“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” I John 3:20-21.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1.
Faith in God assures a person’s salvation and not our own heart which can deceive us. As we move through life after becoming a Believer we have moments of failure and sin as we permit our fallen nature to overcome us temporarily. When this happens we are to confess our sins and God is faithful to forgive us (I John 1:9). Over time we realize how unworthy of being saved we are and can feel deserved condemnation in our hearts. However, salvation is a sovereign act of God, thru grace, we could never deserve it. God is greater than our hearts in the matter of judgement and He accepts Christ’s blood to redeem all our sins – past, present, and future. Our role is to die to self and let Christ live through us (Galatians 2:20). The more we live in that light the less our heart will condemn us and the more joyous christian life we will lead. In the meantime, God pronounces a more authoritative verdict on our salvation than our heart (our conscience), which is fallible and often errs.
A friend of mine recently tweeted – “The Bible is about what God has done for you (His pardon) and not about your performance [for those who believe in God].” How true. While our sins will certainly send us to Hell if we die without believing in God and the Bible makes us aware of our sins, the Bible’s primary message is one of hope and grace if we will only submit our lives to God.
There is no future condemnation for Believers who walk according to the Spirit. These Spirit-filled Believers, who through belief in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross cannot walk consistently in the flesh due to the Spirit’s prodding, will be brought through to the end, their salvation sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance. (Ephesians 1:13-14).