Bible Study

Guilt And Forgiveness: Pleasing God | R. C. Sproul

(Updated: January 12th, 2022)

We are a guilt ridden people… what do you do with your guilt?” – R. C. Sproul

The work of accusationSatan torments the conscious of the believer.

Sproul makes it clear, we all have guilt. Believer or non-believer. We have “troubled consciousnesses.” As we grow, we become burdened from our experiences. “There is not a day we go by without sinning,” Sproul says. Guilt is a paralyzing force. Fear can freeze people.

Sproul covers Zechariah Ch. 3. Joshua, the high priest, is being accused of Satan. Joshua is in the presence of God and his clothes are filthy. – Sproul makes the point this dirtiness is a blemish on the calling of the high priest, which Satan is present to accuse Joshua of. The garments that God designed for glory and beauty of the priesthood, Joshua was in filthy garments.

Sproul makes the point that we are filthy when Christ bled on the cross and took the wrath of God for us.

There are two people who know about the skeletons in our closet…God and Satan.” – Sproul

God commands us in HIs word to know if we are redeemed or not. Sproul discusses the importance of understanding if you are in a state of grace or not, this helps us regarding guilt.
See also: Assurance of Salvation (Just Thinking, Darrel Harrison & Virgil Walker), Valentine’s Gift – Salvation Is Found In Christ

“Justification in Christ brings peace with God – which is access with His presence,” Sproul says. People who have the peace of God have a freedom. But those who are unsure are tossed to and fro, crippled in their spiritual pilgrimage, Sproul points out.

Some other points and answers Sproul gives:

  • What is part of the role of the Holy Spirit?
  • What is the difference between accusation of Satan and conviction of the Holy Spirit?
  • What is Satan’s goal?
  • What is the connection between guilt and objective and subjective truth?
  • What is the connection between forgiveness from God and objectivity?
  • What does Satan do with our feelings?

See also: Should We Use Our Emotions As Truth? | What Is Emotionalism?

All the more reason, Sproul points out, we need to be familiar with the Bible because faith comes from hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Check Out: Guilt And Forgiveness by R. C. Sproul

Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) Romans 5:08, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

*To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) 
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

Community Prayer December ’21

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Luke 11_39-40, careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside_

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