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Whose Opinion Matters?

“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:33-34)

Continuing with the theme of the Christian’s security in Jesus Christ found in this closing section of Romans 8, we now come to two little verses that remind us of one simple truth: it is God alone Who has the power to save or condemn. Though others will bring accusations and charges against the believer (some false but many, unfortunately, accurate), our fate and destiny is still in the hands of the Lord Jesus. Satan is called the accuser of the brethren and we are told that he brings accusations against us before God continually (Rev. 12:10). But he has absolutely no power or influence to change the fact that we stand justified by faith.

Jesus reminded His disciples that it is the prerogative of God alone to save a man or cast him into Hell (Luke 12:5). He also declared that the power of judgment has been given to Him exclusively (John 5:22). In other words, it is the verdict of the Lord Jesus Christ that is most important; it is His conclusion of whether or not you stand guilty or pardoned before Him that matters.

It is our tendency to want to defend ourselves when we are accused, to explain our actions and justify our motives whenever charges of misbehavior or sinfulness are brought against us — regardless of who it is that brings them. We feel compelled to answer our critics, refuting the false accusations and mitigating the true. While we do have an obligation to apologize and make things right with those we mistreat, the Apostle Paul reminds us here that we stand justified by faith in Jesus Christ (if we are in Him) and that the charges and accusations of others, be it human or demonic, holds absolutely no sway over our condition with God. The finger-pointing and fault-finding of others does not influence our position in Christ; even if the accusations are correct. It is before our own Lord that we stand or fall and we have already seen, in Romans 3-5, that it is God’s grace, not our merit, which justifies us.

When we are saved and in Christ, we are to depart from sin and iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19). But when we do commit sin, the Lord will forgive us as we confess those sins before Him (1 John 1:9). We have the promise of the Lord that He will remember those sins no more, nor will He hold them against us — even if others do (Ps. 103:12). It is God alone Who justifies and it is God alone Who condemns. It is ultimately how He sees us that really matters.

To God goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

 

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6 responses

  1. This is such an important reminder for each of us today, as accusations fly, that they don’t change who we are in Jesus. I want to share this with another blogger, who had undergone some harsh words spoken to her by her family about her past . . and it really hurt and shook her. Thank you, Loren , and God bless you as you spread the Truth!

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  2. That’s awesome, Deb, I sure hope the person you are sharing this with will find comfort in being reminded that it is how the Lord sees us that truly matters :) Words can sure cut deeply and we all have things in our past that we’d rather not be reminded of. Praise God that He makes all things new!

    Thanks, Deb, I hope you are having a blessed and restful weekend :)

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  3. I was sent to your blog by a friend of mine, because I have been accused and talked down so bad by family and the added stress of Parkinson’s and behaviors of mine have done me in the past day or two. what you have said is exactly what i needed to read. i needed assurance that God is listening and he cares. the pain that i have carried yesterday and today in my heart is overbearing, and i just want to move on but it is slow. thank you for your post today.

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  4. Reblogged this on terry1954 and commented:
    i needed every word to speak to me and it did

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  5. I praise God that this post has been a blessing and a comfort to you :) I pray that the Lord will touch you with His healing touch and bring you you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback; your encouraging comments are a blessing to me :)

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  6. you are welcome, but it is God and you who have helped me

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