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.
Martin Luther, in his commentary on Galatians, shows a great understanding of the fact that our salvation includes salvation from the bondage of our conscience. It is, of course, natural and right that as we become Christians our consciences should become ever more tender. This is a work of the Holy Spirit. However, I should not be bowed down by my conscience year after year over sins that are past. When my conscience under the Holy Spirit makes me aware of a specific sin, I should at once call that sin sin and bring it consciously under the blood of Christ. Now it is covered, and it is not honoring to the finished work of Jesus Christ to worry about it, as far as my relationship to God is concerned. Indeed, to worry about it is to truly not understand the infinite value of the death of the Son of God. The true reality, the fact, is that my fellowship with God is restored.
Now there may be a price yet to pay for my sins in regard to the rules and laws of society; there may be a harm to individuals that I have to deal with. These things still have to be faced. We will consider this later. But as far as my fellowship with the Father is concerned, God says it is restored upon the basis of the value of the blood of Jesus Christ. And if his blood is of such a value as to bring a rebel and a sinner from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son at justification, what sin is so black that it cannot cover it?
As I consciously say ‘Thank you’ to God for a completed work, my conscience should come into rest. (con’t tomorrow)
Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc