<<criticise, to judge and pronounce guilty>>

All sinners have come under the condemnation of God but it does not have to remain that way (Ezek 18:4,18; Mk 16:16). There is no condemnation to those who are ‘in Christ Jesus’ – that is, those who have accepted that He paid the price for their sin (Jn 5:24).

Even in the cultures and societies which have never heard of God there are moral codes of conduct with people knowing right from wrong because God has put His laws in human hearts – therefore no one is exempt from God’s judgment on sin (Rom 2:12-15). God, who is holy and just, must judge those who sin by not living up to His standards (Jn 12:48; 2 Thes 2:12). All humanity is biased towards sin and so our actions, thoughts and speech condemn us because no one righteous (Ps 51:5, Ps 53:3; Isa 64:6; Mt 5:28, 12:37; Rom 3:10-20).  This is why we can’t be saved by our efforts. It is, only by faith and acceptance of Christ’s provision of salvation (Rom 3:21-31; Eph 2:8,9).  

The Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin is specific, relating to an identifiable incident, and is liberating, bringing joy and freedom after it has been confessed (repented of) and forgiven. Then we have confidence in God as our heart doesn’t condemn us (1 Jn 3:20,21).  Conviction is an invitation to walk into freedom with Christ, while a guilty

Don’t allow Satan to bring you into                                      condemnation  

feeling of condemnation infers a helpless worthless victim, being subject to whatever punishment is mercilessly given. While Satan tries to accuse and condemn us, the Spirit of life who sets us free from the law of sin and death as “Christ…is interceding for us” (Rom 8:1,2,34; Rev 12:10).  Don’t listen to Satan’s evaluation or the accusations of others, rather speak out positive, uplifting, godly messages of what you are in Christ. A sense of condemnation is from Satan and is general and vague guilt, an indefinite shame with the aim to paralyse.

Our moral ideals are always better than our actual behaviour. The Bible’s advice is, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned” (Lk 6:37; Rom 2:1).

Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world (it was already guilty in God’s sight) but rather to save people (Jn 3:17,18).  Generally, humanity chooses not to live in right relationship with God, and consequently is condemned for worshipping other gods such as money, possessions and position – thus breaking His commands (Ex 20:3-17; Mk 12:30). They are ‘out of tune’ with God’s standards and order because of their rebellion and independence, and steady decline into increasingly more evil practices (Rom 1:19-23).

See also: confession, conscience, conviction, divine judgment, guilty,  judging, shame.


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