‘Having now been justified by His blood …’ Romans  5:9 NASB

The Bible says: ‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. …And not only this, but we also celebrate in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.’ (Romans 5:8-9, 11 NASB).

God loves and accepts you just as you are. And it gets better. He sees you as blameless. How? ‘God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV). Note the words ‘in Him’. Imagine yourself placing a letter in an envelope, then sealing it. No longer can you see the letter or read its contents because it’s ‘in’ the envelope. Getting the idea? Always remember there is a difference between your position and your condition. When you put your trust in Christ, you’re positioned before God as being righteous.

You say, ‘But what about my condition? I still fail.’ The job of the indwelling Holy Spirit is to bring your condition up to the level of your position. ‘… And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image’ (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT). How does the Holy Spirit do this? He draws you back to the place of repentance where you are cleansed.

Notice, your position in Christ doesn’t change, but your condition is constantly changing as you become more like Christ.

SoulFood: Gal 5:23, 2 Thes 1:3-5, 2 Tim 1:7, Heb 11:23-27

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