Jesus justifies us

Mark 15:5 “3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled.”
The Pharisees and Chief Priests accused Jesus of blasphemy and other false things.
But Jesus did not justify Himself before Pilate so that we are justified before God by faith in Christ.
He was condemned for no fault of His own, so that we are made righteous by no goodness of our own.
2nd Corinthians 5

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. 18 But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

 

There is no condemnation for the believer because our sins were condemned in the body of Christ on the cross. We could never be perfect and therefore Christ lived a perfect life and then died on the cross for all our sins – therefore there is no condemnation for us. When we believe in Christ, then we are in the Spirit – where there is no condemnation.

Romans 8 

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the SpiritFor the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things? 33 Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”

The true believer will be sincere in his walk. He/she may not be perfect but will definitely not be loving sin or living in wickedness.

But as believers, our own flesh can condemn us when we make mistakes. The good news is that Christ does not condemn us! He does not want us to sin but He wants to transform us into His glory by His Spirit living in us.

Romans 8 “29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers”

People may accuse us, but God does not accuse us. He has justified us.

But when we face accusations, we have Christ our High Priest who lives forever in heaven and therefore He saves us forever!

Hebrews 7 ”

22 By so much, Jesus has become the collateral of a better covenant. 23 Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death. 24 But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable. 25 Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them. 26 For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens27 who doesn’t need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices daily, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. For he did this once for all, when he offered up himself.”

Christ represents us as our High Priest in heaven. His righteousness has been accounted to us. Therefore He prays for us that our faith will not fail and that we will be found righteous until the end.

Philippians 3 “that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith,”

 

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