Commentary on "Guilt""
Day 6: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - Total Forgiveness
“How can we be sure our sins are forgiven if we don’t feel that they are forgiven? What reasons do we have to believe we’re forgiven, despite our feelings?” (Teacher’s Quarterly, Page 62)
After referring to some of the most sublime passages of Scripture and explaining them in appropriately victorious terms, the author negates his or her entire argument by whining about not feeling forgiven. How terribly sad! How completely illustrative of unbelief! The very question, though probably intended to bring hope, actually engenders more of the guilt this week’s lesson supposedly is trying to cure.
Our forgiveness has absolutely nothing to do with our feelings. Either we stand without condemnation, or we are 100% condemned. Either God has removed our sins as far as the East is from the West, or He has removed none of our sins.
Did Jesus die for nothing? Was His resurrection meaningless? Is the indwelling Holy Spirit a myth? When are we going to settle, once and for all, the finality of the cross and the reality of eternal life now? When are we going to take Jesus at His own word?
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one. (John 10:27-30)
This is not the babbling of some madman. It is the bold assertion of an absolute fact made by God Himself.
Stop looking at yourself! Stop wallowing in your feelings! If Jesus said you have eternal life, you have eternal life, and you know eternal life is impossible if sin is still an issue. Therefore, sin cannot be an issue between you and God anymore.
If you believe sin is still an issue between you and God, then one of two things is true. Either you are lost, or you are listening to Satan instead of listening to the indwelling Spirit. Both are bad, but both are easily corrected. If you are lost, come to Jesus right now, at this moment. He’s been wooing you all these years, and He will not cast you aside. If you are saved but have been listening to Satan, stop. Listen instead to the testimony of the Spirit within you.
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