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Understanding Condemnation – Part 2

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To condemn is “to give judgment against, pass sentence upon”; hence, “to condemn,” implying the fact of a crime.

We have been charged with a crime and the penalty is death.

In case we didn’t know that, God provided the law. The law told us what we were to do or not do. If you were to keep the law, you would not be guilty. However, no one could fully keep the law and were thus condemned, convicted, and sentenced for breaking the law. The law had no to power to change anyone, just point out God’s standard and pronounce guilt.

God provided the law to show us we couldn’t do it ourselves. There is nothing wrong with the law. It’s just that it had no power to change us. We needed a savior. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

We needed someone to save us from the condemnation of sin and its consequent penalty of death. God had to do it Himself. He provided a temporary fix for the children of Israel. Through atonement, He covered their sins on the mercy-seat. It had to be redone every year. There needed to be a final sacrifice and shedding of blood that would permanently remove sins, not just cover temporarily.

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) God had to step in and do what man could not do.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” (Romans 8:2-3)

God provided a way that everyone could do. He called it grace. It is God doing for us what we couldn’t do and giving to us a free gift. All we had to do is believe it. We can’t merit it. We can’t earn it. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Jesus took all the guilt, judgment, and condemnation upon Himself on our behalf. Jesus said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Jesus finished forever the judgment, wrath, guilt, and condemnation of our sins forever, once and for all. The work of Jesus on the cross changed everything.