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The Foundation of Jesus Christ
Lesson 9

How is a sinner spiritually restored?

Psalms 51 is the perfect prayer to use as we contemplate our transgressions and prepare our hearts to approach Jesus to ask his forgiveness. These words spoken by David to the LORD GOD are specifically relevant and useful as a guide for the words that should be spoken by the sinning Christian to Jesus Christ. Psalms 51 is a pattern for our personal prayer to Jesus to ask forgiveness for our sins, and it also highlights our desire for a quick restoration to spiritual joy and a right spirit.



REMEMBER - A called or chosen person that is washed clean of sin by the blood of Jesus Christ no longer has sin. The shed blood of our Savior covers a believer completely and makes him as righteous as Jesus Christ to the LORD GOD.

If a called or chosen person does a sin not covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, (a deliberate act of sinning for example), with proper repentance of the sin, a called or chosen person’s sin can be forgiven on earth by Jesus. Sins 006 focuses on the required efforts necessary to obtain forgiveness and spiritual restoration after doing a sin not covered by the blood of Jesus.

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Psalms 32:5 AV)
142. Sin must be acknowledged to Jesus to obtain his forgiveness.

David acknowledged his sin to the LORD GOD because he was under the first testament. We acknowledge our sin to Jesus Christ, because we are covered under the new testament, and Jesus was given the power to forgive sins on earth.

143. If a Christian, washed clean of sin by the blood of Jesus, chooses to do a sin, he is doing a If a morally evil act.

A Christian that walks closely with Jesus is devastated to find themselves doing an evil act of sin. One of the first mistakes made by the sinning Christian is to attempt to justify that sin as one of innocence or weakness of soul. It is so imperative that when a Christian sins, that the sin is acknowledged within themselves and to Jesus Christ as a morally evil act, and not attempt to hide behind the sin as being somehow lessoned or insignificant because of their spiritual position.

When David acknowledged his sin (Psalms 32:5) to the LORD GOD, he also acknowledged that it was an evil act that he could have hid within, but chose not to do so. As a result, the LORD GOD forgave both David's sin and the evilness producing it.

<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.>> Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. (Psalms 51:1-19 AV)

Psalms 51 is the perfect prayer to use as we contemplate our transgressions and prepare our hearts to approach Jesus to ask his forgiveness. These words spoken by David to the LORD GOD are specifically relevant and useful as a guide for the words that should be spoken by the sinning Christian to Jesus Christ. Psalms 51 is a pattern for our personal prayer to Jesus to ask forgiveness for our sins, and it also highlights our desire for a quick restoration to spiritual joy and a right spirit.

Let's break up this scripture block into sentences for a deeper understanding...
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. (Psalms 51:1 AV)
144. As a sinner, you should ask Jesus for mercy based on his loving kindness.

When you ask for mercy in this way, you are asking Jesus to favor your petition because he loves you and is kind.

One of many misconceptions held by many people participating in Christian religion is that forgiveness comes automatically to a repentant sinner. That type of belief gives the believer a superiority over Christ. If a Christian thinks he has an entitlement for forgiveness, then Christ becomes that believer's servant, and forgives on cue when it is demanded. That belief is wrong and a terrible insult to Jesus Christ. The belief of automatic forgiveness keeps a Christian's spiritual growth from being perfected, as well as causing many believers to backslide through justification.

It is vitally important that when you have sinned, that you separate yourself into a private place, open the Holy Bible to Psalms 51, and began to read out loud. You should feel the words, understand their meanings deeply, and know with unwavering faith that the Lord Jesus Christ can hear your plea and has the power (but not the obligation) to forgive you of your sins. If Jesus forgives your sin, it is because of his mercy and loving kindness.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalms 51:2 AV)
145. After your sin is forgiven by Jesus, a dirtiness from the iniquity remains in you. Jesus and the Holy Spirit have that ability to restore you to a clean, pure and righteous state through Christ’s power of forgiveness.

Asking for a cleansing from the remaining dirt of sin is a separate act from asking for forgiveness and crucial to you being restored to righteousness.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. (Psalms 51:3 AV)
146. You must include an acknowledgment of transgression with your request for forgiveness of sin.

