MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
“vindicated by the Spirit”
1 Timothy 3:16 ESV
JESUS CONQUERED THE ACCUSER
There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price. The baker got very angry! He told the farmer he was a dishonest crook and took him to court.
In court the judge asked the farmer, “Do you have measuring weights and scales?” The farmer answered, “no.” So the judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the pound of butter you sell to the baker?” The farmer said, “When the baker started buying butter from me I wanted to help him too, so I started buying his bread for my family. Since then I’ve been using the baker’s 1-pound loaf of bread as the weight to measure my butter. So if the weight of the butter is wrong, that means the baker has been dishonest and selling less than a full pound loaf of bread to me!”
In some sense the farmer was vindicated. The word “vindicated” or “justified” generally means to render just or innocent. We are told in 1 Timothy 3:16 that Jesus was “justified in the Spirit” which indicates that He was vindicated and shown to be righteous by the fact that the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead. The Holy Spirit vindicated Jesus Christ in His resurrection, proving that the Father had ruled on Him: “Not guilty; He’s not a sinner; He didn’t deserve to die, but I accept His death in the place of sinners who trust in Him who do deserve to die.” So when Paul says in Titus 3:17 that we are “justified by His grace,” he means that we have been rendered just, not because of our good works, but because of the grace of God.
Have you ever been falsely accused and later the truth came out and you were vindicated? What have you been accused of that you were guilty of? The Bible teaches that before Christ we could all be justly accused of being sinners, but when you place your faith in Jesus who was born to die for your sins you can be vindicated and declared “not guilty.” Revelations 12:10 tells us, “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.” Thank God that in the end Satan (the accuser) will be destroyed.