The Blood of Christ is not Diluted!
he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Something that I have noticed is that there are two paths of error that Christians can be deceived into walking. One is that of licentiousness, believing that salvation is a license for us to sin without repercussions. But the other is just as dangerous; it is believing that our sins are too grievous to be forgiven. Between the two lies the correct path, which is simply recognizing our inherent wretchedness whilst also understanding that no matter how wretched we are that His grace is sufficient for us!
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
This is the method of attack that Satan has chosen to use upon me. I have always said that these articles are just my sharing what God has shown me with the hope that others will benefit from my experiences. I don’t put myself out here as a shining example of what a Christian should be.
By allowing Satan to attack me with condemnation I have committed just as serious a sin as the Christian living a life of licentiousness. How so? Because by allowing condemnation to get a stronghold in my life I had to either cast doubt upon the ability of the blood that Jesus Christ to atone for my sins, or His willingness to forgive them!
If we are experiencing residual condemnation after we have genuinely confessed our sins it is because Satan is testing our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ to completely wash away sins. Is His grace really sufficient?
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might
abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Yes, I am a wretched man, and my propensity for sin is most grievous. The word of God says that if anyone says they have no sin the truth is not in them (1 John 1:8 KJV). But if I allow my inherent sin nature to overwhelm me with condemnation it is because I am not abiding in Christ. The word abound means ‘to exist in large numbers or amounts’. In plain English, what the above verse says is that the amount of God’s grace is much greater than all of the sins we could possibly commit. Glory to God! In fact, scripture plainly tells us that Christ died for the sins of all the world (1 John 2:2 KJV). What that means is that even those multitudes who end up in Hell will have no justification, because Christ died for their sins too! They will have no excuse on judgment day when they stand before the Lord.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and
bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O
wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I
thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself
serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Of course it should go without saying that we should constantly strive to live sinless lives. God will indeed help us to conquer sin in many areas of our lives, however we can never attain a completely sinless state as long as we inhabit these bodies of flesh that are ruled by what Paul called the ‘law of sin’. That doesn’t mean we don’t bother trying. Some Christians do in fact give up trying to live righteous lives, while others like myself may allow themselves to become bogged down by the daily grind of inhabiting these sin prone bodies and become vulnerable to the lies of Satan. Thoughts like “God must be sick and tired of seeing me again and again appearing at His throne of grace for the same besetting sins!”
All spiritual attacks of condemnation must be met with unwavering faith in the grace of God through the blood of Christ to completely wash away our sins. Christ does not in fact get tired of seeing us at the throne of grace, He delights in our obedience. He also peers right into our hearts and sees when we are genuinely repentant and thoroughly disgusted with our sin natures. Satan and his minions are liars and must be rebuked vehemently!
As often as we sin we must confess, and that with the understanding that His precious blood shed for us is not diluted a bit no matter how often we may stumble and fall. Glory to God! The good news is that for those like me who are constantly ashamed of their sin natures we do not have to worry that Christ will ever turn away a repentant heart. As long as we maintain a genuine desire to serve Christ He will never, ever reject us.
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