Behold The Lamb of God Who Keeps Reminding Us Of Our Sins

Behold The Lamb of God Who Keeps Reminding Us Of Our Sins August 21, 2019

 

It’s quite disturbing to me that so many Christian churches today are continually fixated on how sinful we all are. They constantly remind us that we are unworthy and that our sins are filthy and that this keeps us separated from God.

But then, in the very same breath, they will remind us that Jesus is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World.”

So, which is it?

I mean, if the Good News of the Gospel is that we were sinners and Christ’s death sets us free from the Law of Sin and Death, then why are we still wallowing in our sinfulness?

And if we are still enslaved to our sinfulness, then how can we proclaim that Jesus took away our sins and nailed them once and for all to the cross?

Are we really set free from the Law of Sin and Death?

Did Jesus actually take away our sins and nail them to the cross once and for all?

Or, are we just hopeless sinners who can never, ever, truly be set free from our filthy sinfulness?

What about that verse – which almost never gets quoted by these same sin-obsessed Christians – that tells us:

“…that in Christ God was reconciling the World to Himself, not counting our sins against us, and entrusting us with this message of reconciliation.” [2 Cor. 5:19]

Now THAT is Good News!

I mean, why don’t I hear Christians repeating that one every Sunday? Why aren’t we writing and singing songs based on this amazing message? Why aren’t street preachers standing on their soapboxes and shouting this verse through their megaphones?

Why indeed.

Perhaps it’s because setting people free – really free – from the shame and guilt of their sins makes it really hard to build a church, or to grow a religion.

So, we need to keep people in a constant state of limbo between being loved/accepted and condemned/ashamed.

See, if everyone is always wondering whether or not they are free, there’s always a reason for them to come back again next week to find out. And, if our reconciliation with God is in doubt, or in flux, then we’ll always need someone to reassure us that this forgiveness is available – at least as long as we remain members in good standing with the church and keep paying our tithes.

Now, imagine the chaos if everyone actually KNEW for a fact that they were – right now – totally and completely forgiven and absolutely reconciled to God. [No, seriously. Imagine it.]

What if our message to everyone was simply this: “God loves you. God isn’t counting your sins against you anymore. God has reconciled you completely. You are forgiven. Totally forgiven. You are accepted. Completely. You are God’s beloved child. When you’re ready to come home, God is waiting for you with arms wide open.”

How beautiful would that be?

But, as one friend of mine pointed out recently, this message – as true as it is – doesn’t keep people coming back every week to drop money in the offering plate and hear your sermon and sing your songs.

So, we emphasize our sinfulness and we downplay our message of reconciliation in favor of a story about how broken and miserable we are.

Because it keeps butts in the seats.

Now, I can already hear some of you saying: “But Keith, we ARE sinners! Everyone sins!”

Yes, that is true. We all make mistakes. We all fall short of the Glory of God.

But that is not our identity. That is not who we ARE.

We are the children of God. We are beloved. We are reconciled.

One could make the case that everyone on the planet defecates on a daily basis. We all poop.

But is that who we ARE? Are we, at the core of our being, “Poopers?” Does this daily, repetitive movement define our character or reflect our identity?

No. It does not.

What defines our character and our identity is based on whose image we are all made in.

What defines our value and our worth is calculated by the price someone is willing to pay to be with us forever.

God has said that we are worth dying for.

God has demonstrated our value by paying the ultimate price to be with us.

God has declared that we are all made in the image of the Divine.

God has, in Christ, reconciled the entire World completely and does not count our sins against us.

Halleluiah!

“Behold, the Lamb of God who [really does] take away the sins of the World!”

That is Good News. Maybe someone should start preaching that? And living that?

I’ll go first.

**

Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

Keith’s newest book, “Jesus Unveiled: Forsaking Church As We Know It For Ekklesia As God Intended” released on June 9, 2019 on Amazon, and features a Foreword by author Richard Jacobson.
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  • soter phile

    It might help to revisit Simon’s problem in Luke 7:
    Because he who is forgiven little, loves little. (v.47)

    Or do you think it’s just a guilt trip that has the ‘sinful woman’ weeping with joy as she washes Jesus’ feet?

    Little sins, little forgiveness, little love, little Savior. Cheap grace changes no one.
    What did it cost your god to forgive? That is how deeply you will love – and no more.

