Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gee, Did I Do That? – Part 1

Sometimes you need to start over so you can do it right! – Sonny McDonald

God's grace erases our past so that we can start over with a clean slate from moment to moment. It's a pity that sometimes we hang on desperately to the past and get weighed down by past sins and experiences, and we wonder why we are not moving forward. God has a great plan for us, but He always puts the new thing out of reach of the old, forcing us to let go in faith in order to move on towards His perfect will for our lives. I once heard someone say: "If the horse has been dead for years, get off..." – Lize van Wyck

Those two statements were recently posted in a thread on Facebook.  And go right along with some things I’ve been considering, lately.  Things I’d like to share, today.

John 14:29-30 (KJV)  And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Those verses speak volumes.  Much of what we’re going to be intellectually fed is outside of the Word of God, filtered to avoid the Word of God.  Interesting, but scary.  Scary because, if we let it, that input can distort our perception of Truth.  And when we don’t understand God’s thoughts about us, that can make our walk with Him seem pretty miserable.

When we remember the TV comedy “Family Matters”, the nerd kid Steve Urkle comes to mind.  The title of today’s post is the line he regularly used because he messed up so often.  And most of the time, the question came because he was unaware of his faux pas.  In the church at large, and even in the unchurched public, there are a lot of us who are the exact opposite.  We can be overly aware of our shortcomings.  Sometimes to the point where we’re paralyzed into inactivity because of them.  Because we miss the whole point of how God looks at sin.

1 John 5:17 (KJV)  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
John 3:16 (KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Those verses give us an interesting picture of how God looks at sin and sinners.
  1. Unrighteousness (thinking in any other way than in unity with God) is sin.
  2. We can recover from most sin.
  3. Christ going to the cross was for the entire world, out of love.
  4. We only need to believe.  Any repentance, remorse, etc. needs to come out of Christ working in us. 
This is all introduction to what I want to get into, next time.  In the meantime, consider what we’ve discussed, so far.  And, in particular, on those four things from the last two verses.  In that light, I have a question that will point us toward our next post.  Is there any of man’s sin, past, present, or future, that wasn’t paid for at the cross?

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