“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18)
“whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
When I had believed in my works rather than in the name of Jesus, I was constantly condemning myself for every evil acts that my conscience was reminding me of. Yes, they are acts that “lead to death”, not acts that lead to Christ, not acts that remind myself or others of Christ who is life.
Coming to the knowledge of the truth is God’s will for everyone. Even though God had stopped counting my sins against me by condemning them on the cross with Christ as the representative for my sins…
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
In my conscience, not knowing and not acknowledging the gospel has caused me to constantly condemn myself…
“You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.” ( Titus 3:11)
Remaining condemned was a work of mine that only God could set me free from…
“However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” (Romans 4:9)
I couldn’t hear the gospel by myself. God had to grant me the hearing of it:
“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
The gospel made all the difference to me…
“‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.” (John 6:45)
It is the blood of Christ that cleanses my conscience from acts that lead to death so that I may believe in God. God made me righteous with the blood of Christ.
“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrews 9:14)
If I no longer condemn myself, it is because of the love of God that brought to me the gift of faith in Christ and keep alive my hope in Christ. It is the love of God.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:6-11)