The magic word is GRACE.
I read many blog posts and books about how Christians should be passionate and devoted to overcoming sin and walking righteously, but they don’t seem to grasp from the scriptures that we are already righteous in Christ, that we are already holy, that we have been made holy once for all, that we have been made perfect forever (Hebrews 10:14), that we have died to sin (Romans 6), or that we have been freed from sin, that we cannot sin (1 John 3:9) and that, even if we do sin God doesn’t count it against us (2 Cor 5:19) because His promise is ‘I will remember their sins no more,’ (Hebrews 10:17) and ‘Blessed are those whose sin the Lord will not count against them.’ (Psalm 32:1 / Romans 4:8).
The truth is – and this is the majesty of the gospel – the good news really is too good to be true:
We have been forgiven all of our sins past, present and future. We cannot sin anymore in God’s eyes. We have been given the righteousness of Christ, through faith, and by grace (Ephesians 2:8 + Romans 5:1 + 3:23).
We are already holy. Already perfect. This is what scripture teaches. Christ’s sacrifice was good enough to cleanse us once for all.
Our righteousness, our holiness, doesn’t depend on what we do or don’t do (thank God!) but depends on what Christ has done for us.
We have been made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ once for all.
Whatever we do, however badly we mess up, however dreadful our sin, there is, as Paul says, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
He will never punish us for our sin, because Christ took our punishment for us once, for all.
So let’s stop punishing each other and ourselves when we mess up, because Christ has paid the price, once for all.
We are righteous because of Him.
Nothing to do with what we do.
It is the gift of God.
“Not of yourselves,” says Paul, “So no one can boast.”
We are holy. Let’s enter that rest and rejoice! I’ll say it again, rejoice!
Thank you Jesus.