“Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
As long as our Lord Jesus Christ stands, and we remain in Jesus, we shall forever have access, even a right, to stand before God at the throne of grace. Guilt, shame, regret— none of these have any say in whether you are permitted to come before God. God has given all the rights to Jesus alone.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
So now we have confidence that as long as we have obeyed Christ in that we have faith in Jesus, for it is impossible to please Him without faith, and have been obedient in repentance unto salvation, for God commands all men everywhere to repent, then nothing from this world or from below can take away our right to dwell before our King.
This is perhaps the greatest privilege and blessing to the one who believes in Jesus: that they may have a personal relationship with their God and Creator, and that they may know Him; and it’s all because of what Jesus did for us when He bore our sins and disobedience on the cross, took the wrath of God that was rightfully ours, and rose again with the life He now offers to those who believe in Him.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
It’s all because of the love of God, who, while we were still evil and loving our disobedience, died for us, that we may be reconciled to Him through the sacrificial blood and risen life of His Son Jesus Christ.
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
So repent! Turn away from those things that God hates, and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who saved you with His own blood and very life. Not only will you be reconciled to God and be able to have a relationship with Him, He will personally perform a miracle in you.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”
Repent and trust in Jesus!
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”
“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
By Jeremiah Foster