So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty. Romans 8:1 (NCV)
There is a message I’ve heard and read, with which I disagree.
It is a story told of Judgment Day. Those who claim Jesus as their LORD and Savior stand before God, the Eternal Judge. Satan, the father of all lies, flashes every sin they’ve ever committed on a big screen for all to see. At the end of the devil’s accusations, Jesus approaches his father, and declares the debt paid in full. Satan sulks off. End of story.
Before you arm yourselves with pitchforks and torches to storm my home, let me explain why I have a problem with this heavenly scenario of a judgment for Believer’s sins. (Which is not the same as the judgment for what we’ve done for the Lord, mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:10, or the judgment of unbelievers in Matthew 25:41.)
If God has forgiven and forgotten our sins as far as the east is from the west, remembers our iniquities no more, and doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve…as I truly believe he has: (Psalm 103:10-12, Jeremiah 31:34b)
If Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross of Calvary…which I truly believe he did: (John 3:16-17, Romans 8:1-6 Hebrews 10:10)
Then why, on the most glorious day of a Believer’s existence — the day he or she is ushered into heaven, and comes face to face with our Lord, and Savior — why would God, who is love, (1John 4:7-10) allow us, for even one nanosecond, to have our guilt and shame paraded before us by a defeated foe?
It just does not make a bit of sense to my way of thinking.So, with that said, while I disagree with those scary courtroom scenarios, I admit I am a sinner. A sinner who owed a debt I could never pay. Yet, who has a Savior who paid the debt he didn’t owe, for me, for you, so we would no longer be condemned. (Romans 5:8) I fall on the grace, love, and compassion of Jesus Christ. The one who, at his name, every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and confess him as LORD. (Philippians 2:9-10)
Guess we’ll find out how the scene plays out, when we get to the other side.
I wish you well.
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