Release from guilt

Man is born of God. He belongs to God. He is preserved by God. Because of these irreversible facts, the real man is sinless. And because John discerned this fact, he could write, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." I John 3:9;

As we grasp man's unalterable relationship to God, the truth of our pure, innocent being, we are lifted out of the belief that man is a sinner—that is, we abandon sinful acts, are purified of the traits that produce them, and are free of the guilt and punishment they incur. It is the Christ that reveals spiritual man's perfection. And it is the Christ that initiates a spiritual regeneration enabling us to outgrow this false human concept of man as evil, as a wrongdoer.

But on a very practical level, how do we deal with the effects of sin—guilt, for example—as we abandon wrongdoing and reach for the demonstration of man's sinlessness?

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December 15, 1980

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