We’ve been declared…
October 5th, 2019
Even baby Christians understand that ‘All have sinned and fall short’ of what God expects us to be and do. If we aren’t maintaining clear line of sight on Jesus, we can become vulnerable to attack from Satan.
But Jesus has declared of ‘not guilty’ in the eyes of God and has washed every sin away with his cleansing blood. The enemy may want to discourage us by reminding us constantly of areas where we have short falls. Once redeemed by His Grace and Mercy, there is no guilt held to our account, we’ve become blameless in the eyes of God.
Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Psalms 55:22 (NLT)
For longer than anyone can remember, the Lord has been there ready, able and willing to take our guilt and turn it into an instrument from which He can derive glory. It’s interesting to note that even though the redemption of humanity from sin, ultimately gives glory to God, the predicating motivation was his love for us.
Each of us is imperfect. We stumble and fall. We don’t always respond appropriately or perform to a level that is consistent with what God calls us to.
Admittedly we are failed, fallen, and often unrepentant children.
But despite that, He loves us!
Loves us so much that he was willing to send His Son to be slaughtered in our place, just so Jesus could pay our debt.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (NLT)
Yes, I know, you are familiar with this passage and its content. But how often do we take this passage and really consider what this verse is saying to us?
This is how much God loved us. He made the conscious decision that before he ever created Adam and his wife Eve, that to accomplish that which He desired, would involve commissioning His beloved Son to come and rescue us from the darkness that we would ultimately choose over God.
I can’t think of anyone who would love me like that other than God. It’s unconscionable in human terms to make a decision like this, yet, God did. And he made that decision to send His Son before he gave life to a single living creature, including mankind.
The second half of the verse spells out a brief overview of the process of salvation, but just like the first half of John 3:16, the second half has tremendous consequence in its wake than what first appears to a casual observer.
So that when those who in faith, come to accept the gift of His Son’s grace, those individuals will not perish as a result of the sins penalty. Instead, those who surrender themselves to Jesus in faith will be absolved of their sin and be blameless before God the Father who will not allow sin to exist in His presence.
But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil.
Habakkuk 1:13a (NLT)
This doesn’t necessarily mean that God is affected by the presence of sin as the story book character Superman is affected by Kryptonite. He is Holy, pure beyond our imagination. We can think of the very best thing, multiply it by millions, and it does not have the ability to contrast the holiness of God.
We don’t often consider the power of His holiness, but literally as light obliterates darkness, so does God’s holiness purify all that comes in contact with it.
The song ‘Nothing but the Blood of Jesus’ reflects this. “What can wash away my sin, NOTHING but the blood of Jesus! What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
How can it be that the blood of Jesus Christ can purge us of sin? It is because of the power of that blood, from the one who gave it freely for us.
And because of this, we have eternal life. We have this life because, as a result of what God’s Son did for us, as we come before the judgement thrown, we are found not guilty!
Not guilty, because Jesus has paid our debt of sin, and then with His blood purged us of it.
From this passage in John 3:16, we want to go back to the first chapter. We pick it up at the eleventh verse.
He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 1:11-12 (NLT)
God gives us this right to become His sons and daughters, because we have accepted the grace forged on our behalf by His Son and as a result found us “Not Guilty!”
In His Grace!