TOPIC: JUSTIFIED BY THE COURT OF HEAVEN
Bible: Rom. 3:24
*Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus*
It’s difficult for an average Christian to believe that they have been justified, that is, made righteous, declare innocent, guiltless and acquitted because of the rampant and endemic falsification of the gospel truth.
Lack of knowledge about this truth has made many children of God captive to their past sins. They sometimes assume what they are passing through is the consequence of their past deeds. This is what the devil made them believe because their mind is not renewed with the truth from God’s word.
Note: *You will never fully walk in the reality of who you are in Christ until you meditate on the Word of God*
Listen, your sin and the consequences end on the day you meet Jesus and genuinely accept him as your Lord and Saviour. God won’t judge you by the past but the devil will do everything to hunt you with your past.
Too many are enslaved by the memories of their past. They could be cheerful one moment and depressed the next, all because they remembered something they did in the past. But did you know that from the moment you were born again, your past ceased to exist?
2 Corinthians 5:17 says,
“…if any man is in Christ, He is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things become new.
The Christian is a new creation, and the new creation has no past; he never existed before.
Your old nature, the old you and everything about your earthly, natural human life were supplanted by the life and nature of God at the New Birth. When God looks at you now, He doesn’t see an old, wretched, struggling sinner saved by grace; rather, He sees Christ, because you’re in Christ. And in Christ, you’ve been made righteous; you’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
So, even when you remember a past mistake and you feel bad and ask God to forgive you over and over again, He doesn’t have the record; He doesn’t remember.
Christ Jesus paid the full penalty for sin in His death on the Cross. The Bible says it was necessary that Christ should suffer for our sins (Luke 24:46), and now we walk in newness of life.
To be justified means to be declared innocent without any prize to be paid again. It means to be declared guiltless and acquitted by the court of heaven. Notice I said It is the court of heaven that declares you innocent. Earthly court may have something against you as a prisoner but if you are born again inside the prison today, you’re declared innocent in heaven.
Likewise, human beings may still hold your sins against you but God declares you innocent and made you righteous the day you surrender your own life to Jesus as Lord and Saviour. This is why the devil will try to persecute every Christian that receives this unmerited favor. The devil knows you have just escaped damnation and he will want to hunt you by your past.
At salvation, your lost glory is restored. Your lost womb is replaced with a new one, your sorrow is replaced with joy, your disappointment turns appointment with God. Most importantly, your stony heart is replaced with the heart of flesh and a new Spirit God has put within you. You stop being ordinary or the person you use to be but a new person in Christ Jesus. You change kingdom from darkness to Light and you status from hell-bound candidate to heaven-bound candidate.
Brethren, God is not the one reminding you of your past sins and failures. 1 John 1:7-9 says, If we confess our sins, God will wash us from all sin and unrighteousness. God will be unjust to promise forgiveness and yet not forgive if you indeed and genuinely repent of such sin. God doesn’t disobey his word. When God declares a man innocent and acquitted, no devil can put you under the same guilt again. Your freedom is from God, not man.
You see, the Bible says we are justified *freely*. It means no sacrifice or ransom is needed from you. All you need is your faith. Jesus has paid the price, he is the ransom and he used himself as the sacrifice. You have no prize to pay to be declared innocent and just again.
Have you killed, committed abortion, indulge in sexual immorality, involve in cultism? Jesus will declare you innocent and acquitted if you surrender your life to him today. He hates the sin you’re committing but loves you as his own creation. Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn you but to reconcile us back to God so that eternal life will be given to us as a gift.
Beloved, grace is available and the door of mercy is widely opened.
Will you allow this time to pass over you again?
Do you want to waste this privilege of coming out of darkness to light?
The consequences of denying Jesus is worse than death by hanging.
Run to Jesus this morning and you shall sing a new song.
Prayer of salvation
Father, I come to you today as I am. I believe I have sinned and Jesus has already paid for my sin. I believe he died and resurrected on the third day. I accept Jesus into my heart and confess Him as my Saviour and Lord. Thank you for accepting me, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla
Oracle of God