05 Jan Unconditional Surrender
Some of you remember the confession of a famous baseball player admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs in the 90s. Good for him. He came clean. But he spoiled it by also adding he was sure they had nothing to do with his power hitting that broke records. Excuse me. I put high performance gas in my car but it has nothing to do with its smooth operation? This is like Eve saying to God, “Yes, Lord, I did eat the fruit. But it had nothing to do with my knowledge of good and evil. I would have gained that knowledge anyway via my naturally intelligent mind.”
Confessions with qualifications rarely work. On judgment day confessions with qualifications will not be accepted. When Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox the surrender was unconditional. When the Japanese surrendered on the USS Missouri to close WWII the surrender was unconditional. Our confessions to our heavenly Father have to be a full confession with no reservations regarding circumstances. When one stops and thinks about it, it would be insulting to God for us to try and explain. He was there. He saw it. He also understood our hearts and the hearts of everyone involved. What possible explanation could we give that He would not already understand?
The best thing we can do is to throw ourselves before Him as contrite sinners who need His mercy. Now that I have said that I need also say, once done, we as sons and daughters of the living God can come boldly before the throne of grace with full rights of inheritance in the Kingdom. Please See Galatians 4, Romans 8 and Hebrews 4:16. The more I understand about this the more exciting it gets.
Written by Roger Bothwell on January 13, 2010
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