We all have dreams where our imagination takes us beyond reality. There’s a couple I’ve had since high school. One is being able to jump up on stage with the Doobie Brothers and play China Grove, Long Train Running, and Listen to the Music with them. Another is winning gold medals in the Olympics in the distance events. Neither is very likely to happen, especially now at my age and in my condition.
Have you ever imagined you were guilt free, as if you had never done anything wrong? No one can hold anything against you. You are guilt free, you have no record of wrong (anymore).
It’s a hard thing to imagine because we have sinned, we are guilty. We have offended God’s righteousness and holiness. He is pure light, in him is no darkness at all, 1 John 1:5 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20John+1:5&version=NIV ). Yahweh, God just has nothing to do with sin except eradicate it. It is so offensive he will not have a relationship with those who have sin. That’s why he kicked Lucifer (his name as an angel) out of heaven and now his name is the devil and Satan. God punishes sin. Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death….”
But, what if we could be free of sin, if we could be pronounced “Not Guilty?” What if we didn’t have to feel our guilt and actually have it removed? What if it was as if we had never sinned, never done wrong? That’s what we want and it’s what God wants. He wants to have a relationship with you, but your sin prevents it, but he wants to wipe sin out of your life so that you don’t have to suffer the punishment for sin.
In the movie Angels in the Outfield, the kid J.P. who is friends with the main character Roger who sees the angels in the outfield, whenever something that might happen is pretty much impossible, J.P. would respond, “It could happen!” It not only can happen, it does and it will if.
The way it happens is through your faith in Christ. Not simple faith that only says “I believe,” but trust and faith that does what God wants for his forgiveness to happen in your life, to wipe your sin and guilt away. When that faith happens then God justifies you. A common way to think about the word justified is, ” just as if I’d” never sinned, and that’s the essence of it.
Abraham was given credit by God as being righteous. It was through his faith (read Romans 4, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%204&version=NIV ). But look at the last verses of the chapter:
“Therefore it was credited to him as righteousness. Now not for his sake only was it credited to him but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him (that is God) who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:22-25, NASB).
Look at that, “for our benefit too.” If Abraham was declared righteous, we can be too. Abraham believed God, Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sins and since he has raised from the dead, if you and I believe in Jesus then we can be justified to.
It’s not a dream, or a wish, it’s a fact. You can be free from sin. Those who have already been freed are filled with gratefulness. And we continue to live for Jesus.