As a part of my Sunday afternoon routine I like to set aside time to read something the refreshes my soul and aids me in my worship of God. I am currently reading through Samuel Bolton’s, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, in which has this to say about the christian’s freedom from sin:
That none of our sins shall condemn us or bring wrath upon us, Christ interposes himself between us and wrath, so that no one shall be able to condemn us: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) Christ himself shall soon be called to account for your sin as you yourself.
Building upon this truth, he then looks to the great declaration of Romans 8:33–34 which says, “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
To that Bolton says:
He does not say, ‘who shall accuse?’ but, ‘who shall condemn?’ Indeed, we may have accusers enough – sin, Satan, conscience, and the rest – but none can condemn. The issues of life and death are not in their hand. And as none of our sins shall condemn us, so none of our sins shall ever bring us into a state of condemnation again, ever put us under the curse or under wrath again.
In our daily and sometimes painfully slow process of being conformed to the image of Christ, this is a refreshing and liberating truth to consider. Freedom from sin does not remove the possibility of accusation against our sin, but it most certainly eradicates any grounds for condemnation.
Christ is greater still!