The Norman Transcript

Religion

May 10, 2013

Feeling God’s forgiveness

NORMAN — Hal Lindsey, in his book “Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth,” did a wonderful job of addressing the issue of guilt in a Christian’s life. Guilt is an issue we have all either struggled with personally or helped someone in our congregation deal with.

The enemy would have us believe his lie regarding sin: “Sin separates you from God after you become a Christian and therefore repeated removal of that barrier is necessary to have access to Him.”

When we buy this lie, we respond in several ways to our sin. We might respond with:

· Justification — Make excuses or offer valid reasons for it: “It was only a little lie, and it was easier on everyone involved” or “After all, the government spends my tax money on things I don’t agree with anyway.”

· Feeling unworthy of God’s continued grace and believing that He is mad at us or would never be able to really use us.

· Obsession with confession based on a belief that God keeps a slate of our sin that must be cleared periodically (1 John 1:9).

God’s view of sin — totally forgiven — past, present and future

Below are listed some of the verses that seem to be helpful in explaining this truth: Colossians 2:13, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:12 and Hebrews 10:10.

The correct translation of 1 John 1:9, from the original Greek, should read, “If we keep on confessing (agree with God concerning) our sins, He is faithful and righteous, to have forgiven us our sins and to have cleansed us from all unrighteousness.”

The tense of the verb used originally identifies the forgiveness as an already completed act that does not need to be repeated.

It is important to understanding the difference between guilt and conviction:

· Guilt — Legal indebtedness for wrongs done

· Conviction — Holy spirit’s prompting to recognize sin to prevent it from becoming a habit and to request and receive His help in dealing with it.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Religion
  • Hnsen Luger Kate Hansen still riding the Olympic cloud

    Not many people can say they actually accomplished their lifetime dreams. Even less can say they did it before turning 22....

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two rabbis sharing their passion

    STILLWATER — Two rabbis from Brooklyn recently spent time in Stillwater meeting with Jews and reconnecting them with their traditions, rituals and heritage....

    July 31, 2014

  • School Roundup in its 10th year

    In its 10th year, Alameda Church of Christ and Streams of Water Ministry are ready to roll out the backpacks for the Back to School Roundup. This year’s event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 at the church, 801 E. Alameda St. ...

    July 31, 2014

  • In praise of lonely places

    I grew up in a tough neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. The Berlin Wall was never so formidable a barrier as Woodland Avenue which separated the black neighborhood of the projects from Murray Hill or “Little Italy” as it was known. Like ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Expain Jesus’ impatience with fig tree

    The Rev. Joe Nassal, priest at Precious Blood Center in Liberty: The context provides a clue. At this point in the Gospel, Jesus arrives in Jerusalem to complete his mission....

    July 31, 2014

  • Tests of a living faith

    We recently started a study on Wednesday nights of the letter James wrote to the church. This Bible book is a practical guide to Christian living, but more than that, it really forces one to think honestly about their faith. Is your faith ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Which Bible bit is most misinterpreted?

    The Rev. Scott Gordon, Claycomo Baptist Church: Many passages vie for consideration, but the first “bit” that came to mind we find in Matthew 7:1-6 and Romans 2:1-5....

    July 24, 2014

  • CAIR-OK plans day of service

    The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will join Mercy Youth Club and IST Youth at the fourth annual Ramadan Day of Service Saturday....

    July 18, 2014

  • Guest preacher and author to speak

    The Reverend Dr. James White will preach, as well as discuss, his new book, “Brief Christian Histories: Getting a Sense of Our Long Story,” this Sunday at First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster. White will preach at both 8:40 and 10:45 ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Life on earth is a vapor

    The last of the baby boomers turn 50 this year. This generation of Americans, born from 1946-1964, is named after the post-World War II “baby boom.” I am a baby boomer and as one of the “late boomers,” one of the last to turn 50 — ...

    July 17, 2014