Innocent!

You are no longer the person who sinned!

By Grantley Morris


This webpage assumes you have undergone a spiritual transformation so radical that it is appropriately called being born again. This, the most thrilling and significant experience known to humanity, is so misunderstood that millions walk past it, never imagining the wonders they are missing. If you are unsure about this, it is important to bookmark this page and go straight to You Can Find Love.

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You are a new creation (you could almost say a new species)

Your old guilt-ridden self is dead and buried. Thatís the most wonderful news anyone could hear! Gleefully devour the Scriptures that make this announcement to the world! You are a totally different person to the one who sinned. Just as you are utterly innocent of the sins of another person, so you are innocent of your past sins. The devil has no more right to accuse you for Charles Masonís or Jack the Ripperís sins than for your past sins.

2 Corinthians 5:17 declares you to be a new creation Ė a totally new person Ė because of what Christ has done. The old you has vanished. The person who was defeated, the person who sinned, the person who didnít radiate the beauty of Christ, is dead. You are someone new, a completely different person to the one who, like all of us outside of Christ, had reason to feel ashamed.

Satan could accuse you as much as he liked for Hitlerís sin or Fred Nerkís folly, but the accusations would be meaningless. You would ignore them because you know youíre not Hitler or Fred Nerk. Likewise, he can accuse as much as he likes the person you once were, but you can ignore it. That person is dead. Itís not you. It was someone else who did those shameful things. You have a whole new identity. The new you, the person you now are, is pure and holy and righteous and filled with the beauty of God; a prince or princess Ė a child of the King of kings Ė heir to the riches of God, someone in whom God delights and is proud of.

No one likes being slandered and that is what Satan is trying with you, but itís a case of mistaken identity. Satan is accusing the wrong person. The person heís accusing is dead and buried with Christ. Just ignore him.

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When the Accuser knocks, heís at the wrong address!

Imagine youíve just moved into a new apartment. It so happens that the previous tenant died after foolishly amassing a huge debt. The day after moving in, thereís a knock on the door. Itís a debt collector claiming you owe quarter of a million dollars. ĎYouíve got the wrong person,í you tell him.

ĎI was given this address,í he replies.

ĎMaybe so, but Iím not the person who owes the money.í

ĎNo, this is the address, alright!í

ĎThe person you want is dead!í

ĎLook! Iíll bring the full weight of the law down on you!í

ĎPlease do!í you reply. ĎThe law will prove Iím not the person you claim I am.í

Suppose this goes on day after day. Each time you could slam the door in his face and refuse to listen to his groundless accusations. Or you could choose to waste hours every day arguing with him. Or you could meekly listen to all his insults and foolishly begin to believe him. No alternative would be entirely pain-free. And none of them would change the fact that you are innocent. But clearly some responses would be far more upsetting and disruptive to your life than others.

This, of course, describes your situation, and that of every Christian. You live at the same address as the guilty person Ė your body. But the person living at that address is a new tenant. No matter who comes knocking at your door, the law (of God) is always on your side. God pronounces you innocent. Itís up to you how much you let the Accuser annoy you. You wonít be able to stop him knocking at your door, but itís your choice whether you keep ignoring him or invite him in and give weight to his lies. Either way, you are still innocent, but why put yourself through unnecessary torment?

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The old you died with Christ - Galatians 2:20

So the old you, the person who had reason to feel dirty, ashamed and inferior, is dead. Christ now lives in you Ė Christ in all His beauty and purity and perfection; Christ in all his goodness, splendor and favor with God. A little girl, when asked how she dealt with temptation, said that when the devil knocks, she sends Jesus to the door. Thatís what you can do. Christ has taken up residence within you. The previous tenant is dead. Christ now lives at your address. You donít even have to worry about trying to forgive yourself, because the real you, the person you now are in Christ, never did anything that needed forgiveness. The old you, the person who needed forgiveness, no longer exists.

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You have been born again - John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:3;23

Sadly, overuse of the term born again has sapped this mind-boggling expression of its power. It is such an astounding concept as to be almost beyond our powers of intellect to grasp. What more powerful way could there be to convey the fact that, spiritually, you have no past? You werenít even born when the things your mind accuses you of took place! You canít get any more innocent than that! What a miracle! What a display of love, for God to do that for you!

If the sins that haunt you happened after you were born again, donít be disturbed. Once repented of, later sins, like surgically removed tumors, are no longer a part of you. They are a dead issue, a non-event, consigned to the same fate as pre-conversion sins; wiped from heavenís data banks. (As you keep following the main link at the bottom of each page you will discover entire webpages devoted to reassuring you about sins committed after conversion.)

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Maintaining the breakthrough

God has promised you everything mentioned in this webpage, but he never promised you would feel it. Father God expects his children to place their confidence not in their fickle feelings, but in the integrity of the one who lifts the sun each morning. The Christian religion is rightly called the Christian Faith. Faith is paramount.

When Jesus successfully resisted every temptation hurled at him in the wilderness, Scripture says Satan left him, not for forever, but for a while (Luke 4:13). Through Jesus, we too, can have spectacular victories over Satan and he will withdraw, for a while. Heíll skulk into his hole to lick his wounds, but heíll be back. Thatís not because of any inadequacy in you. He did the same with Jesus. When the battle returns, youíll need to rush to these webpages to once again take your fill of Scriptureís liberating truths with which to resist the awful, deceptive feelings and accusations heíll try to land on you. Below are more webpages on the same theme. You might not need them now, but print them off in readiness for when the battle returns.

I also suggest you pamper yourself by regularly reading the following Scripture:

    Romans 6:3 Or donít you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (4) We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (5) If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. (6) For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin Ė (7) because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. (8) Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (9) For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. (10) The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. (11) In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (12) Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

    Thereís Still More: Discovering the Ecstasy of a Squeaky Clean Conscience

    Warning: These Pages Wonít Help Everyone

    Some people terrified about being unforgivable just need Bible-based reassurance or an explanation of a disturbing Scripture. If vast amounts of rational support and biblical exposition are the answer, keep following the links. Many Christians, however, presume this is what they need but it turns out that no amount of biblical proof or sound, theological argument or even spectacular spiritual experience can put their minds to rest. If you have already sought much help but worries keep resurfacing, you most likely need a totally different approach. You should skip these pages (you can return later if you wish) and go straight to Scrupulosity.

    Not to be sold. © Copyright, 1997, Grantley Morris. Not to be copied in whole or in part without citing this entire paragraph. Many more compassionate, inspiring, sometimes hilarious writings by Grantley Morris available free at the following internet site www.net-burst.net Freely you have received, freely give.


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