Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Not condemnation, but freedom

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." (John 3:16, 17 ESV)

John 3:16 must be the most well known scripture and before I met Jesus, was the only scripture that I could quote from the Bible. This scripture popped up as the "verse of the day" when I opened my eBible today. Although I know verse 16 very well, I haven't read verse 17 as much and when I read it today, I felt to share the following.

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn us, but in order that we might be saved through Him. He sent Jesus so that we might be free and so that we might have life. Jesus says
"The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Jesus doesn't want to condemn people. People often think of condemnation when they think of Jesus, instead of freedom. Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden the world has been condemned, they chose themselves over God and selfishness led them to turn their backs on God and His ways. They wanted to be better and more intelligent and they fell for the lie of Satan as he said that they would be like God if they ate from the tree and they will know good and evil. Instead they separated themselves from God by allowing evil into their pure hearts and their immortal spirits died.

How often do we still fall like this? No wonder we call it the "oldest trick in the book". How often does Satan whisper to us a false idea? "If you do this and that, then you will gain this and that. It won't hurt anyone, they won't even know, just slander that person, tell this lie, just take the praise for that and give the blame there." It's in our blood and we cannot deny it. We want more wealth, power and success. We think we are all-knowing and no one can teach us anything. Greed, vanity, pride and lust, all of these have the root of selfishness. We condemn ourselves just by being ourselves and submitting to our selfish desires. Our own heart and conscience condemn us and tell us that what we are doing is wrong. We justify, we fight and we try to convince ourselves and others, but deep down, the truth is imminent.

What did Jesus come to set us free from? Why do we need saving you might ask? We need to be saved from ourselves, from the condemnation in our own hearts, from the lies of this world and the blindfold over our eyes. The blindfold makes us think we are superior, strong and intelligent, but compared to God, we are only fools. But the blindfold (lie) keeps us arrogant and proud, it convinces us that we don't need God. That is the sole purpose of Satan, to keep us away from the truth, away from Jesus and away from freedom. Satan tries to convince the world that they are free and that God equals rules and condemnation.

The Bible says: "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV)

When you are wearing a blindfold you cannot understand the words of God, they are foolishness to you and even if someone explains to you the truth it sounds foolish. Choose today to remove the blindfold from your eyes and live in true freedom. I cannot remove the blindfold, but God can, His love and truth expose the lie, the oldest trick in the book. Ask Him today to save you and to open your eyes to see and your ears to hear. Ask Him to forgive you for the way you talked about Him and the way you maybe mocked His people. His heart is for you and His desire is to reach each person.

"So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:14 ESV)

You have been forgiven before you even ask for forgiveness, Jesus paid it all for you and He just knocks at your door and asks you to let Him into your life. He brings no condemnation, but rather love and freedom. He's calling you back to life and into a relationship with Him. All you need to do is say yes.

"For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them." (Matthew 13:15 ESV)

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  1. Thanks for reminding me of verse 17. Salvation is sweet and just what I need. Definitely can't do it alone.

  2. I love this post, so much. I hope it helps people. We're not chained in our faith, we're free!

  3. I have a hard time breaking that barrier of feeling inadequate as a sinner and needing God. I feel I can only show my face to God when I have been "good" even though I know that is not true. I have to keep telling myself if I was perfect I would not need God. But I want to be perfect for him. I continuously miss the point of grace...

    1. Dear Kat, thank you for stopping by. :) you are already perfect for Him, because of what Jesus has done for you on the cross. You are clothed in His righteousness and therefore perfect in the sight of God. No amount of work from your side can make you more perfect or less perfect. When we sin it does not take away from what Jesus has done as that is exactly why Jesus had to die. When we sin though, we don't feel perfect as our hearts condemn us as per 1 John 3:20. It is an amazing verse to explain it. It says that our own hearts condemn us, but God is greater than our hearts. Thus there is NO condemnation for the child of God and this is all possible because of His grace. Jesus died to open the way for us to the Father so that we can always show our face to Him. I once heard someone say that you are making the cross useless if you don't take advantage of what Jesus has done and enter God's presence with confidence. You are on a journey and God is the author and perfecter of your faith. He will lead you through. Be so blessed! X

    2. Maybe also refer to the post Access with confidence! It is very helpful. :)

  4. I found freedom when I was reminded to seek first the kingdom. It's not easy, but He made it simple for me. As we seek Him and His kingdom through prayer, bible study, and meditation, we plant the seeds. If we continue to feed and cultivate those seeds, it will lead to a harvest of righteousness!! As we grow stronger in our walk of faith, and starve out the old nature, we will gain victory and become more than conquerors!! Great post! Hope you check mine out @ and let me know what you think!!


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