There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.           

—Romans 8:1

Years ago, I heard about some men who were out camping when they were caught in a terrible forest fire. Fire was all around them, there was no way out, and it looked like they were going to perish in the flames.

One man was a seasoned camper, so he got some kerosene, poured it on the ground in a big circle, and lit a match. Several of the campers asked him, “What are you doing? Why are you trying to light a fire?!”

As he threw the match on the ground and set the grass ablaze, he told them, “Once the grass burns away, stand on the charred ground. The fire can’t come where it’s already been.” And with that, the men were saved from the fire that burned all around them.

When Jesus died on the cross, the flames of a holy God fell upon Him. And when you go to the cross and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then He has accepted your penalty. That means the fire that fell on Him can’t fall on you!

Those who are in Christ can never be condemned. So be confident in your standing before God if you’re in Christ. You’re completely clean and will escape judgment when it comes!

IN CHRIST, YOU CAN STAND BEFORE GOD WITH CONFIDENCE, KNOWING JESUS TOOK THE PENALTY FOR YOUR SINS.