Is a Christian to feel guilt when he sins? Some say “No” pointing out the scripture that says the devil is our accuser (Rev. 12:10) and Rom 8:1 which says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” However, the rest of that scripture in King James, is often overlooked “…who walk not after the flesh , but after the Spirit.” (A more comfortable translation of the Bible leaves it off.) Wouldn’t there be condemnation for those who walk after the flesh? Since God corrects those he loves (Pr. 2:12), it is reasonable to assume that one cannot sin with reckless disregard.
It might be that we have some difference in interpretation of the word “condemnation.” I like the word “rebuke” better. But whatever you call it, a Christian cannot be comfortable in his/her sin. The Holy Spirit residing within teaches, guides, rebukes, maybe makes living a bit thorny for a while, giving you a chance to go to Jesus in repentance for strength to do better. Do you call that guilt? I do. I know when I have done wrong and I do feel bad (guilt) until I repent of my sin. Thankfully, Christ Jesus still makes intercession for me. He’s the Mediator, the Intercessor.
Why does he intercede for us if we don’t continue needing forgiveness for our sins? That’s not the “new” gospel regarding law and grace. I am not taking from his grace. His grace is the reason I can be forgiven. I just don’t believe I can support a gospel that says that when I am forgiven, I am not under “law” so I can do my own thing and his grace has covered it.
BUT ONCE A PERSON RECEIVES FORGIVENESS FOR HIS SIN, HE SHOULD NOT CONTINUE FEELING GUILTY!
GOD HAS CAST THAT SIN INTO THE SEA OF FORGETFULNESS AS FAR AWAY AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST.
Next question? Since I believe the blood of Jesus redeems one from sin and does away with the old nature and replaces it with his nature, can I still sin? If I can and do, why?
Three reasons – I will get to them later.