Reading: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again; who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”—Romans 8:33–34
See here, what a blessed security we have. Here is God justifying; Christ dying; the Holy Ghost raising the sinner’s surety from the grave, as an evidence that the debt of sin is cancelled; and Jesus ever living to see the travail of his soul and be satisfied in the redemption of his people.
What, then, shall rob us of this comfort, while we are triumphing in Jesus? Sin shall not, for Jesus has put it away by the sacrifice of himself. The law cannot; for Jesus has answered all its just demands. Divine justice cannot; for God himself justifies us. Death and hell cannot; for Jesus has conquered both. In short, all that stood in the way, the Son of God has removed.
Surely the poor debtor, when his debts are paid, may walk as boldly before the prison door, as the king in his palace. No bailiff can touch him. If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. Triumph then, in the liberty wherewith Jesus has made you free; only be sure that all your triumphs are in him.
Let him have all the glory, who has wrought the whole redemption. Make Jesus all; for he has done all; and then sweetly repose on the person and work of the beloved. Let the adversary accuse, or opposition arise from without or within, yet, remember; God justifies for Christ has died.
Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.