The Thought for the Week this week is written by Mandy Stinglehammer

by Susie Jean Sharkey


"but if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."  (1 John,1:9) 

I do not have a very logical mind, as my husband often reminds me!  But sometimes I start with a thought and others seem to build themselves round it, and it ends up making sense – to me anyway.  I hope it will to you too!

I had been thinking recently about the fact that we were created in God’s image.  I don’t know how the angels came about, but they were obviously at some point able to be corrupted (Isaiah, 14:12: Luke, 10:18)

Perhaps God wanted to test us to see if we also could be corrupted.  If we had passed the test we would have remained in His image.   He gave us free will, but we made the wrong choice.  It was a very real choice as He allowed the ensuing consequences of our failure, that  in our physical form corruption took hold and Satan is now the ruler of this world (althoughonly as long as God allows it). 

But God had a backup plan all along! 

When we are born again we receive His incorruptible nature.  It becomes part of us.  But in this life we also still have the corruptible part.  So when, despite our good intentions, we sin (1 John,1:8 . If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.), He knows our nature (Hebrews,4:15 . This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.), and if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  (1 John,1:9) 

We should not allow ourselves to enter into condemnation, but Instead rejoice that we have within us by the new birth that incorruptible nature of Christ (Romans,6:14), who overcame sin in His body on the cross.

And as redeemed hearts pour out praise and worship to Him, and Spirit led intercession for others, could it be that something of that eternal realm is transmitted into this corrupt world?