“God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. There is no judgement against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son…….But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
John 3:17-18, 1 John 1:9
Sin, the acts, thoughts or words, done, intentionally or unintentionally, separate us from intimacy with God! Sin is bad. Yet tagged along with sin, sin’s ugly sister, trying to be elevated above God’s grace and forgiveness, is a word called condemnation. Both are equally not good, but it is condemnation that leaves us feeling like we will never be close to God again.
Friends, today is the day that we say NO to condemnation. There is liberating news. Paul says in Romans 8:1 that there is ‘NO CONDEMNATION’ for those in Christ Jesus. That is us. That is those who have confessed their sins, believe and accept God’s forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus’ sacrifice and those who believe that Jesus rose victoriously defeating the power of sin and death. Condemnation is a direct opponent to our walk with Jesus. We may sin, but if we confess our sins, as John says, then we are forgiven, completely. Condemnation tries to tell us otherwise. But we need to, in Jesus’ Name, silence that voice.
Don’t confuse condemnation for the Holy Spirit’s prompting and pointing out areas in our lives to repent of. This is God’s way to make us clean and holy. Yet when we confess those things, we are forgiven. Period. Jesus comes towards us waving the white flag of peace, not with the angry red army, charging towards you because you fell. No. Jesus comes in peace, in love and in grace. What a loving, forgiving God. He is faithful. He is just. He restores.
“So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know Him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:16-17
Isn’t it encouraging to know that in Christ, our old life has gone and a new life has begun! We are born again, new creations, with a new identity and purpose, not for sinful and worldly living but for Christ-like, Godly living. Jesus now, is no longer just a character from the Bible, or ‘theory’, He is our God, our Friend, and our King. We know Christ deeper than just through a humanistic point of view. We have a relationship with Him.
We can take courage that whatever our past, whatever our sins, Christ is ready to give us a new start. He is waiting patiently for us to turn to Him, to be transformed into His likeness. That is why we were created. We can rejoice in the fact, that our old lives have gone, and look forward to living a new life in Christ. This life has a purpose, and through the Spirit’s power in us, we can change the world for Him. We are His ambassadors, beacons and lighthouses, set apart for His good works, for His glory and His honour. What a change from our past lives right?!
Be encouraged. Your new life is here. God has a great plan for your life. Go and live it!