A 'clear' conscience & a 'clean' conscience:. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you." John 15:3 'Wrath' & 'Mercy':
'Wrath' & 'Mercy':
I stand under His wrath to stand in His mercy!
As it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." "Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips." "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes." Roms3:10-18
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?" Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, "Remove the filthy garments from him." And to him he said, "Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments." And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD was standing by. Zech 3:1-5
The work of Christ is complete and finished, it is
'perfectly perfect' and once for all!
But the Divine Exchange that takes place 'once & for all'
alsotakes place progressively!
"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you." John 16:12-15
The failure to distinguish between the 'work of Christ'
and the 'work of the Spirit'.
The 1st is 'finished'! the 2nd is still 'progressing'!
'For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now
I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been
fully known.' 1Cor 13:12
The 'outworking' of salvation in the Holy Spirit has the same character as the initial act of salvation through Jesus. Just as we stood in His judgment and the 'divine exchange' declared us 'not guilty', in the same way we work out our salvation by continuing to stand in His courts and that same 'divine exchange', with which we began the Christian walk, now progressively works out His salvation in us.
'Once saved, always being saved' - Salvation is a 'process'
as well as an event!
'For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.' Roms 5:10
"And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives."…… Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Heb 12:5-11
The Perfect and the still Imperfect live in tension:
'For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.' 2Cor 5:2-7
Where is the 'accent'?
Upon 'My Identity' or upon 'In Christ' ?
The foundation of 'Identity in Christ' is the cross - 'crucifixion':
Who we are 'in Christ' precedes who He is in me!
Salvation is not first about Christ coming into Me
but about me coming into Him! Eph 1: