This is another post in our series to help us discover our true identity in Christ.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me (and us) free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh” Romans 8:1-3
Often times we don’t need to wait around for someone to tell us we’re veering off the path of life in Christ. We tell ourselves. Sometimes in the most awful ways. Self-condemnation is one of the most harmful, damaging things we do. We don’t harm others. We harm ourselves. We hurt ourselves. We spend valuable time practicing self-deprecation. We’re better than anyone else at condemning ourselves. Sometimes we condemn ourselves for failures that aren’t even sinful. Sometimes we condemn ourselves even though someone else is at fault. Sometimes we accept undue criticism from others.
That happens when we fail to understand our true identity in Christ. When we understand our true identity in Christ, we realize there’s nothing left in us to condemn. Christ’s death on the cross condemned sin in our flesh (Romans 8:3b). We have been set free from the law of sin and death. That law has no effect on us any more. In fact, we’re not under law any more. We are under grace.
That does not mean we won’t be chastened by the Lord, or convicted of our sins by the Holy Spirit. But no condemnation awaits us. We are secure in the love and protection of Jesus. We are sealed.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him (in Christ) with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession (That’s you and me)—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
We’re in a wonderful place. We don’t have to ever worry about being acceptable to God. He is keeping us safe in His loving arms until He calls us home.
There is nothing in us or about us to condemn. If we’ll just stop condemning ourselves, we’ll move one step closer to knowing, understanding, believing and living out of our true identity in Christ.