Daily Insight October 12
Will I be condemned or judged?
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:17-18.
Amid all the personal trials of living on this earth, people often are worried or scared about their future security. The ultimate scary or worry thing is, will I be judged? Will I be condemned for the bad things I have done intentionally or unintentionally? Some people ended up in suicide because their souls charged them regarding the wrong things they have done. Alternatively, thousands end up in depression and lose interest in life because of something in the past.
When people get older, some worry that they may get condemned for the things they have done at their young age? The same thought of impending judgment can destroy the peace of those who are in sickbed or nearing death.
For people who worry about judgment or condemnation, God and Jesus have a magnificent promise. God promises I did not send the Son (Jesus) into the world to judge you, but that you might be saved by him. What a relief! Listen to what Jesus says, “whoever believes in Him is not judged or condemned (NASB and NIV). Those who believed in him means those who accepted Jesus as their savior. Those who believe Jesus died for their sins, buried and rose again on the third day. Absence of judgment or condemnation for their sins and mistakes (for those who accept Christ as their savior) is called the good news or the gospel.
You will not be judged or condemned if you believe Jesus as your savior. Isn’t a wonderful, life-giving, and hope-filled promise for those who struggle about the thought of future judgment or condemnation? One of my friends in the middle age said that he did a few bad things and good things in life in a personal conversation. He would not have done bad affairs, had he known better at that time. However, it caused sadness and weeping in other people. He also said he did a few good things. He only hopes that ultimately he would not be condemned for the bad things he had done.
I shared the good news of the promise of Jesus Christ with him. The Bible says in Romans 8:1 that, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I also showed him Romans 6:23 that says, For the wages of the sin he committed is, of course, death; however, the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. He asked me how is that possible? I said Jesus, being the savior, took all of his sins from his account and placed on His divine and sinless body. Then He went to the cross, died in his place, buried, and victoriously rose again from the dead on the third day. This is how he fully paid for all of his sins. As our insight today says, God did not send the Son into the world to judge him. He sent his Son that he might be saved through him. “Whoever” means- it does not matter who you are – how worse your sins are or how minimum your sins are – if one believes in the name of Jesus Christ, he or she is not condemned period!
Condemnation or judgment comes upon people only for one reason, and that is also stated in our insight. It says whoever does not believe in Jesus Christ stands condemned because he or she has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son-Jesus Christ. There is no other ground for future judgment. The only ground of future judgment is the non-acceptance of Christ Jesus.
Why don’t you go condemnation/judgment-free by inviting Jesus as your savior today? I will help you to do just that now with a small prayer of acceptance.
“Father in heaven, I believe you sent Your Son, Jesus, into this world not to judge me but to save me through Him. I believe Jesus died in my place for all of my sins and shortcomings. I believe he was buried and victoriously rose again. I accept Jesus as my savior and Lord. Please forgive my sins and make me your child with no condemnation, as you have promised. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”