Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
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Justified or Condemned
You are loved by God as He loved His own Son.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (Romans 5:8-9).
Because of the atoning death of Christ for our sins, there can be justification instead of condemnation for the guilty sinner. There is justification “through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (3:24).
The Lord Jesus Christ makes it emphatically clear that death is not the end of personal existence. Your relationship to Him determines the kind of existence you enter into when you die physically. There are two forms of existence beyond death—one good and one horrible. You cannot avoid your eternal destiny; however, what you do with Jesus Christ determines where you will spend eternity.
Jesus said, “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 5:28-30).
Beyond the grave there will be a resurrection unto life for the person who believes on Christ as his savior and a resurrection to condemnation for all who reject Him. When a person dies these destinies are established for eternity.
When God saves a person He saves him for eternity.
The Bible makes it very clear that God will hold us accountable if we persist in sin and refuse to yield to His rightful Lordship.
We deserve the fierce wrath of God and condemnation because of our rebellion, but God has demonstrated His great love for us at the cross. Instead of wrath, He has extended His grace to us. Instead of condemnation, He has borne the judgment for our sins and sets us free. Only a gracious God would do that.
Everyone is so deeply trapped by sin and depravity that apart from the grace of God we are not able to repent and believe on Christ. It takes the power of God to change our hearts.
God commands that all people everywhere repent of their sins because He has set a day when He will judge the world by His justice (Acts 17:30-31).
Sin is rebellion against God. The sinner refuses to listen to the voice of God. He insists on his own way. He refuses to be obedient to God's commands. Sin is a turning your back upon God. The apostle Paul declared, “All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Rom. 3:12).
God in His marvelous grace has set His love upon us. That is the one thing that brings about our salvation. God loves us in the same way He loves Christ. We are Christians because of His infinite grace.
Men are condemned by God’s holiness because they are sinners, but God in His grace and mercy saves sinners from eternal condemnation (Gal. 2:16; 3:26). God’s righteousness and justice sends the sinner to hell. He cannot and will not tolerate sin in His holy presence.
However, if you come to Christ as one who has believed on the Lord Jesus and in His atoning death for you, God promises to receive you as He receives His own Son, Jesus Christ.
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ” (Rom. 8:1). He will take you to heaven as one whose sin has already been punished on the cross of Jesus.
The grace of Lord Jesus Christ pardons all sin. Left to ourselves, we are all spiritual corpses (Eph. 2:1). We can do nothing to save ourselves. Only God can save us. Jesus who is equal to God is the only one through whom a person can know God (Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Will your judgment be “unto life” because of your personal relationship with Christ? Or will your judgment be “unto condemnation” because you have stubbornly refused to put your faith in Him?
Are you trusting in Jesus Christ for your salvation? If you have never put your trust in Christ, it is my prayer that you will right now. Can you say, “Once I was condemned and subject to the just wrath of God, but now I have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, and I have received the gift of God’s righteousness through faith in Him?” If so, you are no longer condemned; you are justified.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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