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????”To live by the gospel, then, means that we firmly grasp the fact that Christ’s life and death are ours by virtue of our union with Him.?? What He did, we did.?? This is the only sense in which we can understand Paul’s bold statements in Romans 8: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (verse 1); “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (verse 31); and “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen??? It is God who justifies” (verse 33).These statements by Paul are objective truths; that is, they are true whether we grasp them or not.?? So often however, we find it difficult to believe them.?? Because of our frequent failures before God, we do feel under condemnation, we don’t feel God is for us but rather against us.?? At such times we must preach the gospel to ourselves.?? We must review what God has declared to be true about our justification in Christ.Justification is a completed work as far as God is concerned.?? The penalty has been paid and His justice has been satisfied.?? But it must be received through faith and must be continually renewed in our souls and applied to our consciences every day through faith.?? There are two “courts” we must deal with: the court of God in Heaven and the court of conscience in our souls.?? When we trust in Christ for salvation, God’s court is forever satisfied.?? Never again will a charge of guilt be brought against us in Heaven.?? Our consciences, however, are continually pronouncing us guilty.?? That is the function of conscience.?? Therefore, we must by faith bring the verdict of conscience into line with the verdict of Heaven.?? We do this by agreeing with our conscience about our guilt, but then reminding it that our guilt has already been borne by Christ.”–Jerry Bridges, “The Discipline of Grace” (54)

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