Posted June 04, 2016
 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Paul continues his question asking in response to the truths listed in 28-30. In essence, He’s meditating on Scripture as he fleshes out and applies these spiritual truths. In this case, he asks two parallel questions:
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?
The truth is that many will bring their charges against us: Satan, our enemies, at times our friends and family, even our own consciences and feelings. The point that Paul makes is not that no charges will be made against us, but rather lead us away from Satan’s accusing words to God’s justifying work through His Son. Anything that could be used against us in the court of law of which God stands as the ultimate Judge has been done away with by the work of Jesus. Though sinners, by Christ’s work we stand as justified sinners! Note that we stand not as criminals, but rather as God’s elect (foreknown, predestined, & called). Though we continue to sin, our sin no longer bears ultimate power over us and no longer condemns us. Also note who the actor is in this sentence: It is God who justifies. We do not justify ourselves, but rather God does by means outside of us!
Who is to condemn?
Paul repeats the question and in his answer shows how it is God justifies. Though we should have been justly condemned in God’s court of law, Christ was unjustly condemned on the cross in our stead! He not only died, not only was raised, but now is at the right hand of God interceding for us. Martin Luther said, “So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!’”
Let the Accuser run his mouth and shoot his arrows… It is only because of Christ’s death, resurrection, ascension and intercession, we can confidently say that there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)!
Song by Joel Limpic.
Produced & mixed by Dustin Ragland.
Vocals tracked by Aaron Strumpel.
Artwork by Travis Ladue.
Devotional by Joel Limpic.