This post tonight is a little more impromptu following some thoughts I had earlier today It may be a little more rambly or not fully developed. Hmmm, looks rambly is not even a legit word. I like it more than rambling. :O . On with it…
I was texting a friend earlier today and so my post really flows out of that conversation. God is good – my heart and mind was prompted on the drive to work this morning to remember that my sins are are forgiven. All my sins. My mind continued on – even the sins I don’t even know that I will commit yet today, tomorrow or next year! Pretty astounding thought actually. God knows all my sins, the complete sum of them and still chose to love me and sacrifice, his son Jesus to save me. It truly is ‘finished’. (John 19:30: When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.) . At that moment Jesus died on the cross for me to save me from the penalty of all my sins. The price has been paid.
So when I find myself in guilt and shame for sin – I am empowered to not to live in that. Rather to get up and keep walking in freedom. That freedom from the penalty of sin is still there. It is finished.
Likewise it is the same for my brothers and sisters in Christ! It made me think of Romans 6. See below. Also comments are welcomed as I continue to ponder. God Bless, Stan.
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.