01/01 - Freedom from Guilt, by Angie Turner
Today many celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation
of Jan. 1, 1863, when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
declared all slaves free. The gospel proclaims us
freedmen as well! Our old life is done away with,
and Jesus has given us a new life.
Happy New Year from Random-Thought!
FREEDOM FROM GUILT Part 1
--by Angie Turner
"If the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkled ashes of a
heifer have power to hallow those who have been defiled and
restore their external purity, how much greater is the power of
the blood of Christ; he offered himself without blemish to God, a
spiritual and eternal sacrifice; and his blood will cleanse our
conscience from the deadness of our former ways and fit us for
the service of the living God." Heb. 9:13, 14
These verses state that the blood of Jesus cleanses our
conscience before God. This means, by His one sacrifice, we no
longer stand guilty. Sin no longer separates us from God because
it has been done away with.
What about the doctrine that says we need to continue to confess
our sins in order to have a clear conscience before God? My
answer to this question: Either what Jesus did is good enough or
it isnt. If His sacrifice is incomplete, then I still stand
guilty before God. If this is true, Im still lost and without
hope of ever being reconciled to Him.
Was Christs sacrifice ineffective? Of course not. Jesus
accomplished what He came to do, reconciling man to God. We know
the sacrifice of Christ dealt with sin once and for all. Our sins
are no longer remembered against us.
So, if it is not God holding our sin against us, and if it is
true that the blood of Jesus cleanses our conscience from guilt,
why do we still feel guilty before God? Why do we feel the need
to do something about our sin?
We may be experiencing a sense of guilt because we are not
recognizing and believing all that Jesus did. We may be
evaluating ourselves by the measuring stick of our performance
rather than placing our faith in the finished work of Christ.
"We have, moreover, a great priest set over the household of God;
so let us make our approach in sincerity of heart and full
assurance of faith, our guilty hearts sprinkled clean, our bodies
washed with pure water." Heb. 10:21, 22
We need to believe the truth: Jesus makes us right with God
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