Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fined But Not Condemned

"Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment." - Psalm 51:4 ESV

"If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;" - Psalm 130:3-5 ESV

King David wrote Psalm 51 and he had a confidence about God. As the king he was accountable to no human being. No one could force accountability from him but he recognized God's authority.

'Against You and You only...'

We say this also. We are accountable to people but not like this. Not on the 'sin' level. Sin is a God thing. It is a divine evaluation that God has a right to make.

Psalm 130 is a song they sang on the way to Jerusalem for the feasts and in this inspired song they say something about God's value system towards them. He values redemption highly and He isn't numbering iniquities.

We know the reason for that. Jesus is the reason. God Is holy and Jesus has already made an account for every single sin.

God has the right to call us out but because of Jesus He doesn't. We are hidden in Christ and when God looks at His Son He just isn't thinking about sin.

If a person says to us, 'You dented my car and you need to pay for it.' that is one thing. But if they start listing our sins that is another thing entirely. No one but God has that right and He doesn't do that.

As far as this goes... we are kings and queens. No one can force us to make an account or demand worship. We can be fined and even imprisoned but we can't be condemned.

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." - Matthew 10:28 ESV

Yes. We respect the One who can and does do this. We worship the One who has mercy on many because His Son has paid the price. We trust the One who has better things to do than to count all our failures.


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