I was recently asked:
If we are not under condemnation anymore how does this relate to guilt (feelings) we often get, in other words can we live 100% guilt free as believers? And if so how?
Guilt is the assessment of condemnation against the sinner for his deeds, but from which we have been freed through Christ. For our old man, our sinner-hood, has been done away with in Christ's death. As to the feelings associated with guilt, we are the ones who insist on living in them. Now, I am not suggesting that we learn how to dull our senses so that we no longer feel guilty, but that we find our standing in the one who has done away with both the cause of sin, as well as with the sinner. You see, real freedom in Christ has nothing to do with pretending, rather it demands the doing away of the pretense that has plagued us regarding sin and guilt.
Religious Christianity has so twisted how we hear the words of truth that we have been tripped up by the deceptions they warn against. The freedom those words testify to demand a totally new perception, that is, a perception that matches the newness of the resurrected life to which we have been called. For we have received new eyes and ears through the spirit of Christ who is in us. Guilt, along with the attached feelings, makes no sense to the life that is now ours. Yet because we keep listening to the lie that tells us we must yield to the same old perceptions we learned in this world, we often do not hear the totality of the freedom that is being testified to from within our own beings.
Instead, we get caught up in the insanity of the fleshly mind as it attempts to reason its way around guilt feelings without doing away with the cause. While it might seem as if this is what has been preached by many Christian denominations, the truth is that this insanity has been incorporated into the religious Christian framework. Freedom from sin as well as the denial of that freedom sit harmoniously side by side spinning like an airplane propeller: two opposing forces that must remain equally balanced to keep the well-oiled machine flying. The demand of real freedom in Christ sends those caught up in this delicately-balanced, Christian yin-yang kind of belief system into a tail-spin. Thank God for the crash and burn that leaves no room for argument as we stand looking at the dead corpse that is no longer us. For that is where freedom from sin and guilt finds its true meaning.