“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
— Romans 8:1
Come, my soul, think of this. Believing in Jesus, you are actually and effectually cleared from guilt; you are led out of your prison. You are no more in captivity as a bond-slave; you are delivered now from the bondage of the law; you are freed from sin, and can walk at large as a free man.
The Saviour’s blood has paid for your full discharge. You now have a right to approach your Father’s throne. No flames of vengeance are there to scare you now; no fiery sword; justice cannot smite the innocent.
Your disabilities are taken away: You were once unable to see your Father’s face — you can see it now. You could not speak with Him — but now you have access with boldness. Once there was a fear of hell upon thee — but you have no fear of it now, for how can there be punishment for the guiltless?
He who believes is not condemned, and cannot be punished. And most of all, the privileges you might have enjoyed, if you had never sinned, are yours now that you are justified. All the blessings you would have had if you had kept the law, and more, are yours, because Christ has kept it for you.
All the love and the acceptance which perfect obedience could have obtained of God, belong to you, because Christ was perfectly obedient on your behalf, and has imputed all His merits to your account, so that you might be exceeding rich through Him, who for your sake became exceeding poor. Oh! how great the debt of love and gratitude you owe to your Saviour!
– Charles Sprugeon