Have you ever been accused of something that you did not do, had no part in? Sure you have, everyone has been accused of something, be it good or bad, of which they had no part in or responsibility concerning the results of the action in question. Scripture makes it very clear that all who are believers in Jesus the Christ have an accuser, someone who constantly defames them, someone who blames them. This accuser is constantly affirming that believers are guilty of various and sundry crimes against the Lord God Almighty as well as against other people.
The question must be asked, does this accuser have legal grounds from which to launch and substantiate his accusations? Before answering this question concerning the legal grounds of the accuser, let’s first answer another question. A question of which directly affects the answer as to the legality of the accuser’s accusations. Okay, I think you got it, you know what the second question is going to be. Are you a believer, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you found in Him? That was easy, sure you believe in Jesus Christ, I mean, look at the calendar, that alone makes it obvious that He was here.
But now the discussion turns to what does it really mean to believe in Jesus? Now I can’t tell you what you believe, but I can tell you what I believe. My basis for my belief is the Word of God. My son reminded me recently of the glut of opinions that flood societies worldwide. Opinions are just that, opinions, unless the holy scriptures validate them as being Truth. Only the Spirit of Truth is capable of guiding us through the maze of lies that make up the glut of information available to us. This guidance is just as necessary when we approach the Word of God, as well as what we consider to be the Word from Him, whether spoken or read.
The Word of God states that Christ had no human father and therefore no compulsory enslavement to the power of sin. Christ was the perfect display of the attributes of His Father, the express image of God’s revealed character. I see that He lived under the Law given through Moses, doing so with absolute obedience to the Law and His Heavenly Father. I know He was blameless before His Heavenly Father until He took my sin upon His body and soul. I know He could not die except He took the sin of the whole world upon Himself. Scripture does not say His spirit died, but it does say His spirit left His body as He sent it to His Father! God cannot die, though the New York Times made the absurd claim that God was dead in a 1967 publication. This article speaks volumes concerning the untrustworthiness of world media in general, another example of opinion not founded in truth.
I see that Satan has nothing of which to accuse me because, and only because, I am found in the righteousness of Christ. If it were possible for Satan to find fault with Christ, then I also would be subject to his accusations. I believe I am safe in Christ’s righteousness, as Romans 8:31-33 shows. “If God be for us who can be against us? Who can lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies.
We as believers have received the gift of righteousness as stated in Romans 5:16. The Greek word from the original text translated justification in that 16th verse is better translated as being defendable. Our position in Christ makes it possible for God to defend us against the accuser even though we have broken God’s laws. It can’t be emphasized enough, we who are saved are not going to appear before God based on the history accrued from our first birth. We enter into God’s presence at the throne of grace, because we have Christ’s history and because we are found in Him. If you think you have to answer for your sin at the judgment seat of God, then it is with sadness that I tell you that you are probably not going to be disappointed.
Now we move to the illustration that reveals the impenetrableness of Christ’s Holy righteousness, the standing in which the saved are kept safe from the accuser. In the book of John we hear Jesus make a statement about Himself, His purity and righteousness. In John 14:30, Christ speaks these words “hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the Prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. Two things are obvious in this statement by Christ. Satan is coming to find fault in Christ, and Christ affirms there is nothing to find.
Scripture accounts that we are found in Christ, in His righteousness, and not the righteousness which is of the law or our obedience to it.
But we have righteousness that is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. We who are true believers have no confidence in the use of flesh to achieve righteousness that is acceptable to God, we count all such efforts no more than dung. We find these aforementioned truths evident in Philippians 3 where we also see a warning to beware of those who teach that righteousness is achieved through obedience to the law.
Is the Justified Believer in Righteousness or in Sin?
The word of God is clear, there is no sin in Christ, He is completely and totally righteous. This begs the question, can anyone who is in Him also be in sin?
Lets look to Scripture to find the answer, not to traditional or religious teachings of which many are erroneous concerning our righteousness according to the Scripture. This type of bad and injurious teaching is spoken of in 2 Peter 3:16-17. Since Romans 8:1 states there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus we glimpse the view that God has toward the believing person. Not only is this God’s view of us, it is to be our view of ourselves also. This word speaks of our position, our standing in Christ. The saved person that declares himself to be a sinner denies God’s Word. We are saints, not to think of ourselves or others as having the same identity as before crucified into Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:16 instructs all saints to no longer think of any believer as if they are in the old man. We are told to no longer think of Jesus as He was when in flesh. He is risen and more glorious that we can imagine. We are risen in Him and walk in newness of Spiritual Life. We are new Creatures!
If the believing person walks after the flesh they will have a sense of condemnation, but it does not originate from the Spirit of God. Our consciences become inflamed when we are disobedient to our Heavenly Father. For the believer the conscience is a flashing red light when we are walking after the flesh, it serves the purpose of reminding us that we need to repent, change our mind about pursuing that which is contrary to the walk the Lord has in mind for us. When we walk in the Spirit our consciences realize our position in Christ and we are thereby at peace. When we walk in disobedience and in pursuit of fleshly goals, we do not have this same sense of well-being as situated in Christ.
As true believers who trust completely in Christ and His righteousness we have a constant, never changing standing or status in Christ wherein we are untouchable by anything that does not work for our good.
As true believers who trust completely in Christ and His righteousness we have a moment by moment state or condition which reflects whether or not we are in pursuit of the flesh motivated by sin’s desires, or whether or not we are walking in the Spirit of God.
The state or condition of our moment by moment walk does not effect a change of any kind in our standing so far as God is concerned. But our state can and does affect our conscience.