The last verse of Charles Wesley’s classic hymn celebrates the wondrous clear conscience, peace and security Christians enjoy because of what Jesus Christ has done for them.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus and all in Him is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou my God, shoulds’t die for me?
Now that we have Christ, there is no more fearful anticipation of that final day of judgment when we shall have to stand before God to give an accounting of our lives. Imagining ourselves standing naked in front of an all-seeing and all-knowing divine Judge is enough to terrorize the strongest among us. But the follower of Christ does not have to live in dread of that day because he is ‘clothed in righteousness divine.’ Wesley is here thinking of the gift of righteousness one receives by simple faith in the good news of Jesus Christ. ‘This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe’ (Romans 3:22). When we ask Jesus to save us, he takes off our filthy sin-clothes and replaces them with the spotless robe of His own righteousness. It is the Great Exchange: Jesus took our sins upon Himself at the cross and in exchange gave us His own flawless righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
As a result, we have no reason to fear condemnation from God! No! We have Jesus and He makes us acceptable to God the Judge, in fact, we are just as acceptable to God as Jesus is, because he has Jesus-righteousness! So now, we can even be bold before God’s throne, confident that he will receive us because ‘Jesus and all in Him is mine.’
Amazing love! How can it be! That thou my God shoulds’t die for me!