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“Who Will Bring A Charge Against God’s Elect?”

“…If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” Romans 8:31-34 (NASB)
“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?” Since God is God He is holy, just, and righteous. Can He condemn us? Would He want to condemn us? “It is God who justifies.” God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son and allowed Him to taste death for us, allowed Him to bear our sins in His own body on the cross in order to redeem us. The same God has provided victory, grace, and strength to travel life’s journey. Since God is God, He cannot and He will not bring a charge against one of His born again children.
Would Christ bring a charge against one whom He has saved? Would He condemn one who has trusted in His shed blood and finished work? No. It was Christ who loved us enough to die for us and who even now sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. Christ lives–not to condemn us, but to stand in our place before God the Father.
Can the Holy Spirit bring a charge against God’s elect? No. It is the Spirit who leads us into paths of right living. He abides within our heart to direct us, to assure us, to lead us around the pitfalls of Satan. It is the third Person of the Trinity who seals us until the day of redemption; and although it is possible for the believer to grieve the Spirit, He would not accuse or condemn us.
Can sin condemn us? No–the spotless Son of God was made to be sin for us, and we are justified through His shed blood. When we are in Him, truly born again, we are just as just as Jesus is just; and when God looks upon us He does not see our sin: He sees the blood of Jesus that covers the believer (2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:6,7).
Can Satan condemn us? No–although he would like to! He accuses the brethren (Rev. 12:10), but he cannot condemn us. He is a conquered foe and he knows it. Jesus stood face to face with him and defeated him. He overcame the world, the flesh, the devil, death, hell, and the grave; therefore Satan cannot bring a charge against God’s elect.
Can the Law condemn us? No; because Jesus fulfilled every jot and tittle of the Law and we stand in Him before God as perfect Law-keepers.
Can death condemn us when we come to the end of life’s journey? No. Jesus took a body, and in that body He tasted death for every man. He removed the sting of death for the Christian. He died– but it was not possible that death should hold Him. He rose again–and because He lives, we live.
There is no one in heaven, in earth, or under the earth who can bring a charge against God’s elect.

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