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Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation for us,

not because of all the great stuff we’ve done

but because Christ has set us free from the law of sin and death.

My sin in the past: forgiven.

My current struggled: covered.

My future failures: paid in full all by the marvellous, infinite, match-less grace found in the atoning work of the cross of Jesus Christ.

the explicit gospel

 

|| Matt Chandler

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Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak

and justified when you judge.

Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;

you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will turn back to you.

Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51

 

 

this psalm is so poignant in its rawness, so real in its expression and so powerful in the way that we can all identify with those feelings of brokenness and repentance and failure.

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“Jesus had already forgiven what i could no forget and that He had already forgotten what i still regretted.  when i realized this there was such release.  the walls i had built to protect my feelings and to hide the guilt in the past became less and less needful.  all along i felt i was keeping people from getting in but in actuality i was prohibiting myself from getting out.  an invisible wall trapped me.”  Sereta Jakes – quoted in Extravagant Love by Darlene Zschech

forgiven

1.       I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation (Romans 8:1-2, Ephesians 1:7-8, 1 John 1:9).

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:1-2

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

 

a few months ago at housegroup i read out a list of FACTOIDS that i had found in a book (which i can no longer remember which book!) which really got into our hearts.  our pastor then pinched them and read them out at church and since then i’ve had numerous (aka LOTS and LOTS) of people ask for them. which means they’re really good!

 

so i’m starting a series, breaking down the FACTOIDS and looking at them more, what they mean to me and how they’re real in our life.

 

FACTOID 1.       I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation

i so love that.  i am free from shame.  forgiven.  set free.  released.  cleansed.  made whole and innocent and not guilty and new.

 

  • You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:21-22

  • How far has the LORD taken our sins from us?  Farther than the distance from east to west! Psalm 103:12

  • Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

Jesus totally sets me free from sin and the guilt that goes with it.

He removes my sin from me.  a saying i’ve heard often says He throws it into the sea and posts a sign saying no fishing.

 

  • Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! Micah 7:19

i am free.  free from guilt and shame and condemnation.

my sin is GONE.  removed.  taken away.  not mine anymore.  its been exchanged on the cross and i now have the righteousness of Christ.

i can live clean and whole and pure. 

though the consequences of my sin may be outworked, because of the way life is, our sin has impact, that sin does not belong to me if i confess it and receive forgiveness.   it is no longer on my record.  isnt that GOOD NEWS.

so we no longer need to live burdened by our sin. 

we need to live holy and responding lives to God (because of His great love poured out on the cross to us when we were enemies of God and not even aware of our need or thinking about Him)

we can with total confidence draw near to God because of this righteousness and freedom from sin.  we are his beloved children.  holy and acceptable.

in the style of facebook updates…. I really like zechariah 3 and the picture it is for all of us – once dirty and guilty – now clean and clothed and innocent by the grace and love of God! God’s love is everlasting – do you know he is real and that he has made a way and will accept you?

Following is one of the great buts of the bible!  I love the word BUT – for such a small word it says so much!  BUT!

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Don’t you know that evil people won’t have a share in the blessings of God’s kingdom? Don’t fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual will share in God’s kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others. Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God.

We used to be sinners BUT now we are clean and holy and pure and washed and acceptable to God. What we used to be is in the past – we are new – God has transformed us – it is a spiritual transaction. Now go and live in the reality of who you are NOW – a child of God. Don’t live in the past doing the things of the past. Live in the great BUT of God!

again moved by Isaiah 53 i post this song to encourage you and inspire you and reveal more of God’s great everlasting love to you…

by the sacrifice of Jesus we are made whole, new, clean, forgiven, pure, holy and righteous.  by the sacrifice of Jesus we can come close to God – Jesus made the way through his death – that we can know God and be known by God.

he bore the punishment we deserve.  the wages of sin is death and Jesus has paid this penalty so we do not need to.

i am free because of what Jesus has done.

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