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Neither Do I Condemn You…

by Jeff Pate on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 7:00am

And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more. —John 8:11

I want to set you free today in the one thing that has kept mankind from enjoying eternal life, union with God through Jesus, and all His benefits now, today, in this present world—and this is in the matter of condemnation.

My brothers and sisters, God is not in the business of condemning you or anyone. It is neither in His nature or His will to condemn anyone. The scripture says, “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” [1 John 1:5]

If there is no condemnation in Christ, then there is no condemnation in the Father because whatsoever is in the Father is in Christ, and whatsoever is in Christ is in the Father.

When Adam and Eve fell in the garden, did Father condemn them? No, they were condemned by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil—the law of sin and death. In fact, instead of condemning them, Father sacrificed an animal in a picture of the redemption of Jesus to cover their shame so they would not fear Him.

Please hear this: Father does not want you to fear Him. His desire is for you to see that in Christ you are eternally united with Him, and your relationship is not based on anything you have done, but upon what Jesus has done. You can look God directly in the face of Jesus Christ with all boldness and assurance of faith. There is no fear in love, and perfect love casts out fear.

“But what about when I sin?” you may ask.

When your conscience condemns you for something you’ve done or said, it is not God who is condemning. It is not the Spirit telling you how wrong you were. We have the assurance that God is never going to condemn us because God is greater than our conscience. The scripture says, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.” [1 John 3:19]

Let me tell you what Jesus has done to sin: Jesus was publicly crucified, condemned, and cursed in the view of the entire world to demonstrate that God is not going to condemn you because all condemnation from Adam’s transgression of eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the penalty of the law—the ministry of death and condemnation—fell upon Him. Father wants you to see Jesus crucified, condemned so that you will no longer be condemned.

Romans 8:3 says, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Because it was weak through the flesh, the law could not condemn sin, but only the sinner. God has never condemned anyone, but the law did condemn them, which is why Jesus was condemned as the sin bearer and therefore, God condemned sin in the body of His Son, that righteousness would be fulfilled in us.

There is no condemnation to you because of Jesus. Do not think that God is condemning you, for condemnation comes from the law of sin and death; and you have been set free from the law of sin and death. You can rest knowing that there is no condemnation to you, and that Jesus says to you, “Neither do I condemn you…”

 

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Truth at First Light © Copyright Jeff Pate, 2011

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1 Cor. 1:20 (New Living Translation) For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in him. That is why we say “Amen” when we give glory to God through Christ.

Promises are good. Warnings are about something bad. Threats are always bad. God’s promises are good and are fulfilled in Christ. All the things He promised are given to us in Jesus. And it is finished – in the Amen.

God is good. He has good things for us and has good thoughts toward us. Judgment fell on the enemy at the cross. The enemy is the father of lies. He is the one who seeks to steal, kill, destroy, deceive, devour, and enslave. God gives good gifts, gives life, restores us, is truth, and brings us to freedom.

So, if anything you hear is negative, especially in terms of what Jesus said, or what the scriptures teach, or what God is doing/will do/has done, run. It’s not God, but is the enemy and the world system, confounding the truth.

Think of what is good and true and helpful, because that is from God. Learn God’s ways, not just His acts. His ways bring us into intimacy with Him. Through Jesus, we are no longer fearful, but come boldly and unafraid. Like a child who knows his father loves him and can’t wait to hug him. We can call Him Papa.

All the promises are fulfilled in Christ. Jesus is the demonstration of the Father, and is the embodiment of perfect theology. God said Jesus was His son, and to listen to him. Not the prophets that came before John, not to Moses, but to the Son. The one who did not come to judge the world. The one who came to take away the sins of the world. The one who never snuffed out a smoking wick or broke a bruised reed.

Whenever I hear a Christian start a sentence with, “Be careful” or “You/they can’t” or “You/they have to” ……. I immediately shut down and don’t hear the rest of what that person says. I can’t help it. The negative direction is not God.

The same thing happens after every “but”.  “You/they are forgiven, but….” “You/they are free, but…..” “You/they are saved, but…”  There are no “buts” to these statements.

I do believe that it’s true – “if you can’t say anything good to someone, say nothing at all.” Not that you have to remain silent when there is something terribly wrong. But it must be in love, and not followed with a “but” and then go on to patronize, ridicule, or demean the person, or clobber them with scripture. Love doesn’t lord itself over any.

Our ministry to the world is reconciliation. We are to cast a big net and draw in the world He died to save, not use it as a barrier to keep them out. If we have the love of Jesus, we have all that is necessary. Love is the thing, and never fails, for we are one in the bond of His love. We need to answer, “Yea, and Amen” or not at all.

“This much is certain, that we have no theological right to set any sort of limits to the loving-kindness of God which has appeared in Jesus Christ. Our theological duty is to see and understand it as being still greater than we had seen before.” Karl Barth

 

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