Condemnation

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

John 3:19-20

Condemnation is not the product only of having sinned. If so, we would all be condemned because all sinned. In fact, because of sin, all come short of the glory of God. The only way to escape condemnation is supplied by the same God who sent His Son Jesus, the light, to get us out of the power of darkness. If we accept Jesus we will escape the punishment appropriate because of our sins. But when we reject Jesus, we are rejecting forgiveness and accepting condemnation.

The apostle Paul gives a detailed explanation of condemnation and justification in Romans 5:16-19: And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

The first sin brought condemnation as an automatic consequence of the human race. But this condemnation not only meant our separation from God, but it took us to the slavery of sin. Thus, all men and women have committed multiple transgressions against God. For that reason, no one can be justified on his or her own merits, but that justification is a gift of God obtained only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Our Lord Jesus Christ shows us the only escape from condemnation in John 5:24: Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. When Jesus speaks of passing from death to life, what it means is that the natural condition of man is death, not life. As the wages of sin is death and our nature is sinful, we not live, but are dead, unless our escape condemnation.

We must be mindful of our true condition. Salvation is not part of our nature nor is it something we can win on our own. Sin is part of the heritage that conveys our humanity. Therefore, all we have guaranteed from birth is condemnation. The only way to obtain salvation is accepting Jesus Christ who took our guilt on his shoulders to give us the opportunity to be saved.

When we reject Jesus Christ we are reaffirming our status as convicted. It is as if we denied clemency that gives us a judge to have committed an offense. If you do not accept the saving grace and we strive to continue to do things our way, we are preferring to continue in darkness. Let’s change that now! God bless you.

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