I painted my living room this past weekend. I decided that it was time for a change and wanted to add some color. The room was transformed from a boring gray to a bright teal. It’s amazing that a fresh coat of paint can make it feel like a completely different room. One of the best things that happened is that it covered up all the scuffs, stains, and marks. After painting, you could no longer see a single blemish on any of the walls.
After the paint had dried and I stood back and admired my handy work, 2 Corinthians 5:17 crept into my mind. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” That verse is one of the most fascinating and most encouraging verses in all of scripture. If you are a believer in Christ God has made you into a new, perfect creation.
That word perfect may make you think twice, but it’s true. Because of what Christ did for us at the cross and tomb, God sees us as perfect. 1 Corinthians goes on to say in 5:19 that God doesn’t “count people’s sins against them.” It doesn’t say that God doesn’t count just our past sins against us. It says that God doesn’t countallour sins against us: past, present, and future.
Chapter 5 finishes up by saying, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” That is how God sees those who have placed their faith in Christ, as righteous. That word, according to Merriam-Webster, means, “Free from guilt or sin.” We can’t achieve this by our own ability, but Jesus came into this world specifically so that through his life, death, and resurrection we can have his righteousness given to us.
Think of this as a new coat of paint. Without Christ, we are all covered with scuffs, stains, and marks. However, once you put your faith in Christ, all of that is covered, and you are without blemish. When God looks at you, he doesn’t see your sin; no, he sees his beloved son.
My friends, you are not your mistakes. Take encouragement in the fact that you have been freed from guilt and sin. Stop beating yourself up every time you screw up. Instead, let yourself be loved by your all-loving God. Christ paid much too high of a cost for you to walk around feeling guilty when he has already taken on your punishment.
I do offer this disclaimer. Our freedom fromsin is not freedom tosin. We are still called to live out our righteousness. That is not to try to earn salvation, but it is to show our salvation. We are to bear good fruit so that others can see Christ in us and through us.
You have received a new coat of paint. You have been made new. You have been freed from sin and guilt. This is all possible because Christ died for you. It is given to us through faith in Jesus. Be encouraged today that you are so loved that God made a way for you to become righteous. Finally, whenever you fail, remember that God sees his perfect, beloved son when he looks at you.