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Monday, May 07, 2012

Just as if...

Just as if we had never sinned. Can you begin to imagine what it would be like to be sinless? I know, me either. We spend a lot of time wrestling with guilt, don't we? I don't know a single Christian that doesn't. We read passages of scripture that say things like this:
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. Eph. 5:1

And what we usually walk away with is the obligation that we are supposed to be imitators of God. Yeah, of God. It becomes heavy and we feel we cannot do it. We feel like a failure all over again. We get wrapped up in what we feel we should do rather than what God has already done.

What we are really doing is ignoring the gospel. We are ignoring what Jesus has done for those who love Him. We forget that we are justified--changed, regenerated, made new--just as if we had never sinned!

We forget that we are beloved children to our God. We forget that the God of the entire universe chose us in Him before the foundation of the whole world. He predestined us for adoption!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  (Eph.1:3-6)

His disposition towards me is that of love--how could it be anything other?

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Propitiation = payment. Jesus paid it all and we can do nothing to add to it, but we live as if we think we can. We live in this place of fear that God is angry with us. We miss the gospel--the unspeakable gift of Christ on the cross.

God is not disappointed in us because we are in Christ.

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him Who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.  1 John 5:20

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  2 Corinthians 5:17

The old has passed away. We are His children, adopted as sons and daughters of God. This does not go away. This does not change. Christ took the penalty for ALL our sins--past, present, and future. He has paid the price because we cannot.

I rejoice in the gospel of God. Should we not wake up rejoicing that we have this gift? Yes!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes... Romans 1:16

And one day, we will perfectly live the life we ought to before the face of God--we will be imitators of God, as we ought to have been from the beginning of humanity. We will behold His glory. For now, we are being transformed, each and every day, for the glory of God. We are to live in the hope that is found in no other name--Jesus.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18

May you know Him. May you rejoice in the goodness and mercy that is the true saving gospel of Christ. It is all of Him, and none of me. Just as if I had never sinned.

4 comments:

Eunice said...

love this. so true.

Kara said...

*Love*!! Great post! Elyse is one of my very favorite authors! She puts it so well. And so do you!! Beautifully said.

Kenj said...

YES.

Charlotte said...

"It is all of Him and none of me."

Oh my, so very true.