Text: Romans 8:1-2; 15-17
We are so susceptible to guilt that it readily surfaces whenever the right stimulus is there; like feeling guilty when we are caught doing something wrong. Guilt has to do with sin, it fills us with condemnation. The whole Gospel is centred around one great message: how to deal with guilt.
Martin Luther’s primary struggle was against the overpowering influence of self-blame. He spent hours at confessional and seemed tormented by nagging accusations. Finally, Luther realized all his sins were already forgiven through Jesus’ death on the cross, and his guilt vanished overnight.
He reached this realization while teaching on Romans 1:17, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”
One of Martin Luther’s quotes says, “Though conscience weighs us down and tells us God is angry, yet God is greater than our hearts. The conscience is but one drop; the reconciled God is an ocean of consolation…”
We tend to believe that unless one is perfect, they cannot please God. However, God is already pleased with us because Jesus, His only Son, gave His life to rectify our sins.
The secularist answer to guilt is one that erases the weight of sin. Apparently, since we’ve done nothing wrong, we have no reason to feel guilty. An abundance of psychological terms have been coined to explain spiritual and mental attitudes.
What used to be:
Conviction is now Compulsive Neuroses
Bad Habits are now Acquired Behavioural Patterns
Troubles are now Traumas
Crime is now Antisocial Behaviour
It is no wonder that Scripture talks of the god of this world blinding our eyes to prevent the light of the Gospel from shining on us! (2 Cor. 4:4).
As Christians we know that sin is sin, no matter what we call it, and that people go on feeling guilty no matter how much they’re told they shouldn’t. The amazing and liberating truth of Christianity is this: Jesus Christ came to set us free from guilt—permanently.
If we come from a background of:
- Negative thought patterns
- Thoughts which are contrary to God’s Word
Then this can affect us even as Christians. These thoughts can make us feel unworthy, and put us under continual guilt and condemnation.
Here is the answer: “Take an act of faith, throw the negative thoughts out of your mind and believe God’s Word.”
Believe what God says about you! Believe there is no more condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus! Believe you are forgiven.
Jesus came to save us from our sins, for Matthew 1:20-21 says, “‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the Child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’”
The apostle John says, “The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” In Christ we are clean, therefore no one can accuse us or judge us.
This is why Paul says in Romans 8:33, “Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one—for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself.”
We have a new identity in Christ Jesus and must confess and affirm this to ourselves every day. We must break off lies, strongholds, addictions, shame, and anything that is holding us back from unlocking the door to our new life in Christ.
The Bible says:
- I am a new creation in Him (2 Cor. 5:17)
- I am reconciled in Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-19)
- I am righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24)
- I have been born again by the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:3-6)
- I am saved by grace as a gift, not because of my performance (Eph. 2:8)
- We radiate light wherever we go (Mat. 5:14)
- We shine like a firework in the night (Phil. 2:15)
- We are children of light (1 Thes. 5:5)
- We are the salt of the earth (Mat. 5:13)
- We are victorious (Rom. 8:37)
- We have a heavenly calling (He. 3:1)
- We have royalty in our veins and lead with integrity (1 Pe. 2:9)
- We were designed for good works (Eph. 2:10)
- We are co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17)
- We are chosen and called by God to produce fruit (Jn. 15:16)
Let us learn to speak daily about our new identity in Christ Jesus.
The power of life and death is in the tongue, so it is vital that you only allow the Truth to come out of your mouth. It could be the difference between an amazing life, and a disappointing one (Prov. 18:21).
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on November 3, 2019 at New Life Christian Church