One of the wonderful benefits of the saving work of Jesus is that past sin cannot stand against the believer because believers have had their trespasses forgiven and demonic authorities have been disarmed. Many believers do not walk in this liberation, but submit to and live under the power of sinful accusations.
As sure as Jesus’ hands and feet were physically nailed to the cross, so sure has the record of your sinful indebtedness to God been removed.
Paul wrote to believers who were struggling with this very issue the following:
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:13-15).
The debt of sin that you have accumulated because of your rebellion against God’s holy law and your own conscience that testifies against you each of which has separated you from God has been blotted out by God’s mercy in Christ. As sure as Jesus’ hands and feet were physically nailed to the cross, so sure has the record of your sinful indebtedness to God been removed.
Therefore when internal memories of past sin come to condemn you and depress you, quit looking at the sin and turn to Jesus who was crucified for it. When external demonic accusation assaults you, rest in the fact that Jesus has disarmed demons and the Devil. These accusations cannot stand in God’s court. The penalty for those sins has been paid. Satan is rendered powerless. The accusations are empty.
Jesus does not parade your sin before you or condemn you. Those feelings are not from him.
One of my favorite commentators, Peter O’Brien, writes the following in his commentary on Colossians:
“Those who had once been spiritually dead in their trespasses and sinful nature God had made alive. The Colossians had come to life with Christ who was dead and rose again…[God] had not only canceled the debt but also destroyed the document on which it was recorded. This he did by blotting out the bond with its damning indictment against us and nailing it to the cross when Christ died. Further, he stripped the principalities and power, who had kept us in their grip through their possession of this document, divesting them of their dignity and might. God exposed to the universe their utter helplessness leading them in Christ in his triumphal procession. He paraded these powerless ‘powers and principalities’ so that all the world might see the magnitutde of his victory.” (133)
Therefore when satanic powers parade your sin before you, rest assured that they have been paraded through the universe and shamed by Jesus. When your conscience rises to condemn you, count on the sin-canceling bloodied cross of Christ that shouts “no condemnation!” over you. Jesus does not parade your sin before you or condemn you. Those feelings are not from him. He cleanses you with his blood and covers you with his grace. The power of the death and resurrection of King Jesus has disarmed any power that attacks you via accusations and has wiped out the massive debt that would have crushed you.
Do not wallow in your sinfulness. Stand in Jesus’ grace.