… The agonizing sinners hears the words from the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
“I find no fault in this man,” cries the repenting heart.”It is my sin, my wretched heart worthy of death and eternal damnation, that deserves this vile and shameful death on the cross. How can it be that He dies for me?”
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chatisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5), whispers the comforting voice of the Holy Spirit. “Your sins have been judged by the suffering and death of God’s only Son.”
“To this man will I look even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word” (Isaiah 66:2) is the consolation given to the trembling heart, as it sinks in deep sorrow and remorse at the foot of the cross. Satan’s hold has been broken. A new heart is being formed, and peace is being given from Heaven by God the Father.
A NEW HEART
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). A perfect peace has been given. Redemption from a life of sin to a life of holiness has been effected. Confession has taken place and restitution has been made. The heart has been crucified to the world and its vain ways (Galatians 6:14). Now the indwelling Spirit; as dove, has come to guide this heart in to all truth (John 16:13). This heart desires and feeds on the sincere milk of the Word of God (1peter 2:2). The fruit of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness, and temperance is becoming evident in this heart (Galatians 5:22,23).
As the sheep are led by the shepherd, the new heart is led beside the still waters (Psalm 23). Discernment from the Holy Spirit enables the newborn Christian to distinguish between obedience and disobedience, both in his life and in the lives of his fellow men.