Condemnation

EVERYONE is familiar with John 3:16 For God so love the world… but few see to know what follows. 

CONDEMNATION from Websters 1828 Dictionary:

CONDEMNATIONnoun

1. The act of condemning; the judicial act of declaring one guilty, and dooming him to punishment.

For the judgment was by one to condemnation Romans 5:16.

2. The state of being condemned.

Dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation Luke 23:40.

3. The cause or reason of a sentence of condemnation John 3:19.

CONTEXT:
  • The whole first part of this chapter deals with the need for a new birth a spiritual birth, that is wholly dependent upon Christ as Lord and Savor.
  • v.16 identifies and declares Christ as that Lord and Savor
  • v.17 Jesus Christ did not need to come and condemn the world nor the folks in it. That had already been accomplished quite nicely by man back in the Garden.
  • v.18 makes it clear those whom believe in Christ can be saved those who do not are already condemned
  • v.19-21 We are condemned by our own accord, God does not need to point a finger at us to judge us; our own actions do that without any recourse:
      •  “And this is the judgment [Condemnation in KJV]: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 2For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

The question today is are you in the light (Saved) or Darkness (Condemned)? Are you hearing the Holy Spirit calling and tugging at your heart and soul.

A Prayer for Engaging in Gospel Warfare

everyday-prayersFor I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

(Rom. 7: 22– 25)

Jesus, though I’m conflict avoidant by nature and choice, this is one conflict about which I am actually excited. The very fact that there’s a war going on inside of me is a good thing, especially since the combatants are the gospel and my sinful nature. For this means that the outcome of this war has already been decided. The gospel will prevail! Yet I’m not naïve about the “mop-up” operation. Growing in grace is great, but it sure gets messy and intense.

The only reason I now delight in God’s law, in my heart of hearts, is because the demands of the law drove me to you, Jesus. I needed a substitute and a Savior, not a model and a coach. You perfectly met all the requirements of God’s law for me, and you’ve exhausted his judgment against all my law breaking. This is the good news, indeed.

The messy part of knowing you comes from your commitment to make me like yourself. You’re more committed to getting “heaven” in me than getting me into heaven. Why couldn’t you have just glorified me after justifying me? It would’ve been so much easier. Why couldn’t we have just skipped over the whole sanctification process?

Silly questions, indeed. I’m just very thankful to know that one day I will be as loving and as lovely as you, for the Father will complete his work in each of his children, including me. Until that day, here’s my prayer . . .

Jesus, allow me to grieve the sinfulness of sin— the sinfulness of my sins. Now that I’m no longer guilty or condemned, let me fearlessly see my sins, ruthlessly hate my sins, and relentlessly repent of my sins. Increase my love for holiness and decrease my self-contempt. Only the gospel can bring me such freedom. Only by seeing more of you, Jesus, will I delight in this journey.

Jesus, you’re the end of all my wretchedness. You’re the one who’s rescuing me from this “body of death”— all the effects and residue of the fall, all the trappings of my graveclothes, every semblance of every way I’m not like you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I pray in your most powerful and loving name. Amen.

Smith, Scotty. Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (pp. 25-26). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.