TOPIC: Absolved Of All Guilt ·
OPENING TEXT: Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18).
Jesus wasn’t only delivered on
account of our sins, He was also raised for our justification: "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:25). What does it mean to be justified? It means to be "discharged and acquited." We’ve been absolved of all guilt! In the mind of justice, in the eyes of God, you never sinned; therefore, there’s no charge against you. You might wonder, "How is this possible?"
The reason is simple: the Christian is a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The new creation is a brand new species of being that never existed before; he’s without a past. That’s why God can declare him, "not guilty" because there’s nothing to judge since he has a brand new life!
This is the concept of justification. Our justification isn’t because Jesus "paid" for our sins; He did that for the whole world of sinners, but the Christian isn’t a sinner. He’s a new creation
The new creation isn’t a product of the death and burial of Jesus Christ, but of His resurrection! Christianity came from the resurrection. The whole world was paid for by His death, but when you believe in Jesus, you’re recreated (John 3:16); you’re born again and are made righteous! We read in Romans 4:25 that He was raised (resurrected) for our justification; the Amplified version says it was for "…(our acquittal), [making our account balance and absolving us from all guilt before God]."
You’re justified, because you’re a new creation. This is the reason we must keep telling the unsaved to come into Christ, because when they do, they’ll become new creations; their past will cease to exist; they’ll be born into a newness of life—absolved from all guilt!
I walk in the light of my justification, rejoicing in the life of glory and righteousness in Christ! Having been justified by faith, I have peace with God, absolved of all guilt, free to live and serve the Lord joyously, and gloriously, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study:Romans 6:4; Romans 5:1
: Luke 13:1-21 Judges 12-13
: Mark 1:29-39 Leviticus 12