Transgression means "revolt" and "rebellion". It is an act of deliberate rebellion when a you do a sin and should not be clouded with a declaration of innocence.

147. When you acknowledge transgression, you should include an admittance that the temptation to sin is constantly present.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. (Psalms 51:4 AV)
148. You must realize that the sin is your fault and no one else. Once this realization is faced, you must give the true facts to Jesus.

Jesus is entitled to respect. He knows that you transgress on your own. He knows, because he has seen the evil that you have done. If you try to complicate the acknowledgement of sin, by bringing in superfluous chatter and petty blame, you are attempting to confuse Jesus when he makes judgment. Jesus knows all about your sin, and to pretend that something different happened, fails to justify Christ’s knowledge. Simply put, if you sin, admit it fully to Jesus and take responsibility and blame for your transgression. Honor Jesus with the clear and concise truth, and allow him to reach judgment without having to endure your “game playing”.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5 AV)
149. All people were first formed in the womb with sin. At the moment of conception, sin entered your body. To acknowledge this reminds you that you are not righteous on your own, but are required to have the Savior Jesus Christ to achieve and maintain holiness.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. (Psalms 51:6 AV)
150. Jesus wants you to be true and stable in your thought processes. Once you are able to achieve this, Jesus can put wisdom inside your mind, and enable perfection in spiritual growth.

To achieve truth and stability in thought processes requires you to honestly face and evaluate each situation with the same criteria each time. The standard for judging things within your mind cannot change to fit a situation. For example, if you judge an action in others as wrong, but are able to justify that same action as being acceptable in your case, then a different standard of judgment is used.

If you do not have a true and stable thought process, Jesus cannot put wisdom into you. The requirements for wisdom are truth and stability, and you should strive for that even when you are admitting your weak and shameful sins to Christ.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalms 51:7 AV)
151. You must faithfully believe that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are able to cleanse and wash you from the dirtiness of sin, and restore you to a righteous and holy state.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. (Psalms 51:8 AV)
152. When you sin, the joy and gladness of your soul goes away. You are left with intense emotions of shame, and are no longer able to rejoice. Ask Jesus to restore the joy and gladness that was removed by your sin when you are praying for forgiveness.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. (Psalms 51:9 AV)
153. Ask Jesus to forget your sin, and bring it to his mind no more.

Once you have been forgiven of your past sin, it is important not to dwell on it and bring it up continuously. Why remind Jesus of your inequity again, when he has forgotten it through his forgiveness? A vicious cycle of “sin remembrance” can result in the crippling a Christian to the point of backslide, and is totally unnecessary. If Jesus has forgiven your sin, he has forgotten it. You must forgive yourself and forget the conquered sin so you can move on to greater spiritual growth.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10 AV)
154. A clean heart and renewed right spirit allows you to forgive yourself and move on. Jesus and the Holy Spirit can restore a new beginning to you, if you have the faith to accept it.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (Psalms 51:11 AV)
155. Jesus can remove his and the Holy Spirit’s presence from you as a result of your continuing sin. When asking for forgiveness, ask him to allow his presence and the Holy Spirit presence to remain with you.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:12 AV)
156. Ask Jesus to restore your joy of his salvation. This indicates to him that you recognize that He is your Savior and that you want to feel the joy of his deliverance.

157. Ask Jesus to uphold you with his free spirit. This is asking him to be generous with his presence and keep you from falling into sin.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psalms 51:13 AV)
158. Once you gain a deep understanding of the ways of Jesus Christ concerning the forgiveness of sin and spiritual restoration, you are in a position to help change the ways of other Christian sinners seeking spiritual restoration.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. (Psalms 51:14 AV)
159. You should pray to Jesus to deliver you from blood guiltiness, and be joyous that Christ's righteousness allows you to escape the grasp of sin beyond your control.

Bloodguiltiness is the sin resulting from things of your past, your heritage, your upbringing, your DNA and genetics, your mortality, your morality, which creates "sin" through the "blood of others". It is behavior, condition, or action that you had no direct control over when it was established, but causes you to sin unawares.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalms 51:15-17 AV)
160. Jesus wants us to offer him a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart for our sins.

