Summary: The gospel and the atonement
I began by sharing some quotes from my review of Living the Cross Centred Life.
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God is angry with the wicked and will punish all disobedience of man.
The only place to be safe from the wrath of God is in Christ.
Those who are in Christ are not under condemnation.
The power of condemnation is guilt.
We should not be feeling guilty because we are forgiven in Christ.
Gods love and His acceptance of us does not depend on what we do, but on His unfailing and unconditional love.
FREE BECAUSE OF JESUS
No Condemnation in Christ
Whats the therefore, therefore? THEREFORE BECAUSE OF WHAT CAME BEFORE
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness an unrighteousness of men.
None is righteous, no, not one; No one understands; No one seeks for God. l have turned aside; together they have become worthless; No one does good, Not even one.
. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
"... blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin."
saved by him (Jesus) from the wrath of God."
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
WHY DO WE FEEL CONDEMNED?
It is not about whether or not we FEEL condemned. The true question should be are we MEANT to feel condemned -- are we, in fact, condemned already, or has our condemnation been taken away? Because without Christ we ARE condemned. The Gospel doesnt just put a plaster over the wound of our guilt and say its okay no, it says there really IS condemnation and wrath against us.
The Lord roars from Zion and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel.
"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
REASONS WHY WE SHOULD NOT FEEL CONDEMNED
We are in Christ.
We are set free from the law.
Our weakness no longer matters as we have an "alien solution" to our internal problem.
Our condemnation, although just and deserved, has been paid by another.
We respond to the gospel, and have seen its benefits in our lives - repentance is a mindset change that leads to a lifestyle change
-One had condemned in sinful flesh the word NOT there.
-Others get rid of the idea of CONDEMNING.
-Sometimes implying a sacrifice.
Likeness means he isnt ACTUALLY sinful flesh God made him to be sin . . .
The condemnation of verse 1 is taken by the one human who never deserved it!