I Believe, therefore, I Am Not Condemned

He that believeth on Him is not condemned… – John 3:18

Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity… – Micah 7:18

“Whosoever believeth in Jesus Christ is not condemned.” If I believe in Jesus Christ, then I am not condemned. What right have I to think I am? If God says I am not, it would be presumption on my part to think I am condemned. It cannot be presumption to take God’s Word just as He gives it to me. “Oh!” saith one, “how happy should I be if this might be my case.” Thou hast well spoken, for blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, and whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord doth not impute iniquity. “But,” saith another, “I should hardly think such a great thing could be possible to such an one as I am.” Thou reasonest after the manner of the sons of men. Know then that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are God’s ways above your ways, and His thoughts above your thoughts. It is yours to err; it is God’s to forgive. You err like a man, but God does not pardon like a man; He pardons like a God, so that we burst forth with wonder, and sing, “Who is a God like unto Thee, that passeth by transgression, iniquity, and sin?” When you make anything, it is some little work suitable to your abilities, but our God made the heavens. When you forgive, it is some forgiveness suitable to your nature and circumstances; but when He forgives, He displays the riches of His grace on a grander scale than your finite mind can comprehend. Ten thousand sins of blackest dye, sins of a hellish hue He doth in a moment put away, for He delighteth in mercy; and judgment is His strange work. “As I live, saith the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, but had rather that he turn unto Me and live.” This is a joyful note with which my text furnishes me. There is no remission, except with blood; but there is remission, for the blood has been shed. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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