Friday, November 3, 2023

Washing by the blood

Broadcast 3839
Rev 3:3-5 (NET) Therefore, remember what you received and heard, and obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come against you. 4 But you have a few individuals in Sardis who have not stained their clothes, and they will walk with me dressed in white, because they are worthy.

Tade found himself tangled in a web of lies at the office, and the weight of guilt was so heavy that he couldn't pray or connect with God like he used to. He tried to rationalize his actions, but the guilt lingered.

However, when he faced up to his wrongdoings, confessing them before God and genuinely repenting, the burden of guilt lifted. He was cleansed.

In the passage today, the Lord spoke of some Christians in Sardis who managed to keep their garments unstained. When we stray into sin, it's like staining our spiritual attire. This brings in guilt and weakens our confidence in approaching God. If this pattern persists, it could lead to spiritual death because our connection with God is the wellspring of spiritual vitality (see Rom 8:13). But when we openly admit our wrongs (that's repentance), the cleansing power of Jesus' blood washes away both the stain and the sense of guilt. Confession isn't about informing God, as He already knows; it's about recognizing our actions as sinful and genuinely turning away from them.

As 1 John 1:8-9 puts it: "If we claim we're free of sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing."

Through this cleansing by His blood, we're not only freed from guilt but also empowered to confidently commune with God (see Heb 10:22).
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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