by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday July 31, 2005
Fully AliveColossians 2:9-17
When you hear the phrase "freedom in Christ," what comes to mind? As we go to God, He gives us freedom from sin–both its guilt and penalty.
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin (Romans 6:5-7).
Some Christians don’t feel free because the guilt in their lives is so strong. But this guilt is not from the Lord; it’s self-inflicted.
When Jesus hung on the cross for the sins of the world–past, present, and future–sin was atoned. As Christians, we are no longer guilty.
Peter writes: "[Jesus] Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed" (1 Peter 2:24).
Jesus’ death paid the penalty for our sins. If we truly believe what the Bible says, guilt will no longer enslave us.
When we forget what our position is in Christ, we heap guilt on ourselves. If we don’t understand that our position is constant–no matter what we’ve done, good or bad–then guilt disappears.
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