The Believer in Jesus Christ is free from condemnation because, by the grace of God, the judgment (condemning sentence) for our sins fell upon Jesus. No condemnation means that there is no final doom, impending judgment, or condemning sentence that awaits us for our sins Romans 8:1. Condemnation also carries an idea of no hope and irreversible punishment. This is the judgment and condemning sentence of doom/punishment Jesus paid for us. The unsaved that will be at the Great White Throne Judgment will face this for their rejection of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:11-15). This does not mean we, as Christians, cannot experience guilt or that all guilt is of the devil. We can still experience guilt and all guilt is not of the devil. Condemnation can come from three sources of guilt:
- SATAN’S CONDEMNATION/GUILT Revelation 12:10.
The accuser speaks against us and accuses us but the blood of Jesus testifies for us and it speaks mercy Hebrews 12:14.
- SELF CONDEMNATION/GUILT Romans 14:22. “… condemneth not himself…”
This implies we can condemn ourselves. Self condemnation is saying we don’t deserve forgiveness, and it’s our attempt to punish ourselves and pay for our wrong. We have to accept the grace of forgiveness by faith and stand against the thoughts/feelings. We can condemn ourselves for what has been confessed and forgiven or condemn ourselves for things the Word of God does not say is morally wrong. This is why our conscience needs informed by the Word of God so that it doesn’t condemn us for what the Word of God allows or approves of.
- SIN’S CONDEMNATION/GUILT 1 John 3:20, 21.
When you sin, your own heart knows it and it’ll let you know it with feelings of shame, conviction and guilt. God’s law is written in our hearts, and our conscience and heart accuses or excuses us Hebrews 10:16, 17; Romans 2:14,15. It is a part of the law of the mind Romans 7:22, 23 (the moral law and moral principle within the inner man) that can make us feel guilt. Guilt comes from breaking a moral law and it is the accusing of one’s conscience.
Sin always sets up an inner conflict in a Believer. It affects our valuing of ourselves and damages our own self‑respect. A sinning Christian may project all is well on the outside but inside they can be struggling with the wages of sin. A person never escapes the wages of sin and its damaging effects to oneself. When we sin, we lose our sense of being right, innocent, and at ease and it makes us lose confidence, causing us to shrink back.
This kind of guilt can have a good effect so it is often called good guilt. It lets us know a problem exists that needs attention, like an oil indicator light in a car that flashes and says you are out of oil, the engine is overheating, and if you continue more damage can be done. It’s time to go aside and drive no further. Sin’s guilt lets us know a problem exists in our relationship with the Lord and that we have broken fellowship with Him. We must restore our fellowship by confession of sin and then receive the grace of forgiveness. The Word of God tells us that we’re supposed to keep a tender conscience (Acts 23:1, 24:16; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 1 Timothy 1:19). When your conscience no longer makes you have guilty feelings when you are sinning is when you are in a state the Bible calls as having a seared conscience 1 Timothy 4:2. The Good News is that we can receive the grace of forgiveness when we sin if we will confess our sins 1 John 1:9.