“Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” -Galatians 2:16

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In today’s society there are circumstances within the legal system, where those who have been convicted may have their record expunged, erasing their trespass. Let us suppose for a moment that there is no such thing as a clean record and we all have broke the law. Let us further suppose that the judge and jury have found us guilty in the eyes of the state. Thus, we are criminals and now felons, unable to get jobs, or cross country boundaries. Our past haunts us, becoming a burden that we cannot be set free of.

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This doesn’t mean the law of the courts is wrong or bad, but rather the law, in our example, holds us accountable, shows our faults, and thereby we feel the burden of the condemned. This is much like where we are without Christ. We have a record of sins that cannot be expunged by the law, for the law emphasizes our shortcomings. To cross the boundary into the celestial country, we must be given a clean record, which, again, is impossible by the mere observance of the law, for prior we have already broken the covenant.

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This is what it is to live under wrath, and the justice of God. Yet, God has appointed a judge, His Son, in order that we may be cleansed of our record. The blood of Christ offers us a kind of diplomatic immunity, through which we are granted access into the Kingdom. In addition, because we are offered this immunity, we become diplomats and representatives for Christ. As long as we live in Christ Jesus our criminal actions are not counted against us, and unto Him we give all the glory. Amen.

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