The Verdict is In!

A jury of his peers has officially found O.J. Simpson not guilty. You already knew that. What you don't know is if they are right or not. Most likely, nobody (but OJ and God) knows the whole truth of the matter. The rest of us (if we care to) are left to wonder, muse, puzzle and hypothesize.

Thankfully, life goes on regardless of OJ's innocence or guilt. I rest confident that someday OJ will face the Omniscient Judge...and then the issue will truly be settled once and for all.

What I'm really interested in talking about briefly for now is another verdict, this one entirely factual and absolutely correct. That verdict is the exact opposite of the verdict handed down by the O.J. Simpson jury.


"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
That is talking about me! And you.

But despite so damning a verdict, there is a way to freedom.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
He who will one day judge us, has first provided a way that we can avoid the eternal penalty demanded by our guilt.

Forgiveness and redemption by Jesus Christ lead to yet another verdict.


So, forget OJ. You can't do anything about that case.

What is your condition? What verdict are you under?

For just a few more words that elaborate on these verdicts, read on:

"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one" (Romans 3:9-12).

"There is no fear of God before their eyes" (Romans 3:18).

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).

"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8).

"Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20).

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