So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36 NIV)
In the United States, the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution protects citizens against double jeopardy, the practice of trying a person twice for the same offense. The judges verdict stands as final. It is just the same way with God. After God declares you innocent, He will not go back and put you on trial again.
Jesus lived the perfect and sinless life that none of us could; and He has offered to stand on trial in our place. When our Heavenly Father evaluates us, He is looking at Jesus’ righteousness instead of our own, if only we accept His offer.
God declares us not guilty and we are freed because Jesus never sinned. The freedom found in Christ Jesus is a gift that is not earned, but graciously given. When we choose to follow Jesus and invite Him to abide in us, His Holy Spirit will dwell within us.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV).