Anytime I’ve heard about freedom that was connected to the Gospel, it was in reference to freedom from addictions (pornography, drugs, alcohol, various lusts,etc.). While this is absolutely true, I rarely ever heard about freedom from the very thing the cross of Jesus Christ frees us from: working for our salvation.
The kind of salvation work I’m talking about is the subtle kind. It’s the kind that disguises itself in piety but it’s true identity is self-salvation. It masquerades itself as repentance, but behind the mask is independence. It shows itself, not in the moments of the spotlight, but rather when it seems like there is no light at all. The moment after a sin is committed, the moment after conviction sets in and tears fall, what do you do?
Many of us take some time away from God. We fall into self-pity which turns into a type of penance where the worse we can feel, the more we can approach God…not because of His grace but because of our remorse. In essence, we work for forgiveness.
It is within the message of the Gospel that Jesus says, “Come to me…”(Matt. 11:28). It is within that context that Paul says,
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1).
If we truly understood what the cross of Jesus Christ does for us then we would, in the midst of our sin, run to Him rather than run away from Him. This freedom is not found in our performances but in the work and mercy of Jesus on our behalf.
He became what we are, so we might become what He is (2 Cor. 5:21). This allows us to go to Him at any point at any time (Heb. 4:16) and find the glorious truth that the Son sets us free (John 8:36). It is within this freedom that we can embrace what God declared when He said, “I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.“ (Isaiah 44:22).
- What do you do after committing a sin?
- Does the gospel affect the way you approach God?
- What are ways to remind yourself of the truth of the gospel after a sin has been committed?