“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17) The devil uses condemnation to beat us into submission to do his will. “For if our heart condemns us God is greater than our heart and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” (I John 3:20-21) Peace and confidence are the results of no condemnation.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2) When we believed in Jesus, our spirit became alive with the Spirit of God.
As believers, we are forgiven but not perfect. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:8-9) This verse teaches us:
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (I Corinthians 10:3-5)
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (I John 1:1-2) This Scripture tells us that we do not have to sin because as Christians we have a new nature. It also tells us what to do when we choose to sin.
The apostle included Himself in this by saying, “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Though John was an apostle and writing these inspired words he recognized his own personal need.
The word “propitiation” also became known as the “Mercy Seat” in the tabernacle of Moses and later in Solomon’s Temple. This was the place where the blood of the innocent lamb was sprinkled before God by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. Resting above the Mercy Seat was a cloud of the glory of God. “Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
To break a stronghold we should replace the thought with God’s word; replace the emotion with love for Christ; replace the picture with God’s vision.
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