Condemnation or Acquittal ? Which Will You Choose ?

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Matthew 12:34-37 KJV
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. [35] A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. [36] But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. [37] For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Have you ever heard the story of the young man brought before a judge for a crime? Pronounced guilty, he is given the verdict. Pay the fine of thirty dollars or spend thirty days in jail. The young man, who is now sorry and remorseful for what he did, has no money to pay his fine, and he sure doesn’t want to go to jail for the next month. So the judge steps down from the bench, removes his robe, takes out his own wallet, and pays the fine for the young man. With the verdict the Judge has satisfied the law. Out of love for the young man, he has paid the young man’s penalty.The young man is aquited and the Judge has set him free because the penalty and the fine, have been paid.

That’s exactly what God did for you and me when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

Condemnation or Acquittal ? Heaven or hell ? Life or death ?
Jesus Christ or satan? Which one will you choose?

Romans 5:16-21 NCV
After Adam sinned once, he was judged guilty. But the gift of God is different. God’s free gift came after many sins, and it makes people right with God. [17] One man sinned, and so death ruled all people because of that one man. But now those people who accept God’s full grace and the great gift of being made right with him will surely have true life and rule through the one man, Jesus Christ. [18] So as one sin of Adam brought the punishment of death to all people, one good act that Christ did makes all people right with God. And that brings true life for all. [19] One man disobeyed God, and many became sinners. In the same way, one man obeyed God, and many will be made right. [20] The law came to make sin worse. But when sin grew worse, God’s grace increased. [21] Sin once used death to rule us, but God gave people more of his grace so that grace could rule by making people right with him. And this brings life forever through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The consequences of Adam’s sin was condemnation. The dictionary defines the word condemnation: “to make a judicial pronouncement stating what punishment has been imposed on a person found guilty of a crime.” In other words, when Adam brought sin into the world, judgment and condemnation were then followed by a death sentence. Why? Because God could not allow man’s rebellion to go unpunished. Hebrews 9:27: “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”

Don’t think for a minute only our actions will be judged. Our words condemn us as well (Matthew 12:36): “I tell you that men will have to give an account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken.” Verse 37, “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” If we know that our words condemn us, then we have to be a little curious about what words are required to receive acquittal.

Romans 10:8 gives us the answer: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Psalms 103:10-12: “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

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How can that be so?

Acts 4:12: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

What name is that?

Jesus Christ, The Son of God.

Have you placed your hope in Jesus Christ ?

Condemnation or acquittal, which will you choose?

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