Sunday, March 14, 2021

Christ Removed Our Guilt

Christ Removed Our Guilt
Christ removed our guilt.

The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon titled Christ Removed Our Guilt.  You are invited to watch, listen, and worship with us here.  

Guilt can be a good thing.  It can make us realize a wrong we've done, resulting in an appropriate apology or a change of behavior, but guilt can also be a bad thing.  Sometimes guilt can be used against us.  The enemy (the devil) can use guilt to make us feel unworthy and worthless.  Moms and dads often hold onto guilt.  They live by it.  They are labeled by it.  But, as Christ-followers, we don't live as guilty anymore.  Don't let the enemy hold you hostage to your guilt.  Christ came to remove our guilt.

Christ Removed Our Guilt

How do we get out of guilt and shame?  Consider the acronym OUT.

O - Own your sin.

We must own our sin.  We have all sinned.  

For all saved sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

God already knows how sinful we are. He knows it all, including our deepest, darkest sins and secrets. And you know what? He loves us anyway.

U - Understand justification.

When you are saved you are justified.being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in God’s merciful restraint He let the sins previously committed go unpunished. - Romans 3:24-25

Christ took our punishment.  We are declared "not guilty."  Justification means you live as if you are innocent.  

Satan will condemn us.
Others will condemn us.
We will condemn ourselves.

God does not condemn us.

My pastor mentions something I've never thought about until now.  What if Paul's victims, those he murdered, cheered for him as he entered Heaven?  Have you ever thought about that?  Wow, what a picture I have in my head about this!

Consider another statement made by my pastor.

Jesus became who we are so that we can become who He is.  Another WOW moment!

Jesus is our advocate.  We are righteous children of God.

For the demonstration, that is, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. - Romans 3:26

ALL who come to Jesus are justified.

It is because we are saved that we do good works, not the other way around.

T - Trust Christ.

We must trust Christ.  We don't get to Heaven because we are good.  We don't get to Heaven because of who our parents or grandparents are.  We get to Heaven by trusting Jesus alone.

Are you living with guilt today?  

Everything you could ever do—everything you have ever done—is nailed to the cross.  

Jesus does not condemn.

Christ Removed Our Guilt
Christ Removed Our Guilt

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