The Facts of the Case

Bible Reading: Romans 8

Romans 8:33-34a, “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn?”

“Guilty, vile and helpless we, spotless Lamb of God is He.  Full atonement, can it be?  Hallelujah, what a Savior!”

There was no need for an affidavit.  No need for probable cause to obtain a search warrant.  No need for human witnesses. The God who knows all and sees all, understands all about your sins—“no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

In the Divine Courtroom every human being stands guilty before the just and perfect Creator of all, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). There can be no appeal. The guilty verdict stands, as does the righteous judgment—“the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

So, what are any of us to do?  There’s nothing on our own which can be done.  The fact of our guilt is undeniable.  The punishment is unavoidable.  No amount of pleading or begging, or excuse-making can change the course of this just verdict.  We are helpless and hopeless to do anything.  There can be no acquittal.

Yet in the courtroom stands One who has purposed to intervene on our behalf.  Sent from God Himself, He “came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).  In His preeminent act of love, by His once for all sacrifice for sins, He came to bear the punishment we deserve.  “By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands,” having nailed it to the cross, He has absolved the guilt of all who trust in Him (Colossians 2:14).  “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through out Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).  On the merit of Christ’s sacrifice, the believer in Christ has been declared righteous, and that verdict stands and is irrevokable for those who are in Him!

That doesn’t stop Satan, the accuser of the brethren, from making accusations against the child of God (Revelation 12:10).  “Guilty,” he cries out. “You are forever doomed,” he declares!  In one sense, his accusations are valid, for we do still sin.  But Satan gets nowhere in his charges because God has already dismissed the charges against us.  The Righteous Judge himself has once-for-all declared the believer righteous on the basis of his faith in Jesus Christ, and His once-for-all sacrifice for sins.  No past sins, no present sins, and no future sins can work to change God’s verdict!

Martin Luther commented on this, “When the devil accuses us and says, ‘You are a sinner and therefore damned,’ we should answer, ‘Because you say I am a sinner, I will be righteous and saved.’  ‘No,’ says the devil, ‘you will be damned.’  And I reply, ‘No, for I fly to Christ, who gave himself for my sins.  Satan, you will not prevail against me when you try to terrify me by setting forth the greatness of my sins and try to bring me into heaviness, distrust, despair, hatred, contempt and blasphemy against God.  On the contrary, when you say I am a sinner, you give me armor and weapons against yourself, so that with your own sword I may cut your throat and tread you under my feet, for Christ died for sinners. . . . As often as you object that I am a sinner, so often you remind me of the benefit of Christ my Redeemer, on whose shoulders, and not on mine, lie all my sins.  So when you say I am a sinner, you do not terrify me but comfort me immeasurably.’”


Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Guilty, helpless, lost were we;
blameless Lamb of God was he,
sacrificed to set us free:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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