Condemned is a status. When someone is tried for a capital crime, found guilty and sentenced to death, their status is “condemned”. For humanity, the status of condemned comes naturally, but there is a reversal of that conviction for all who trust Christ as savior based on the life-giving words of John 3:16. But there’s even more to the story. Consider the motive in heaven that facilitated John 3:16:
“For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” – John 3:17 NKJV
Have you ever stopped to think about how incredible that is? God wasn’t sitting there with gritted teeth and clinched fists, reluctantly agreeing to send His Son on a rescue mission, it was His idea! He originated the plan; and because of His generous love, He provided a divine substitute.
- Yes, the life of faith can be a struggle…
- Yes, there are days of failure…
- Yes, there are missed opportunities, but…
Your status isn’t based on your success; your success is based on your status. And for those who’ve trusted Christ as savior; it’s Uncondemned.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1 NKJV
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