Why do Christians feel condemned?
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In the bible, there is a verse that says whoever is in Christ, there will no longer be condemnation.
Romans 8:1 = Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
I have come to this conclusion that many Christians DO NOT believe that God has removed ALL their sins. They only believe that God removed the sins that they did before becoming a Christian. And they have to follow the law and try to live a sinless life (or try to sin less) to please God.
When they try to follow the law to please God, they are essentially arming the devil with a weapon. And whenever they break a law, the devil will use the law to condemn them. In Colossians 2:14-15, it says God disarmed the devil by Jesus’ death on the cross.
Colossians 2:14-15 = When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us ALL our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
How did God disarm the devil?
It is written in Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
When Jesus died on the cross, he took our sins and paid the penalty on our behalf.
2 Corinthians 5:21 = God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Having paid fully for our sins, Jesus magnified and fulfilled the law. Since Jesus has fully paid for our debts (sins), we are no longer slaves under the law.
Imagine a man who purchase a house from HDB. Because he does not have money, therefore he has to take a loan from the bank. Every month, he has to pay the bank every month until the loan + interest is 100% cleared. Then one day, his father wanted to clear the loan for his son and paid everything that the man owes to the bank. Once the loan has been fully paid, the man is no longer under debt to the bank. When the next month come, even if the man receive a letter from the bank for loan payment. He can ignore the letter and penalty for non-payment because he knows the house have already been fully paid.
How do we know that Jesus has paid for my past, present and future sins?
Hebrews 9:26 & 28 says that Jesus appeared ONCE to do away with sin.
Hebrews 9:26 = Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Hebrews 9:28 = so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
God created time. Therefore, God is outside time. Most of the prophesies in the bible, God wrote them thousands of years in advance. It is written in the bible that God knows the end from the beginning.
Isaiah 46:9-10 = Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
Revelation 22:13 = I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
If God knows the future, then God knows every single sin that we are going to do from the day we are born to the day we die. Therefore, Jesus’ death on the cross is payment for our past, present and future sins.
How clean are we after Jesus paid for our sins?
It is written in the bible that we are like Jesus in this world.
1 John 4:17 = This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
This means that if you are born again, your identity is in Christ.
If Jesus is sinless, so am I
If Jesus is righteous, so am I
If Jesus is holy, so am I
If Jesus is seated on God’s right hand, so am I
If Jesus is blessed, so am I
If Jesus has favour with the Father, so am I
Once you believed that ALL your sins have been washed away, you should not have consciousness of sin.
Hebrews 10:2 = For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
And the devil will no power over you. And you will be able to live a life that Christ paid with his life for you to have.
A lot of Christians have no assurance of salvation not because they are trying to maintain their salvation by their good works but because they are constantly examining themselves to assess if they were really saved in the first place.
Many Calvinists have this kind of thinking but fortunately there is one certain Calvinist by the name of Dr RT Kendall who thinks critically enough to question such a teaching. He writes:
Some teach that you cannot claim to be a Christian until you prove it by your perseverance. If you turn out well, good; this shows you were truly born again. But if you don't turn out well, this shows you were not truly saved after all.
For years, the English Puritans had been my heroes. But that was before I examined them very carefully. These men had in common the belief that a person must be "prepared" for grace before he or she could be truly saved. Such preparation to me smacked of salvation by works.
This widespread teaching is called "lordship salvation." Sadly, those who teach this do not say it means affirming that Jesus is God, which (in my opinion) is what Paul actually means by lordship salvation. They say you cannot claim to have Jesus as your Savior until you first receive Him as Lord. Agreed.
But what does it mean to acknowledge Him as Lord? Does it mean you must obey all His commands before you can be sure you are saved? There are those who virtually put sanctification before salvation as proof you are really saved!
I do not accept this kind of teaching. That is precisely what I was set free from. If I am told I cannot be sure I am saved unless I am always manifesting holiness—good works—that is bondage. I would be looking inside myself day and night to see if I am still saved, checking my spiritual pulse every day, asking, "Am I in, or am I out?"
The Calvinist community really need more bible teachers like RT Kendall who have the skill to rightly divide the Word of God.