18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
This is another article on the Judgment of God which I have started yesterday. One of the common characteristics of religious churches is they like to use the “Judgment of God” to force their members to do what they want. Their religious doctrines can be simplified into: “If you don’t do what we tell you, you are going to answer to God.” This “answer to God” implies God wants you to obey every word that comes out from the religious leader or he will be very unhappy with you. There is no limit on how much evil he can do to you once he becomes unhappy with you. This is the “judgment” that the religious churches have been using to propagate their bondage.
This is also why religious people are afraid of the truth in John 3:17-18. If every Christian reads and believes in the truth in John 3:17-18, all the religious churches will be empty.
The next question, what makes these verses so powerful? We shall look in depth in this article. In yesterday’s article, I have explained John 3:17. Therefore, in this article, I shall focus fully on John 3:18.
The first part of the verse tells us that there is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. What does that supposed to mean? God has guaranteed us that the moment we believe in Jesus, we will never have to face judgment from him. Please note that there were no additional conditions attached to this guarantee. This means technically, Christians can sin like crazy and still go to heaven. I am sure carnal minded Christians and those under the religious bondage will oppose to this but this is the truth from the Bible. I have no intention to compromise the truth just to accommodate the perversions of the religious churches.
“Are you saying that once I become a Christian, I can sin as much as I want and still go to heaven?”
Of course. A Christian who lives in sin is like a billionaire who eats from the garbage. God will never judge a billionaire for eating from the garbage. Billionaires have equal rights as everyone else in searching for food in the garbage. However, if they do that they are being dumb. As billionaires, they can afford the best food money can buy. It is silly for them to look to the garbage for their nourishment.
Likewise for us, Christians. Jesus has promised us that whatever we ask for in prayers, we only have to believe we receive and we shall have them. We have been given the power to receive everything we desire from God. We do not need to sin in order to get what we want. People out there have to resort to sin in order to get what they want because they do not have our powers. They have no other choice. We do.
In the above analogy, both garbage and money can provide food but money can buy much better food than garbage. Likewise, both sin and faith can bring riches to us but riches from faith are far greater and eternal than the riches from sin. The riches that we can get from sin is very limited and will not last for long. Therefore, as Christians we choose to live by faith and not in sin. We choose not to sin.
“What causes God to make such a guarantee?”
At the Cross, Jesus died to pay for all our sins. He took our place in the judgment of sins. As far as God is concern, all our sins had been judged at the Cross Of Calvary. All sins means all sins, past, present and future. This means that even the sins you are about to commit tomorrow has been judged at the Cross. God had judged that sin and gave you a death sentence for it. Jesus took your place at judgment and died in your place. In God’s records, that sin has been judged and the case is closed.
How can we benefit from this? It gives us the courage and confidence to live boldly for the glory of God. Even if we make mistakes and sin, we will have the strength to shake them off and move on. Sin shall have no power over us. Each time you fall into sin, you have to remind yourself that this sin had been judged at the Cross. In God’s record the case had closed. You have triumph over every sin that comes your way. Rejoice and be glad for you are destined to win. Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days in your life.
The second part of John 3:18 tells us anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. God will not force his salvation on us. Each of us has a choice to make. Are you going to allow Jesus to take your place in the judgment of sins or do you prefer to face the judgment yourself.
If you choose the former, you will have to receive Jesus as your saviour. All you need to do is to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus has saved you from all your sins. However, if you choose the latter, you will have to face all the consequences yourself. God does not want to judge you. You are the one who insist on being judged.