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All humanity comes under the condemnation of God, being pronounced guilty after considering the evidence with the penalty banishment to hell, but it does not have to remain that way (Ezek 18:4,18; Mt 13:49,50; Mk 16:16; Jn 3:16,18; Rom 6:23). 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 have been pardoned and will escape eternal damantion (Jn 5:24; Rom 8:1,2).

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 feeling of condemnation infers a helpless worthless victim,

Don’t allow Satan to bring you into condemnation

being subject to whatever punishment is mercilessly given. While Satan tries to accuse and condemn us, the Spirit of life 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. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Lk 6:37; Rom 2:1). We all need ongoing forgiveness from the Lord, so to receive this we must also extend this mercy to those who have done wrong to us (Mt 6:12,15).

Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world (it was already guilty in God’s sight) but rather to save people (Jn 3:17).  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, eternal damnation, forgiveness, guilt, judging, justification, shame.