So, earlier today I was reading Day 1 of this week’s Refresh Challenge
reading, & there’s this verse that’s reminded of something that came up during a group discussion we were having yesterday:
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
~ Romans 5:6-8
I’ll draw your attention to the last line: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
One of us was sharing how when God looks at us (believers), He doesn’t see us as sinners. He sees us through Christ. He sees us as righteous, accepted.
In the above verse, Paul says, “While we WERE still sinners…”
Now, for the people he was writing to (the Romans), it is quite unlikely that they were all living perfect lives, with no sin at all. And yet Paul is referring to being sinners as a thing of the past.
The thing is, for believers, we were not sinners in God’s sight because of our individual sins, but rather because of Adam’s sin (we were born into sin). So we had nothing to do with it. But then now when we get born AGAIN in Christ, we’re not born into sin, but rather into His righteousness. And so God sees us as righteous, not because we’ve kept all the commandments and laws, but because we’ve been born again in Christ. Our status with God isn’t dependent on what we have done, but rather on who we are in Christ. The same way when we were sinners our good deeds didn’t make us righteous (didn’t give us right-standing with God), is the same way now that we’re righteous, our sinful deeds don’t make us sinners in God’s sight (having no right-standing with God).
The same way when a male child is born, if He once in a while does girly things(whatever those may be 😊), it doesn’t change the fact that he is male. At his core, he is male, & we seek to call out that man that he is by affirming to Him that he’s a boy, training him up in the ways of a boy/man. He may not do it perfectly as He grows, but the fact that he is male doesn’t change. He was born male. That’s part of who He is, his identity. It would be quite hilarious if a boy went around lamenting, saying “I’m a girl, I’m a girl”, just because he did something the way a girl would. You’d probably tell him to “Get serious! You’re a boy!”
So for us as believers, when we sin, when we fall short, God doesn’t call us sinners, & neither does He want us to call ourselves sinners. He calls us “righteous”, “accepted”, “beloved”. And the more we identify with who we are, who He says we are, and the more we call out/speak out who we are at our core (in our spirit man) – accepted, righteous, beloved – the more we manifest those attributes in the physical. God is a spirit, and we at the core, are spirits, that have a soul, that live in a body. You are a spirit. Identify with who you are in spirit. As a believer in Jesus, you have a new spirit, a new born-again spirit, that has been made righteous in spirit. Your soul (mind & emotions) may still need to be renewed, and your body may still need to be brought under subjection, but you are not your soul or body. You are essentially spirit, and God is a spirit, and He relates with us spirit to spirit.
That is why we can approach His throne of grace with BOLDNESS to receive mercy and grace, because He is not relating with us based on our souls or bodies, but who we truly are at the core, as new, born again spirits.
God wants us to identify ourselves not by our deeds, but by who He says we are in His Word, who we are in spirit.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Identify with who God says you are, who you truly are.