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Condemned No More

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” – John 5:24

I was set to speak at a university campus my wife and I had been told was the most unresponsive to the gospel of any school in California. When we got there, the organizers of the meeting were pulling open a large folding door to enlarge the meeting space. Even then, the place was packed, and students were standing in the back. I gave a thirty-minute message explaining the gospel of Christ, and when I opened the meeting for questions, one student asked, “Are you saying, sir, that if I come to Christ in the manner you suggested, I would never face judgment?”

“Yes, that’s what I’m saying,” I replied. “Christ died to pay the entire penalty for our sin. When we come to Him in repentance and faith, we have His assurance that if we hear and have faith, we will not be judged.”

The meeting went on for another hour or two, and periodically the matter of judgment came up. After the meeting, a student asked me about it one more time.

The judgment of God is not a pleasant topic, yet Scripture is filled with references to it. In Ezekiel 24-28, the phrase “this is what the sovereign Lord says” occurs twenty-eight times, followed by a message of judgment.

When you and I came to Christ, we settled that issue once and for all. But many people are still struggling with it. I didn’t think a group of freewheeling college kids in California would be interested in the judgment of God. Could there be someone you know who is longing for the peace of knowing “there is [therefore] now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8.1)?


Lord, help me to represent Your love to those You place within my sphere of influence. Amen.

To Ponder

The peace that passes understanding is the legacy of those who are no longer under condemnation.
(The Navigators)