Sunday, October 5, 2014

Living Free From Sin: Three Charges Against Us - Part 3

Three Charges Against Us

                We have seen how the Blood of Jesus answers God’s charge against us and our own charge against ourselves. Now we must see how the Blood answers the charges of “the accuser of our brothers” (Rev 12:10). Now that we can face God and ourselves we are ready to turn to the enemy.

Satan’s Charge
How does the Blood operate against Satan? It puts God on the side of man against him. The Fall brought about a state in man where Satan had a foothold and God withdrew from man, leaving him inwardly estranged from God. Because of what man has done there is something within him that prevents God, who is a just God, from morally defending man until that thing in man is removed. The Blood removes the barrier and restores God and man to one another. “The blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Another translation puts it as, “from every sin”.  Every item of sin is taken care of by the Blood.  Sometimes a sin may seem almost unforgiveable, but God’s word says “every sin”. Big sins, little sins, very black sins, sins I think can be forgiven, and sins I think are unforgivable, yes, all sins, conscious or unconscious, remembered and forgotten, are all included in those words.
If God sees all our sins and forgives them on the ground of the shed Blood of Jesus, what ground does Satan have to accuse? Satan may accuse us before God but, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). God points him to the precious Blood of his son Jesus. “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Rom. 8:33-34). God has answered his every challenge. Note the words from the author of Hebrews, “How much more will the blood of Christ… purify our conscience” (Heb. 9:14). It is enough for God.
This handles Satan’s accusations against us before God, but what of his accusations in our own conscience? Satan says, “You have sinned, and you keep sinning. You are weak and God can have nothing more to do with you.” He has charged us in this way and we seek to look within ourselves for some defense, some argument against his charge. We look for some ground, within our feelings or behavior, that Satan is wrong. This is one of Satan’s most effective weapons. He points to our sin and charges us. We fall and accept his accusations because we hope that there is some good in us, some righteousness of our own. Satan has succeeded He has made us look in the wrong direction.

“But if we have learned to put no confidence in the flesh, we shall not wonder if we sin, for the very nature of the flesh is to sin, Do you understand what I mean? It is because we have not come to appreciate our true nature and to see how helpless we are that we still have some expectation in ourselves, with the result that, when Satan comes along and accuses us, we go down under it.”

This quote from Nee To-sheng puts it for us perfectly. God can deal with our sins; but he cannot deal with a man under accusation, because such a man is not trusting in the Blood. Christ is our advocate, but we side with the accuser.  We have not realized that God alone can answer the accuser, and that he has already done so in the precious Blood. Yes, we are sinful, but praise God! The Blood cleanses us from every sin. Our faith in the Blood of Christ and our refusal to move from that position is the only thing that will silence his charges. Forever! This is how it works! “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:33-34).
                So the Blood of Christ answers the charges laid against us by God. God says, “I am satisfied with the payment.”  The Blood also answers the charge we lay before ourselves. We say, “I trust in the Blood, because God has told me he is satisfied and I am cleansed”. And the Blood answers Satan’s charges for when he accuses us before God; God points to the Blood of Christ, and when he accuses us before our conscience we point to the Blood of Christ with the cry, “Oh, I am sinful and unworthy, but praise God! Jesus paid it all”!
                What an amazing truth! We can come before God Almighty with a clear conscience. But in our next lesson we will find that we have a much bigger problem than our sins. The sin is just a product. What is it that causes us to sin? If we are to live “Free From Sin” we must answer this question and discover what God has provided for us to deal with this problem.
                Until next time: Rejoice for, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad” Psalm 126:3.


Lynn said...

I love this quote from Nee To-sheng. So well put! You are really tracking, I love this! Thank you so much for writing from your heart what God is putting there.

Adam Willis said...

Thanks Lynn! I am really excited about this topic. God spoke to me in a powerful way during my study on this and I hope that he will use it to reach others also. He has truly provided everything.