For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3:
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. 17For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. 18Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.
It may be this is quoted so often it is not fully understood. It may be, as is often the case, it is so isolated in the quoting the context is lost and the full implication is missed for some.
Where there is already a judgment levied against an offender there is no requirement for more judgment. The general creation has already been judged and found guilty. Jesus did not come, therefore, to place more judgment; rather he came to pay the penalty so those already judged could be free of their judgment, death.
Someone engaging in sin is not being judged if the sin is exposed; they are already judged. Exposing the sin provides opportunity for forgiveness of its consequences. Exposure provides opportunity for change.
Those accepting the payment made for them by Christ are set free from the penalty already imposed. They receive life for death. They receive freedom from bondage. They receive peace due to a restored relationship with God.
Pray – Lord, long before You came, David, prophets of old, all who know you knew you were coming. They knew. They knew salvation was part of Your plan from the beginning; salvation from the penalty of sin. May your grace come to me, Adonai, Your salvation, as You promised; then I will have an answer for those who taunt me. The enemy with his accusations will flee. The thoughts that rise will be taken captive and brought into obedience to You; for I trust in Your Word.
Repent – God, You know how foolish I am; my guilt is not hid from You. Let my prayer to You come at an acceptable time; in Your great grace, God, answer me with the truth of Your salvation.
Ask – May Your grace come to me, Adonai, Your salvation as you promised. Don’t take away completely my power to speak the truth; for I put my hope in Your rulings; and I will keep Your commands always, forever and ever.
Yes – Bless the Lord, my soul! Everything in me bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, my soul and forget none of His benefits!
Source: John and Psalms