Evening, February 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Therefore there is now no condemnation.” — Romans 8:1

Come, my soul, think of this. Believing in Jesus, you are literally and effectively cleared from guilt; you are led out of your prison. You are no longer in chains 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 freed man; your Savior’s blood has obtained your full discharge. You have a right now to approach your Father’s throne. No flames of vengeance are there to scare you now, no fiery sword; justice cannot strike 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, even with boldness. Once there was a fear of hell upon you; but you have no fear of it now, for how can there be punishment for those without guilt? He who believes is not condemned, and cannot be punished. And more than all, the privileges you might have enjoyed, if you had never sinned, are yours now that you are justified. All the blessings which you would have had if you had kept the law—and more—are yours, because Christ has kept the law 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 counted all his merits to your account, that you might be exceedingly rich through him, who for your sake became exceedingly poor. Oh! how great the debt of love and gratitude you owe to your Savior!

“A debtor to mercy alone,

Of covenant mercy I sing;

Nor fear with thy righteousness on,

My person and offerings to bring:

The terrors of law and of God,

With me can have nothing to do;

My Savior’s obedience and blood

Hide all my transgressions from view.”