“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
In the previous verse we saw how the reality of justification by faith should silence all charges brought against God’s elect. But God has also given other certainties that will silence all condemnation in a believer’s heart. What are they?
Jesus’ crucifixion. Why would Jesus suffer such an horrific, hideous death to cease all condemnation in us and then continue to condemn us? It makes no sense.
Jesus’ resurrection. Why would the Father raise his Son from the dead to give us assurance for the forgiveness of our sins so we will never have to experience any more condemnation and then continue to condemn us for our sins? It makes no sense.
Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of God. Why would he be crucified, raised and ascended to eternal glory only beside the Father only then to be in an eternal position of condemnation of God’s elect? That makes no sense.
Jesus is regularly interceding for us. Why would Jesus regularly be making requests before the Father on our behalf, to bless us, then, with other words, be condemning us? That makes no sense.
If you hear voices of condemnation, they are either from your conscience, other people or the evil one. But it’s not God’s voice. He is FOR you (verse 31). He loves you. He wants to encourage you, not condemn you. There is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
That’s Paul’s point in this very important verse. Please make every attempt to understand it—especially if you are feeling under condemnation for any reason.