To refuse the Cross is to treat our own destiny with contempt, but glad-hearted acceptance begins life eternal.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: What are the things that you have seen used to try to attract people to Christianity? The promise of earthly blessings? The fear of hell? Examine closely your own reasons for being a Christian. Is it the attraction of the Cross?