Sorry for the two week delay – but that is an unintended effect of a kidney stone!! Ouch!
Remember – we are looking at the effects of God imputing His righteousness to us…the effects of our relationship being based on the life and death of Christ and not on our performance. The first effect was that our sin never separates us from God again as it is no longer the basis of our relationship.
Now the second effect is this – because God sees Christ’s punishment on the cross as our punishment, we are free from condemnation. Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Will you and I still sin? Absolutely, we still have our flesh. Do we feel guilty when we sin? You bet! Does our guilt condemn us? NO! Never again do we need to feel condemned when we sin. If we still feel condemned because of our sin and guilt, we are imagining something that is not true. If in reality we are still condemned then the sacrifice of Christ on cross did not work…but it did work and so there is not even a grain of condemnation left for us. What incredible freedom this gives us in the presence of God.