12 August 2012

There Is No Sin, But One

Unquestionably, it's all about perspective. It's God's perspective that matters, not yours or mine (2 Cor 5:16). Know this.
Jesus made us white as snow.

When Jesus died for all sin, he wasn't joking or playing around. He was about his Father's business and on a mission to save the world. He didn't have time for people who didn't believe and most assuredly told them where they could go if they got in his way (Mat 16:23). He came to bring a sword (not peace) to set his people free from bondage and captivity (Mat 10:34-36). He was tired of so few not wanting a real relationship with his Father. Finally, he came to retire the old promise in order to put a New Testament in place. Ultimately, he purchased us as slaves to sin, then flipped the Universe upside down and made us rightful heirs to God's throne (Rom 8:15-17). Beautiful!

When Jesus took on all sin on the cross, he reached his goal of completely washing God's people by his shed blood (1 Pet 2:22-25). As my friend Beth puts it, water doesn't wash sin, blood does (Rev 1:4-6). You were not cleansed when you were baptized with water or when you decided to "receive" forgiveness (Heb 10:19-23). You were washed on the cross, period. You received forgiveness once for all time and you've ALWAYS had forgiveness (1 Pet 3:18). His sacrifice made us all white as snow.

Not until I visited Moldova did this "white as snow" business make any sense (Isa 1:18). I traveled there in the middle of December a couple years ago and we had a good amount of snow fall (more than I'd ever seen). On my last day, I was taken to Chisinau (the capitol) to buy some souvenirs. After touring a Greek Orthodox church in the middle of the city, God said, "Turn around and look back." I stopped dead in my tracks. I stopped so abruptly that my friends were taken back by my sudden move. As I turned and looked, it hit me. Snow was everywhere. He showed me how the ground was completely covered in pure white and how I couldn't see the dead plant life and filthy mud hidden underneath. He said, "This is how I see you." I stared a few seconds longer while burning the picture of the white, spotless landscape in my head.

This new image is how I see God's people. I don't care if you're an Atheist, Agnostic, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Satanist or whatever. Jesus died for your sins (Heb 9:18-28). His sacrifice was not strictly reserved for the believer (2 Cor 5:14-15).

Also, we are not forgiven when we choose to "receive" forgiveness. This "receive" theology is false and actually a flat out lie. You received forgiveness on the cross whether you like it or not (Heb 10:8-10). The problem is religious Christian leaders have always told you that you never had forgiveness. Quite frankly, anyone who's ever told you this doesn't have a clue who Jesus is or what he did. Although we were born in a sinful world, we've had forgiveness the entire time we've been alive (Psa 51:1-6). We all received it when Jesus died on the cross (Col 2:20-23). Therefore, our view should not be that we need to get something, but that we already have it (1 Cor 1:30-31). This "already have" Jesus point of view will change how you see everything; especially God's people.

So, what's the real problem. Well, we never truly believed we were forgiven (1 John 4:17-18). As long as we think we don't already have forgiveness, then we'll always have the wrong perspective.

Ok, so who's going to hell? The only people that are going to hell are the one's that don't believe they're already free from sin. These people don't believe what Jesus did for them and don't trust he was enough (Isa 28:16).

Honestly, Atheists have a better grasp on forgiveness than Christians do. At least they believe there's nothing left to be done. Even though they don't believe there is a God, they must believe they're forgiven because they could give a rip what religious people have to say. Admittedly, I don't blame them for not listening to us. We've been shoving "sinful" lies down their throats for centuries. No wonder they don't want anything to do with Jesus! Instead, we should simply be loving them and telling them how spotless they are because of Christ. They can spot Truth better than we can.

Consequently, not believing you're forgiven is like saying Jesus wasn't good enough. You feel you have to help him complete the forgiveness formula in order to be made right. This type of thinking is what Jesus calls self-righteous (Eph 2:8-10).

If Jesus died on the cross for all sin, then sin no longer exists. In God's eyes, sin is no longer an issue.

God clearly states that he doesn't count our sins against us and his only Son was enough (2 Cor 5:18-21). However, there is one sin that he has no control over. The reason this sin can't be pardoned is because it's what separates us from getting to know who we are in Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, the Holy Spirit was planted in everyone's heart (John 16:5-11). How else would the Spirit be able to convict us (John 16:12-15)? Rejecting the new righteous nature that's already living inside you is called blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Mat 12:30-36). It's unpardonable because you choose not to believe who you are in Christ after he did everything for you (Col 2:8-15). This is not something you do once and then it's all over. Rejecting the Spirit that's in you has to be done on a continual basis. You're always rejecting the Truth in disbelief (Eph 2:4-7). When we make the choice to disregard what he's done for us, we basically decide to be our own god instead of believing we're already apart of the family of God. This is exactly what Satan did. He was in the family, but decided to reject his role in the Kingdom. I'll talk more about this later.

Finally, I need to communicate something that makes me more mad than anything else on earth. I hate when Christians label unbelievers as "sinners." How can this be true?! Anyone judging a person by their sin is flagrantly condemning another one of God's children and doesn't believe all have been washed by Jesus' blood (Col 2:16-17). When, in fact, all sin has been wiped clean (Rom 8:1-4).
Are you listening to the Spirit tell you how righteous you are?

Honestly, I can't wait for Jesus to come back. I can't wait to see the anger in his eyes from all the shallow religious bigots that basically label people "unforgiven scumbag sinners." If you're preaching people aren't forgiven, I hope you repent from shoving hate and lies down people's throats and start telling them how wonderful they are, instead. Love does not condemn people or keep any record of wrong (1 Cor 13:4-6). Love chooses to accept you and hopes you'll return the favor (1 John 4:7-8).

Frankly, I'm convinced there are more people in the world that will reach Heaven than those that go to church (Mat 7:15-23). Why? Well, have you ever wondered how some people, who have never stepped foot in a religious building, can know or demonstrate love so well? They may not know Jesus' name, but they prove, by their actions, that they know what Love is (Rom 2:14-15). If you want a better picture of what Love looks like, don't look at the people you see on Sundays. Find a person who has real freedom, lives transparently, and doesn't condemn others for what they do wrong. These people know and believe they're forgiven and can easily forgive others too.

You can always spot a true unbeliever. They're typically church-goers that shove hate and false Christian doctrine down other people's throats. Hmm...I remember the Pharisees doing something very similar (Ecc 1:9-11).


Daniel Botwin said...

Nice bro!

Anonymous said...

Matthew 5:13
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

Matthew 7:13-14
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Matthew 7:31-46
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. ”

Allison said...

Very nice post here Dathan! :)