If we do not truly feel sorry the sins we do, we are not in a position to ask for forgiveness. Should we come to Jesus without a broken spirit and heart, we are mocking his power to forgive and suggesting he has an “obligation” to forgive instead. We are also guilty of mockery if we try to institute some other sacrifice other than a broken spirit and heart. These actions will cause Jesus to despise us.

The point of this study is this: Forgiveness is just the first step to spiritual restoration.

If you ask for forgiveness of your sins by Jesus, but do not have the faith to support his act, you will still be guilty of your sin.

If you ask for forgiveness, but fail to request a cleansing, you will be forgiven but remain dirty. You cannot be holy while you are dirty.

If you ask for forgiveness for a sin that you have not fully acknowledged to yourself, only that which is true can be forgiven. The sin continues to hang on.

We can go on and on. So many variant conditions can exist to confuse and prevent spiritual restoration following a sin. To be forgiven of a sin by Jesus is crucial for spiritual restoration, however we must realize that this is just the first step. Once sin has entered into us, damage is done that must also be taken care of. The damage caused by sin is not healed by forgiveness. It is healed by the direct touch and effort of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Spiritual restoration requires an active participation by you, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and it can never be taken for granted.

Jesus has the power on earth to forgive your sins. As a result of this power, he has the ability, with the Holy Spirit, to spiritually restore you from the damaged and dirty state of sin. Their ability to do this depends solely on your ability to allow it. To allow spiritual restoration requires you to face your sin truthfully, rationally, and deliberately, and to submit to the process that Jesus has revealed to us through this study based on Psalms 51.

REVIEW:

Your Prayer of Forgiveness for Spiritual Restoration should include the following actions:

1) Have true remorse for your sin with a broken spirit and contrite heart (160)
2) Make acknowledgement of your sin (142, 143)
3) Request for mercy from Jesus based on his loving kindness (144)
4) Request for cleansing from the dirtiness your sin (145)
5) Acknowledge your deliberate rebellion as a cause of your sin (146)
6) Acknowledge that the temptation to sin is always present (147)
7) State the facts of your sin truthfully, without blaming other things (148)
8) Know you cannot be righteous on your own, but require Jesus Christ to be holy (149)
9) Be truthful and stable in thought process, and present your sin rationally (150)
10) Have faith Jesus and Holy Spirit can wash you of sin, and restore holiness (151)
11) Request the joy and gladness in your soul to be restored (152)
12) Request Jesus forget your sin, and bring it no more to his mind (153)
13) Request Jesus and Holy Spirit give you a clean heart and renewed right spirit (154)
14) Request Jesus allow his and the Holy Spirit’s presence to remain with you (155)
15) Request Jesus restore your joy of his deliverance (156)
16) Request Jesus and Holy Spirit be generous with presence to protect from sin(157)
17) Promise to teach other Christians, the ways of Jesus for spiritual restoration (158)
18) Request Jesus deliver you from blood guiltiness to escape sin that is not yours (159)



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MLA Style Citation:
McFarland, Kathy L. and Joanne Holstein. "How is a sinner spiritually restored?." The Foundation of Jesus Christ Jan 2004.   <http://www.guidedbiblestudies.com/001sin6.htm>.

APA Style Citation:
McFarland, Kathy L. and Joanne Holstein. (2004, January) "How is a sinner spiritually restored?." The Foundation of Jesus Christ Retrieved   from http://www.guidedbiblestudies.com/001sin6.htm

Chicago Style Citation:
McFarland, Kathy L. and Joanne Holstein (2004) "How is a sinner spiritually restored?." The Foundation of Jesus Christ (January), http://www.guidedbiblestudies.com/001sin6.htm (accessed )


About the Authors

Kathy L. McFarland is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from Liberty University, and is currently seeking her Master of Divinity (Professional Ministries Track) degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary & Graduate School. Kathy is a noted expert on Old Testament exegesis, Christian apologetics, and Bible typology and mysteries.

Joanne B. Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies teacher and author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Christian Counseling with honors from Liberty University. She is well-known as a counsleor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on the history of development of the Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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