|The Gospel of Guilt|
08/17/2014 The Gospel of Guilt: Hebrews 19:19-23
The gavel sounds. The judge declares, “guilty as charged.” In courtrooms all across our country, the determination of guilt is part of justice and the rule of law. Before the holiness of God, like Isaiah, we stand sinful, and therefore guilty of falling short of his glory (Isaiah 6 - Romans 3:19,23 ).
With our guilt, we are under the sentence of judgment and separation from God’s eternal presence. That’s the bad news. But the good news of guilt is that Christ has taken our guilt away by serving the sentence on the cross through his innocent blood on our behalf. He who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might obtain the righteousness of God. What a marvelous exchange! (See 2 Corinthians 5:21 ).
There is therefore now, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 ). Still, many believers ‘feel guilty’ at every turn when bad things happen. While it is important that we recognize when the Holy Spirit convicts us of wrongdoing, we no longer need to struggle with a sentence from God hanging over our heads. His grace is still amazing. He removes the condemnation and replaces it with commendation.
When conviction comes, we ought to quickly confess our sin before God. Then accept by faith the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit who removes the guilt and restores the relationship with God. Don’t hold onto what God has taken away.