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Freedom through the Cross (FTC)- No More Guilt

May 16, 20120 Comments

“Even the majority of Christians have never heard that He who has freed them from the penalty of their sins is able to keep them free from the both the consciousness of guilt and the power of sin.” L.L Letgers

On the surface the problem of guilt doesn’t seem like a problem at all.  In our modern day lives, it’s not something people openly talk about.  However, guilt has been a problem since the garden, it was a subject discussed frequently by Sigmund Freud the father of psychoanalysis, and by many of the professionals that have walked in his footsteps.  Hobart Mower, once the president of the American Psychology Association, a non Christian said, ” Man sickens in mind, soul, and perhaps even body because of unconfessed and unatoned real guilt.”  Ravi Zacharias of RZIM, stated ” what the psychologist tell us is still true and they go on to point out that Guilt has become the cornerstone of neurosis in our times.”  The problem of guilt is real and problematic, often tormenting people for years.  Guilt is a reality of the fallen soul’s condition.  The cross of Christ is God’s solution.

Guilt is the result of sin

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Rom 5:12

Apart from Christ mankind is convicted with Adam of sin, leaving all guilty, all condemned to the judgment of sinner. (Rom 3:23)

“None of the descendants of that first man can escape death.  Each of us sinned in our federal head, Adam.  The entire race was in him when he sinned.  He chose for the race.” L.L. Legters

Today many live in the ignorance of sin but they can’t escape its effects because it is an inherited condition. The sense of inadequacy, feelings of unworthiness, fear of punishment and unrest, even the desire to punish one’s self, and the conscious of wrongness is the guilt that mankind bears.

Jesus paid the penalty for our guilt

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us,…” 2 Cor 5:21

“…God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.”  Rom 8:3

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isa 53:5

On the cross, God effectively dealt a blow to sin, condemning sin in the flesh.   During the flood, God was able to kill off the disobedient who were sinning, but on the cross God condemns sin.  Jesus actually died as a malefactor, Him the innocent, was judged as the guilty and crucified in our place.

Our guilt could not have been pardoned away or simply excused, once the law was broken (sin) we were all sentenced to the punishment of death.  Jesus took the punishment of our guilt and sin, he was beaten severely and hung on a cross, died the death of a cursed, convicted sinner.  So that now God can say to those who in are Christ there is no condemnation, you are not guilty.  “Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart” (Pro 20:30).   Jesus’ punishment was for the cleansing of our guilty consciences so that we can stand up right before God and man, “by His stripes we are healed.”

 “He was nailed there for crimes He had never committed; He was crucified for the sins of others.  He bore our guilt.  He paid the full penalty of what we had done.” L.L Letgers

Jesus paid the full penalty for us, the physical, soul and spiritual punishment, even God forsaking Him on the cross.  He did this for the whole of mankind’s sin, God will never have to punish us or our kids for sin.

The Blood Frees us from Guilt

“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  (Heb 9:12-14)

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” Heb 9:22

Jesus’ blood was shed for our purification.  His blood was more effective than the blood of goats, “it is sufficient to purge the conscience of dead works, it reaches to the very soul”  and through His blood we have redemption, forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.  (Eph 1:7)  His blood cleanses and frees us from a guilty conscience!

Lastly, this freedom and redemption is eternal.  Jesus does not have to give His life again, neither does He have to suffer again.  We as recipients cannot add anything, nor is anything else required, the payment is completely and eternally sufficient.

 

 For a complete outline and study notes click here.  Outline adapted from L.L Legter’s Freedom Through the Cross 1935

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