Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
a. NLT: Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
b. NIV: Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
c. YLT: Who shall lay a charge against the choice ones of God? God is He that is declaring righteous,
d. Amplified Bible Classic: Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?]
e. Worrell Translation: Who will bring an accusation against God’s elect? I is God Who justifieth;
1. “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?...”
a. who [5101 * tis] [Strong: probably emphatic of 5100; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions):--every man, how (much), + no(-ne, thing), what (manner, thing), where (-by, -fore, -of, -unto, - with, -withal), whether, which, who(-m, -se), why.]
b. shall lay anything [1458 * egkaleo] [Strong: from 1722 and 2564; to call in (as a debt or demand), i.e. bring to account (charge, criminate, etc.):--accuse, call in question, implead, lay to the charge.]
c. to the charge [2596 * kata] [Strong: a primary particle; (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined):--about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) X alone, among, and, X apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to touching), X aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, (charita-)bly, concerning, + covered, (dai-)ly, down, every, (+ far more) exceeding, X more excellent, for, from ... to, godly, in(-asmuch, divers, every, -to, respect of), ... by, after the manner of, + by any means, beyond (out of) measure, X mightily, more, X natural, of (up-)on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so, through(-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-)to(-gether, -ward), X uttermost, where(-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution, or intensity.]
d. of God’s [2316 * theos] [Strong: of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:--X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).]
e. elect [1558 * ekdikos] [Strong: from 1537 and 1349; carrying justice out, i.e. a punisher:--a (re-)venger.]
2. “…It is God that justifieth.”
a. it is God [2316 * theos] [Strong: of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:--X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).]
b. that justifieth [1344 * dikaioo] [Strong: from 1342; to render (i.e. show or regard as) just or innocent:--free, justify(-ier), be righteous.]
1). Where or who is the source of charges against us? It is certainly not God because He is the one who justified us.
a). 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2). Why would God who went to such great lengths to rescue us, to redeem us, to restore us, now condemn us? We must recognize the source of condemnation. The enemy of our soul or our own unrenewed mind is the source of our condemnation.
a). Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
3). An unrenewed mind could also be the source of condemnation. We must as a principle of spiritual growth renew our minds wash them and remove any thought processes that contradict the truth of the Scripture regarding what God says about us.
a). Romans 12:1, 2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
b). 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.