21 Days of the Spirit: Day 15

16 May

Staying in Stain Free

Sin is a problem.

Sin is the the problem.

Sin is the reason why we need to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and it is a lot more than just our act of disobedience. Sin is both our act of willful obedience to a known law of God (John Wesley’s definition), but it is also a deep rooted corruption of our human nature. So we confess our sins – our acts of willful disobedience – and God forgives us, but we still need the work of the Holy Spirit to clean us up and root out all of the stain of sin. This is what Gordon Fee calls the “staying in” part of salvation. The Holy Spirit both regenerates us at the beginning of our salvation, that act “gets us in,” and he also continue to purify us of sin’s stain.

David understood the depth of sin’s power. Listen to the passion in his voice, when David prayed this psalm.

Psalm 51
[1] Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.

[2] Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

[3] For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

[4] Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.

[5] Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

[6] Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

[7 ]Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

[8] Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

[9] Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

[10] Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

[11] Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

[12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

[13] Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

[14] Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

[15] O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

[16] You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

[17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

[18] In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

[19] Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Five times David asks to be cleaned, cleansed or washed. The stain of sin is an awful enemy to fight. The Holy Spirit comes to do what David asked for. I join him in this prayer – come Holy Spirit and clean me out so I can stay in!

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Posted by on May 16, 2006 in Theology



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