|We’re in Christ Jesus, folks. That’s the key. The Lord said to Noah, ‘Rooms shalt thou make in the ark and thou shalt pitch it within and without with pitch,’ (Genesis 6:14). The word ‘pitch’ being the same word used in the Old Testament for ‘atonement’, the ark is a perfect picture of our salvation for when the rain began to fall, the Lord shut them in (Genesis 7:16).
He didn’t say, ‘I’m going to put eight pegs on the outside of the ark, Noah. You and your family are to hang on for dear life, and as long as you hang on, you’ll make it through.’
No, He said, ‘I’m going to put you in.' So too with us. It’s not a matter of holding on, hoping that if we can keep from sinning, we’ll be OK. No, our Ark is Jesus Christ; and we are in Him. Therefore, there is no condemnation. No matter how rough the seas might be or how heavy the rain comes down, we're sealed, safe, and secure.
Our youth pastor came by today with a couple boxes of Hagen Dazs bars — the dark chocolate covered ones — my favorites. Now, if you’ve ever read the ingredients on the side panel of a Hagen Dazs box, you know they’re sinful. And yet that sinfully delicious Hagen Dazs is now hidden and buried in me. You no longer see it.
So too — you are in Christ — with all of your sinful tendencies, calories, and fat grams. Thus, when the Father looks on you, He doesn’t see you with all of your failings and shortcomings. No, He sees you robed with the righteousness of Christ Jesus (Isaiah 6 1; 10).
God doesn’t see you in your sin; He sees you in His Son. Therefore, there’s no condemnation whatsoever. I don’t care where you’ve been, or how badly you’ve failed — whoever you are, wherever you are, there is no condemnation.