Once you surrender your life to Christ, from that point on, when God looks at you, he sees Jesus—not your past failures or even your accomplishments. He sees Jesus in you. God’s grace is just that amazing.
It seems too incredible to believe, doesn’t it? This is why the gospel means “good news.” Because of our union life with Jesus, we are no longer sinners. Instead, we are made free from the penalty and power of sin.
We just need to learn how to walk in the freedom that has already been won by Jesus.
Picture in your mind a courtroom.
You are on trial for treason against God.
You are sitting on the left side of the room, alone. The prosecuting attorney is seated on the right. In front is a Judge whose righteousness is so blinding you can’t see his face; all you can see is his glory.
The well-dressed prosecuting attorney approaches the Judge. He turns on a 20-foot, high-definition television. For hours he assaults you with everything you’ve ever done. His case is so convincing, so true, that it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are guilty. You are guilty of being a sinner.
His case is so convincing, so true, that it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are guilty.
As you stand to receive your well-deserved sentence of eternity in hell from the Judge, the creaking sound of the door opening echoes through the courtroom. It’s your defense attorney. He’s wearing a ripped-up, blood-soaked robe. You notice he has holes in his wrists. As your attorney approaches the bench, a hush descends over the crowded courtroom, and under the silence you hear, “He’s never lost a case.”
The prosecuting attorney objects to your defense attorney representing you. He tells the Judge that he wants you to represent yourself.
The Judge speaks. The courtroom trembles at his voice as he says, “Shut your mouth. My beloved son is about to speak!” And God’s son, your defense attorney, who was provided for you free of charge, says, “Daddy, everything the prosecution has said about my client is true. He is guilty. But I went to the cross and shed my blood to eternally secure my client’s freedom and forgiveness.”
God the Daddy, with a smile the size of the Milky Way, thunderously slams the gavel of heaven and joyfully shouts, “You, my child, are innocent of all charges against you. And you are forever forgiven!”
Let Ephesians 1:7 soak in: “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (NLT). And God’s forgiveness in Jesus is so complete that all your sins—past, present, and future—have been forgiven.
The enemy of your soul loves to go historical on you. So the next time he reminds you of your sin, your failures or shame, remember this truth and remind him of what Jesus accomplished on your behalf—you are forever forgiven.
Marinate on that.
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