At present, we are working with the light of truth presented by Dr. Francis Schaeffer from his book True Spirituality where we are discussing the basic considerations of the Christian life, or true Christianity.
Continuing… We are speaking of Restoration: the blood of Christ has meaning for me in my present life when I have fallen and my peace is gone. Restoration must be first upon the understanding of what Christ has done for us in this area, and then beginning to practice this moment by moment. It is not a mechanical process; the meaning of the work of Christ in our present life is to be consciously acted upon. But the base is the finished work of Christ in history.
How glad we should be for Christ’s story of the Prodigal Son. Here is one who is a son and yet has gone deeply into sin, down into the mire. Scripture makes it plain that he has not just sinned a little, even in the world’s view of sin. He has sinned the ‘big’ sins. Yet the father stands waiting when the prodigal returns, his arms ready to close about him. The blood of Christ can cleanse the darkest sin. There is no sin so great that our fellowship cannot be restored, if we humbly call it sin and, through faith, bring that specific sin under the blood of Christ. When my heart condemns me and cries ‘You have done it again,’ I am to believe God again as to the value of the finished work of Christ. There must be death, we have seen, before there can be resurrection. But on the basis of the victory of Christ, resurrection should follow death. The Christian life never ends on the negative. There is a negative, because man is a rebel. But it does not end there; it always goes on to the positive. As my body will one day be raised from the dead, so I am meant to live a resurrected life now.
Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc