Fairview Baptist Church
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Connecting to God, to each other, to the world

Verse of the Week

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

                                                                                              - Romans 8:1
 
One of my favorite teachers in high school was a man named Blaine Shattuck. He was a large man with a ZZ Top style beard and a booming voice. He was by far the most intimidating teacher I encountered at any level of education, from Kindergarten all the way through graduate school. But while he could be strict and tough, Mr. Shattuck was also a kind man who truly cared for his students. He invested his time and energy in our lives, so that at the end of the school year we weren’t just better at history, we were better people as well. He could joke with us and make learning enjoyable. There are so many good memories of the times I spent in his classroom. One that stands out is the large sign that sat on the very front of his desk. It said, “What part of NO didn’t you understand?” Every time I saw that sign I could just hear him saying those words. And as I think of them now, I realize that even as adults we often have a hard time understanding what NO really means. There are any number of ways in which we see this take place. When God tells us, “No,” for instance, we want to negotiate and try to get God to give in to our demands (which He never does, but we keep right on trying - at least we’re persistent). And when the Lord tells us our sins are gone, and He will remember them no more, we attempt to qualify what He means. We think, “Well, He took care of all the ones up til now. But I have to do something about the ones I’ll commit later today, tomorrow, and next week.” Or we say, “You just don’t know how bad I’ve been. I know God has dealt with most of my sins. But I’ve done things that are so bad He could never get rid of those.”  We all experience those kinds of thoughts. In those times, it’s good to remember what the Apostle Paul said to the believers in Rome. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). There’s no qualification or equivocation. Once you are cleansed of your sins by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, you no longer stand condemned. Not now. Not ever. You can think of this as a series of questions and answers. Are you still seen as guilty for the sins you have committed? NO. Do you need an extra measure of grace for your more serious sins? NO. Do you need to keep getting saved to atone for your future misdeeds? NO. Does God punish you for sins you committed but forgot to confess? NO. The great truth of the Bible is that every saved man, woman, and child stands free of any and all condemnation because of the unmatched grace of Almighty God. We don’t save ourselves. We cannot save ourselves. But when God saves us, we are fully and completely saved. Nothing can ever take that away. No one can ever again condemn us in the eyes of the Lord. His blood is the final word on the matter. Have you turned to Him for salvation? If not, do so right now. He will set you free.
 
                                                                                                                                     - Bro. David