He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. -John 3:18 NASB

The Greek word used twice in this passage is krinó. The word is sometimes translated 'condemned' but the more precise meaning seems to be judged. Notice that this verse does not speak of judgement in a future sense but in the past tense. This speaks to me about how our life decisions have consequences that can take us in dark journeys.

In contrast the Lord Jesus seems to speak to us about a believing life that is freed from self-inflicted judgement. A life transformed from death unto life by the power of the Holy Spirit. This kind of believing is not something we do but something we live. It is reflective of a person who knows God. For the one who knows God simply cannot unknow him.

In you Lord Jesus is life and freedom from judgement. Thanks be to you for initiating a glorious relationship with us.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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