Hand on the Cross

Rom 8:1—”There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

What is condemnation?

Guilty, damnatory sentence, judgement, verdict

Opposite of condemnation—Not guilty, justified, innocent, righteous

Romans 5:16—”And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.”

Romans 5:19—”For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

Jesus delivered us from condemnation because He suffered the consequences of sin for us.  By His obedience we have been justified and made righteous.  No matter what we are involved in our Christian walk, He wants us to always keep one hand on the cross.  By “one man’s obedience we are made righteous.”  This righteousness is a free gift.  If we drift from the finished work of the cross, we gradually lose sight of the free gift and condemnation starts to creep into our thoughts.

Romans 6:8—”Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  Romans 6:11–So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

“Paul encourages us that we need not fear condemnation because we can come to God as our loving, forgiving Father (Romans 8:15–16). Christians who live in shame and guilt over past failures are needlessly condemning themselves when they ought to be “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Fear can be paralyzing, “but perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). As Christians, we must understand that our justification is found in Christ alone—in His finished work on the cross—not in what we do or don’t do (Romans 3:28). Believers can find solace in the assurance that we have been adopted into God’s own family and have been made heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Nothing can separate us “from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39)”. From GotQuestions.org website.

By keeping one hand on the cross each day we are reminding ourselves that He accepts us right now, as we are because He has justified us through His Son, through His grace.  There is nothing we can do to add to this justification.  From an old hymn:  

I hear the accuser roar of ills that I have done – 

I know them well and thousands more – Jehovah findeth none. 

Though the restless foe accuses, sins recounting like a flood,

Every charge our God refuses – Christ has answered with his blood.1

Lord may we rely on Your cross each day giving thanks for Your  free gift of justification delivering us from the accuser’s roar of ills that have been answered by Your blood.

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