Forgiveness. The End of Condemnation.
One definition for the word forgiveness is absolution. Defining absolution then, we see that forgiveness is a formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
Even more interesting is that the antonyms for forgiveness and absolution are punishment and condemnation. The Bible says that there is therefore no more condemnation for those who are in Christ, and now this makes perfect sense because forgiveness is the release from guilt and condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
One again, there can be no condemnation for those in Christ, for he is the release from condemnation. Christ is forgiveness and freedom. I know that in the past I have struggled with guilt stemming from unwanted thoughts, but I now know that I am forgiven and covered in the blood of Christ. This leads me to rejoice, in his Victory, for me.
We often think that things depend on ourselves, but they depend not on us, but on Christ, who is our Victory. We are then Victorious, as he is.
We just have to rest enough to receive that which he wants to give us. Often I feel like it’s my praise or my worship or my feelings or my thoughts that validate me. But then it would depend on me and not on Christ’s finished work. It is either Christ or it is me, and it is Christ. He has done it. And thank God it is so because I can do nothing without Christ. This I know to be true.
Forgiveness is such a radical concept because it is completely unearned. It is only by the grace of God. We are so lucky and so blessed to have a God that would do anything for us, even die for us on a cross.
I have the Victory through Jesus Christ.
Michael Christopher Migioia is a dedicated soldier in the army of the Lord. His cry is for others to encounter the great and tremendous love of our awesome God and Savior who would do anything for us. He is spreading the word that the Lord Jesus is cooler than your best friend, funnier than your favorite comedian, more reliable than stainless steel and titanium, and for you in every situation. Don’t believe it? See for yourself. Taste the Lord and see that he is good.