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Not Counting Sins Against Them

January 27, 2016

Greetings,

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  ”Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  1 Corinthians 15: 54-58

So death has been swallowed up in victory.  Amazing!  In Christ we are no longer held in bondage to the laws of sin and death.  This is about total victory in Christ for every single person with no exceptions.

 In Christ the law of sowing and reaping or what some call karma is no longer in full effect.  At least not in the big picture pertaining to our salvation.  Sure in the small picture of day to day life in Him, He uses sowing and reaping to teach us and build character in us.  However, grace and total reconciliation will eventually absolutely and completely obliterate karma.  This message is clear in 2nd Corinthians 5: 19, where it states that God reconciles the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  Plus on top of that God has made us Christ’s ambassadors and committed to us this message of great grace and reconciliation.

That means instead of us reaching out an arm to point out and judge sin in others; we should open wide our arms and accept everyone right where they are, and for who they are right now in this very moment.  Jesus did this for us while we were still sinners, so we should do the same for others with a glad and sincere heart.  Far too often “Christians” have required sinners to clean up their act before they would even offer Jesus and Christ’s love to them.

If we are truly operating in His grace and reconciliation we will love and accept everyone no matter what baggage or filth they may carry with them.  If we welcome them open and free they will then receive Jesus and He will help them get free and clean in His perfect timing.  We should NEVER require someone to get clean first in order to eventually bathe in Christ.  Love, acceptance, grace and forgiveness is what it is all about.  If we build relationships on that foundation everyone would have more hope and a whole lot more people would discover Christ.  After all, Christ in us is THE hope of glory.  If we give people the love, grace, and reconciliation that Jesus freely offers, it would change everything for everyone.  Today I choose grace over judgment.  Who is going to join me?

Love and……

Kirk Out !

P.s.  Yes, this blog post is from the sites archives.  I have been re-posting and re-working some other older blogs too.  The past several days The Lord has had me pondering the passages I used in this post and instead of writing a completely new post He led me to just make some adjustments and share this one again.  I feel this is a very important message both for the Body of Christ and those yet to fully know and follow Jesus.

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13 Comments
  1. Bill Lansdale permalink

    I agree with you totally. Truthfully, none of us can be clean enough for God. But, through His love and grace, we are cleansed through our acceptance of His Son Jesus Christ. He sees our sins no more. He also expects us to treat others as He has treated us. We are suppose to show others love, and forgiveness. To be patient with them.

  2. We had a teaching recently on Noah and how his sons’ covering him up when he was drunken was a shadow and symbol of how Jesus covers our flesh and doesn’t see it any longer. And we should give the same grace to others. That’s not to say sin is okay, but too often we’re more like Noah’s son who wanted to expose others’ sins. It’s so much easier to live by religion and rules instead of love and grace and not telling on others.

  3. I totally agree about accepting folks where there are & not requiring any clean-up. But arent’t there perspectives we need to be reminded of which fill out the bigger picture? For example, Paul comforts the saints by saying that ‘those who have troubled you, God will trouble when he comes in flaming fire with vengeance on those who know not God & do not obey the Gospel…..” Aren’t there consequences for ultimately not believing in Jesus?

    • Rich Chamberlin permalink

      While human punishment has been taken off the table, the if / then NT dynamic of blessings takes center stage. Vague enough so we do not make reward our goal, but clear enough to assure us of eternal justice – fairness.

      • Rich and all, neither heaven or hell have affected my faith walk with Jesus. I simply follow Jesus because He is real and my source of love, comfort and truth. I do not seek or need a prize like heaven to maintain my faith and I have never been afraid of hell or other negative consequences. My relationship with Jesus is just so authentic and real that I need no other perks or punishments to stay true to HIM.

  4. Sure there are Jon, The Lord is constantly giving us course corrections and disciplining us to stay on the right path. I am not a universalist, but I lean heavily on the side of massive grace well beyond our comprehension. However, I do not believe in eternal torment. To me that would violate the character of Christ and go against HIS core of being LOVE for us all.

  5. I don’t believe in ET either.

  6. "BK" permalink

    Great post, Christopher! I used to ponder II Corinthians 3:[18] But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”, wondering that it said we are changed AS we behold Him, not we get to behold Him because we changed. I found it as you so well said above. Jon, like Christopher, I am not one who appreciates titles but I will say this, I have been one who has been judged with flaming fire of vengeance in my own disobedience. Yep it hurt, yep it burned until the garbage was burnt up and then I found myself a bit freer. Just my perspective, “BK” PS We are passing your books out here behind the walls of Babylon and praying for the seed to sprout. Would appreciate prayer of those here! thanks a million.

    • Thanks for adding to our dialogue here BK. I have often pondered the same thing about that passage.

  7. Dan permalink

    I join you, brother.

  8. Excellent Dan, we are on quite a journey indeed.

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