Sunday, October 17, 2021

How To Go From Guilt To Grace (pt. 1)

 "The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?' He replied, 'I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.'"  Genesis 3:6–10

  1. Admit my problem.

    "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard."  Romans 3:23

    "If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth."  1 John 1:8

  2. Accept God's solution.

    "When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.' And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice."  Luke 23:33–34

    "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ."  2 Corinthians 5:21

  3. Believe God's declaration.

    "Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us 'not guilty'—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like."  Romans 3:22

    "God saved you by his grace when you believed. . ."  Ephesians 2:8

    "For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes."  Galatians 3:26–27