This little one is now 3 and a half years old. She is not who she used to be in so many ways! You won’t find her in this little chair anymore!
We were discussing some truths about Jesus and His gift of His righteousness to us the other night. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB) , Paul writes: He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
It is amazing to think that we give Jesus our sin, and He bears it ALL on the cross, and in return as we place our trust in Him, we are given His Righteousness. When God looked down at Jesus on the cross, He had to look away because of our sin, and His wrath, His punishment was given out to Jesus. We deserved that!!
It’s not fair! I am glad God doesn’t do things for whether they are “fair” or not. If it was fair, I would be on the cross.
But Jesus gives us His Righteousness, His goodness, His purity, His very person, so when God looks at us, He sees Jesus, He sees the Blood of Christ, and we receive His grace and mercy for all eternity! We truly have been made holy, saints. Yes we don’t always act the way we are. But God tells us repeatedly in His Word that He is going to present us holy and blameless in His presence. (Ephesians 1:3-4, 5:27; Colossians 1:27; Jude 24-25) He is going to finish the work He has begun. (Philippians 1:6)
After talking about some of these truths, we came up with some things to “take home”, to apply. One person, smiling, said, “Next time I sin, I will say that I am a Saint.” I thought for a moment, then realized what a great statement that would be. The fact that I realize I sin, gives me confirmation of God’s presence and conviction. I also realize that I am not the person that I used to be (2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:3-8), and I have a great desire to keep from sinning in that way again(Romans 7:14-25), and I can confess to Jesus, know that I am forgiven (1 John 1:9), and move on in dependence on Him (Galatians 5:16-26). It also brings me to a place of worship, thanking God for taking a sinner and making him into a saint, a child of God, indwelt by God Himself. (Ephesians 1:3; I Peter 2:9-10; Colossians 1:27)
Next time you sin, I pray that you will quickly be reminded that in Christ, you are a Saint! Let’s depend on the Spirit of God and live like the saints we are!