Everyone You See Is Innocent!!!

April 22, 2017 at 11:02 PMTony
The finished work of Christ on the Cross has made everyone innocent. (And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1John 2:2 KJV). And yes, this includes all those people you have the greatest difficulty with.
Well, you could say, they don't act innocent. Well, maybe that's because nobody has told them this amazingly good news. Come on you evangelists!!
This also includes everyone in prison. Isaiah 61 says (among many good things) that the captives/prisoners will be set free. When Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns in prison the prison doors flew open and everyone's chains came loose (Acts 16:25,26).
Isaiah 61v11 says "For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
I have a vision of England (and the world). Millions of grey figures turning brilliant yellow/white one by one and shouting "I am righteous" just like oranges turning orange on orange trees.
Declaring "I am innocent", "I am innocent", "I am innocent", "I am innocent", one by one as they get it. Just like the slaves declared "I am Spartacus" in the film of the same name.
The fields are white unto the harvest. Come on you evangelists. But not to be gathered into the churches. To be gathered into the kingdom. They are in the kingdom as soon as they get it.

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A forgiveness prayer that works (for me anyway)

September 21, 2014 at 2:09 AMTony
I have had issues with teaching about forgiveness. Basically because they seem to get away from the all-sufficiency of Christ and the Cross. The teaching of Watchman Nee on this has blessed me (see previous post). The prayer he recommends is
"Lord, I cannot love and I give up trying, but I count on Thy perfect love. I cannot forgive, but I trust Thee to forgive instead of me, and to do so henceforth in me."

A prayer that I think the Lord has given me is
"Lord Jesus, I give to you all those I have hurt or harmed in any way in this life. I give to you all those who have hurt or harmed me. And I ask that I now be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit".

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Why doesn't God do something?

January 18, 2014 at 1:54 PMTony

We are totally forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ. God not only forgives but forgets our sins. All because of Christ who took the punishment for us. The thing is He took the punishment for everyone else as well. I would like God to do something about those who've hurt me, who've abused me, who've treated me unjustly. Maybe those I've wronged and badly hurt feel the same. But how can He? To do so would be to say that the Cross was not enough.

What He can do though, through the Holy Spirit, is to totally and completely heal our wounds. And we can become like Him and 'keep no record of wrongs' and be part of the 'ministry of reconciliation'. We can be like 'our Father in heaven who makes the sun shine on the good and bad alike'.

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My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father

September 27, 2013 at 11:08 AMTony

Our advocate is Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 

Suppose you owed a lot of money, say £100,000 (That's a lot for me but choose your own amount). And suppose you had a rich and powerful friend who paid it off for you and also paid extra, say £200,000.

Now suppose your former creditor comes to you and says you owe them money. Will you not got to your friend and say "Didn't you pay that back for me?". What will your rich and powerful friend do? Will he not go to your former creditor and say "I paid that back and more besides. Get out of here and do not show your face again." Or words to that effect.

Jesus has paid (and more than paid) for all our sins past, present, and future no matter how bad they were. If Satan or anyone he's working through tries to tell you otherwise take it straight to the Father and say "Weren't all my sins paid for by Jesus through the Cross?".

I think I might take my own advice and try this myself.

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We're in the forgiveness and reconciliation business but we're the employees not the owner

July 27, 2013 at 5:41 PMTony

I still struggle with people laying down the law saying "You have to forgive". Yes, but Jesus also says His yoke is easy and His burden light. He's the boss. And He is also the empowerer - the one who enables us to do in the New Covenant what we couldn't do in the Old. We failed in the Old so it's only by His power and grace we can succeed in the New. Especially since the standards are even higher in the New. Watchman Nee said to pray like this "Lord, I cannot love and I give up trying, but I count on Thy perfect love. I cannot forgive, but I trust Thee to forgive instead of me, and to do so henceforth in me." (see previous post).

Yes, we are in the forgiveness and reconciliation business.  As the Body we have been given "the ministry of reconciliation: that God is reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them." (2Cor 5:19 NIV). I believe that forgiveness is primarliy the business of the Body not of the individual.

As far as individual forgiveness is concerned - because of Jesus it's a done deal - even though we are still working it out. Because of Jesus all my sins are forgiven and I have forgiven everyone who has ever hurt or harmed me.

In the Lord's prayer in Luke 11:4 (NIV) it says "Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us." This is prophetic - a done deal. Where the Lord's prayer is recited as "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us" the word as is to be read as 'because' not as 'when'. This is how as was commonly used even when I was young. Once again prophetic - a done deal.

Satan is always trying to get us to move from the ground of Christ's complete and total victory. Don't let him whether it comes from outside or inside the Church. In fact Paul says "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!" (Galatians 1:8 NIV)

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It is clear at last

December 19, 2012 at 5:20 PMTony

This is a prayer of Watchman Nee's about how to deal with a brother that you keep trying to get along with and love but it never works out. I think it's adaptable (in my case and maybe yours) to certain people I may have to see in the course of family events.

"Lord, it is clear to me at last that in myself I cannot love him (her, them) at all; but I know now that there is a life within me, the life of Thy Son, and that the law of that life is to love. It cannot but love him (her, them)."

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Forgiveness

November 16, 2012 at 6:29 PMTony

Let me be clear in the light of the previous post that forgiveness is available to anyone no matter what we've done through the work of Jesus on the cross.

Paul gave a list in this scripture "Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Cor:9-10 NIV"  I don't think that was meant to be a complete list.

Add to it "Those who have abortions, are paedophiles, are wife-beaters, are thieving politicians, are sexually promiscuous, etc."

But Paul goes on: "And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1Cor:11 NIV"

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