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Overcoming Guilt & Shame - Lesson 06

by Pastor Bob Levins



Lesson Six

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You have an understanding of the following concepts.

1. Guilt 7. Born again (from above)
2. Shame 8. Righteousness
3. Humility 9. Justice
4. False humility 10. Mercy
5. Pride 11. Confession
6. Faith  

To "speak the same" as God, we have to see sin from His divine perspective.

God Man
All sin is equal Some sins are worse than others
All sin is a capital offense worthy of death Various consequences
All have sinned. Who are we to judge someone?
The heart of man is desperately wicked Mankind is essentially good
God has given us eternal laws Morality is relative
Sin has separated God from man God has to prove himself to man
Christ is the only path to the Father Many paths to God
Repentance, forgiveness, confession Be a good person
Sin required the death of God's Son No remedy necessary

The church has either consciously or unconsciously adopted the world's view of sin. It has transformed the church into a social club, focusing on satisfying the flesh.

True confession expands beyond the concept of sin alone. We must also "speak the same" as God on many biblical concepts. Confession of sin is God's solution for the concept of guilt.

Shame is dealt with by agreeing with God about who we are in Christ.

The Finished Work of Christ

The Incarnation: the embodiment of God the Son in human flesh as Jesus Christ.

Incarnation maintains that Jesus Christ is fully divine and fully human.

Jesus did not cease to be God as He walked the earth.

During His earthly sojourn, He voluntarily laid aside the practice of the fullness of His divinity.

Jesus emptied Himself in at least three different ways.
  1. He voluntarily accepted the limitations of being a human being.
  2. His glory was hidden from the people.
  3. He gave up the independent use of His relative attributes.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philipians 2:5-8

The utter transformation Christ experienced as a man.
  1. As an infant, He was utterly dependent on man for His survival.
  2. He ate food.
  3. He experienced hunger, thirst, pain, sorrow, fatigue, anguish.
  4. He experienced death as any human would have.
  5. The totality of the human experience was His.

The humanity of Jesus had to be complete in every way, or our salvation could not happen. This is why He had to be completely God and Man at the same time.

The impact of the death and resurrection of Christ on our lives.
  1. Took away the sins of the world. John 1:29 "Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
  2. Became our mediator before God. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
  3. He is our substitute. "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" 2 Cor 5:21
  4. Perfect sacrifice to satisfy God's justice and mercy. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30

Through the Cross
  1. We see the love of God for sinners.
  2. We see our value to God.
  3. We see the awful consequences of sin.
  4. We know the justice and mercy of God.

There is no way to please God beyond the work of His son.

Imputation of Righteousness

Imputation: to credit or ascribe (something) to a person.

God imputed our sins to Christ, who knew no sin. And God imputed his righteousness to us who had no righteousness of our own.

Romans 3:21-22, 28 - But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

2 Corinthians 5:21- He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Sin was imputed to Christ and righteousness was imputed to us.

When we feel shame, we must put our faith in the promise of the Word and work of Christ and not in the work of our flesh.

The perfect sacrifice has been made, and we can approach the throne of grace with confidence.

Divine Call In-Light of Imperfection
  1. God has called you. He will equip you and anoint you.
  2. If perfection were the requirement for public ministry, then all pulpits would be vacant.
  3. You are called to declare the works of Christ, not your accomplishments.
  4. God is glorified when He uses us despite our failures.
  5. There is a vast difference between struggling with the flesh and surrendering to it.

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