As I stated last week, giving into self-righteousness eventually leads to condemnation. Galatians 5:4 declares that we fall from grace when we choose to be justified by law.
Romans 3:20 says “…because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified (made righteous) in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”
Trying to live under the Law will never bring about the righteousness of God. Instead, it will place us in the express lane to guilt and condemnation.
The word “condemn” means: to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on, indicate strong disapproval of, to pronounce to be guilty, sentence to punishment, to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service.
So, when we fall into condemnation we think that God no longer favors us, disapproves of us, is going to punish us and marks us as unfit for service in His kingdom.
I hope we all see the dangers of living with this kind of mindset about God.
Imagine that everyone who called themselves the children of God lived their whole life under the dark cloud of condemnation. We would live in perpetual defeat and be run ragged by the devil. We would ultimately see the disintegration of the Church in the world. Why? Because we would consider ourselves unworthy to receive any of God’s promises or operate in His power.
This is why the devil fights so violently against the doctrine of righteousness in the Church and in our personal lives. If we fully believe that we can stand victoriously with Jesus in the presence of God without shame or fear, we become unstoppable. But, if we refuse to even open our mouths to pray to God due to condemnation we will continue to be defeated.
That’s why the Holy Spirit had the Apostle Paul write Romans 8:1: “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
There is no condemnation for us in Christ. We enter into condemnation when we strive to live self-righteously under the Law. The Law will only bring knowledge of our sins and that knowledge will bring condemnation.
2 Peter 1:2 reads “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”