  • “I mean, if the Good News of the Gospel is that we were sinners and Christ’s death sets us free from the Law of Sin and Death, then why are we still wallowing in our sinfulness?” Because we are not free from the Law of Sin and Death are we? We still die once don’t we?
    “then how can we proclaim that Jesus took away our sins and nailed them once and for all to the cross?” We cannot because He did not. That is not the way Grace and Salvation work.
    If your take on sin is correct then we should just stop living and go directly to heaven to be with God.

  • Herm

    Bob, all that is carnal will return to the physical elements from which it came. God does not speak to their children in the carnal but only in the Spirit. If all the law and prophets (the entirety of God’s loving intentions found in the Old Testament) is truly summed up in everything do to others as you would have others do to you, what is this “Law of Sin and Death” you are not free from?

    It is purely by the love of my Father for mankind, made in God’s image, that the children of God on earth don’t go directly to heaven. It is for that reason that to become a sibling student of the Messiah they each must first hate familial carnal allegiance and pick up their own cross in love that even their enemy might live.

    The grace of God is the free and unmerited favor (love?) of our perfect Father extended to each child of Man and God, evil or good.

    We, born of Man, are only saved from the self-serving false teachings of mankind when we see to accept the Spirit of truth as our one and only Teacher. Only from those sibling students of Christ, filled with and in the Holy Spirit, without pause or end, can we hear the true word of God spoken.

  • Hello Herm. I see you have found your way back.
    So you admit that earth is a training ground?
    What happens when you fail training?

  • Herm

    Hi Bob, thanks for noticing.

    The earth is not a physical training ground for eternal life in the Spirit. If you did not take your church’s “bible” as the inerrant word of God for today and all carnal time, then you would understand that all stories of the evolving relationship between earth’s animal species (now 200,0000 years old in the modern form) and spirit God are sincerely written in the time sensitive understanding of the human author, not God’s (Father, Son or Holy Ghost). Mankind appears to be the only temporal life (kinetically aware and influential) on this earth that God felt they could share at least an infantile understanding of their eternal awareness and influence (life), that is purely spirit, with.

    If individual members of mankind do not value to adopt the permanent attitude of in everything do to all others, of Man and God, as they would have others do to them and like that …

    they can’t love their enemy …

    they can’t love themselves …

    they can’t love their merciful neighbors as themselves …

    they can’t love he with all authority in the Spirit on earth and in heaven with all that is them in spirit (heart, soul, strength, mind) …

    they can’t value the will of the one Father of God as perfect …

    they shine on the Holy Spirit who lives with and in all individuals of God …

    … when their physical body’s elements return to the earth they will no longer be aware or have any influence any where or, ever again, at any time.

    When filled with the Spirit of truth today, this is the word of God spoken that we are now capable of understanding. We, 200,000 ± years old mankind, though more than 1,900 years more mature than the selected authors of your church’s bible, remain infantile in their awareness and influence in the Spirit of no beginning and no end.

    You asked. Love you!

  • Yes I did. Your answer is confusing.
    Just how do ” individual members of mankind do not value to adopt the permanent attitude”…

  • Herm

    Bob, just how confusing are, in context from your church’s accepted gospels (Revelations of Christ), the following?

    Luke 10:25-37
    On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” [26] “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” [27] He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” [28] “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” [29] But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” [30] In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. [31] A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. [32] So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. [33] But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. [34] He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. [35] The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ [36] “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” [37] The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

    Matthew 7:7-12
    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. [8] For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. [9] “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? [10] Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? [11] If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! [12] So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

    Matthew 22:34-40
    Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. [35] One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: [36] “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” [37] Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and greatest commandment. [39] And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [40] All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

    … tempered with an excerpt from the Prophets:

    Ecclesiastes 9:3-6
    This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. [4] Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! [5] For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. [6] Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.

    … as supported by an excerpt taken out of a too long for primetime Prophet dealing with God as versus idols:

    Isaiah 44:18
    They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

    All of the above deal with the consequences from applied relational attitudes, both to life in the physical and life in the Spirit.

  • To that I would offer this:
    Habakkuk 1:2-4
    (2) O LORD, how long shall I cry,
    And You will not hear?
    Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
    And You will not save.
    (3) Why do You show me iniquity,
    And cause me to see trouble?
    For plundering and violence are before me;
    There is strife, and contention arises.
    (4) Therefore the law is powerless,
    And justice never goes forth.
    For the wicked surround the righteous;
    Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.

  • Herm

    What do you understand from the prophetic song of Habakkuk’s complaints and the Lord’s answers? I’m intrigued as to how you see the sum of the Law and the Prophets in the book (song) of Habakkuk.