13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us; and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; 15 having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (WEB)
If we want to be consistent with the biblical view of who we are, we should always refer to our old life before meeting Christ as being in the past tense. Today's Scripture passage is one of many verses that speak of our old life as being but a fleeting memory. The Apostle Paul tells us that we were dead but now God has made us alive in Christ.
Our sins were forgiven and every ordinance against us has been wiped out because each one was nailed to the cross. Any defeat, any shame, any past failure is but a fading residue of our old life that has no power over us today. 2 Corinthians 5:17 clearly states this truth... Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. (WEB)
I don't believe that it honors God and the finished work of Christ when we continually refer to things that no longer exist in God's sight any longer. In some Christian circles, it might be a sign of humility to embrace a 'worm theology', but that is simply not the truth of our new heavenly identity.
We were once sinners, but because of the finished work of our elder brother, all heaven sees us as saints. My prayer is that this truth would go deeper into each one of our hearts today. May every manifestation of condemnation and shame that reminds us of the 'old us' be consumed by the fire of God's love and the 'once and for all sacrifice' the Lamb of God secured for us.
They will not teach every man his fellow citizen, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all will know me, from their least to their greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.” (WEB)
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12:01AM