33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Romans 8:33-34 (NLT)
Welcome to my Romans 8 series. This time, we have reached the part of spiritual warfare. I am sure it is no longer a surprise for us that as Christians we face constant accusations and condemnations from Satan. They come to us in the following ways:
1. Negative thoughts that accuse and condemn us, planted by Satan and his devils.
2. Direct accusations and condemnation by religious people.
The first method should be quite familiar to all of us. Who doesn’t have negative thoughts? They were planted by Satan to discourage us from our faith. He has been hoping and is still hoping that we will fall for his lies and give up our faith. However, that does not guarantee his success. I will explain later based on the above verses.
The second method can be seen in the comments at this blog. Alternatively you can conduct a search on Christian preachers like “Kenneth Copeland” and you will see a lot of religious sites spreading lies and slanders on the man. Why would they do that? Those slanderers and liars are religious people who are more interested in defending their religion than to know the truth. They will not hesitate to sink to any level to accuse and condemn Christians who choose to believe in what the Bible says. In the minds of the religious people, we Christians have no right to preach the true Gospel Of Jesus Christ. The only acceptable “Gospel” is their religion, which is based on their perversion. No wonder Satan loves them. I suspect religious people are Satan’s primary weapon in his war against God.
Now that we have identified our accusers and condemners, it is time to plan for our defenses. Let us start from Verse 33. It says: Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
It begins with a question. However, this is not an innocent question. This is a daring question. In this verse, we Christians are the ones labeled as “whom God has chosen for his own”. We belong to God. Anyone who accuses us, accuses God. So, when they accuse us with terms like “Prosperity Gospel”, they are effectively accusing God because we belong to God.
The second part of the verse says: No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. The phase “no one” means no one has the right. However, just because they don’t have the right does not mean they will not try. This is the same reason why we install locks to our doors. Just because no one has the right to come into our houses without our permission it does not mean they will not try.
Here is our defense to their accusations: God himself has given us right standing with himself.
We have the right standing with God. Another word for “right standing” is “righteousness”. As Christians, our righteousness comes from God through Jesus’ death at the Cross. At the Cross, Jesus took all our sins for us to live in his righteousness. This is why we Christians rely on Christ Righteousness. Christ Righteousness is based on Jesus’ works at the Cross and independent from our own failures and mistakes. Our righteousness is unshakeable and we able to withstand any trials that come our way. Christ Righteousness enables us to overcome our accusers.
In contrast, religious people rely on Self Righteousness. Self Righteousness is fully based on personal performance. It will fail each time a religious person fails or makes mistakes. This is the root of their cover-ups and hypocrisy. Self Righteousness makes them accusers.
Verse 34 speaks of condemnations. Again it begins with a dare. Who dares to condemn us? The format is the same as the previous verse. No one has the right to condemn us but it does not mean they will not try. Here is our defence:
Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Let me simplify the above:
1. Christ Jesus died for us
2. and was raised to life for us,
3. and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
In short, Jesus is on our side. He died for us, raised to life for us and is now pleading for us. Jesus is responsible in destroying all the condemnations for us. This means that no matter who are condemning me or how hard they try, they will fail because Jesus is on my side. The same goes for you if you are a Christian.
In conclusion, we Christians have what it takes to overcome all our accusers and condemners. So, don’t waste time on them. We should focus on living the lives God wants us to live, prosper and be in health as our souls prosper.