Hello lolaboo. This is good, but we need to take it apart some. You have shown yourself to be sensitive to conviction of wrong doing, or sin. Your response right now is to just correct it. But there are a couple of problems with that.
Originally Posted by lolaboo
First of all, who says that you can just draw a line and decide to be a good person on one side of that line and just forget about what happened on the other side? Is there a statute of limitations with God that simply excuses our previous transgressions by us doing better? It doesn't work that way.
Secondly, such a system is ultimately doomed to fail by our imperfections. We might feel better about ourselves in trying harder to be a better person, but our own self efforts will always fall (already have fallen) short of the perfection of God. We might imagine defending ourselves in front of God by showing Him how hard we worked on being better but ultimately if God is perfect and judges us in perfection, then we would be basically asking God to excuse our shortcomings because of how hard we worked to overcome them. Note that we would be asking God to overlook our transgressions in judgment on the basis of our own efforts, or a justification by our good works. Basically, we expect to earn God's good graces by "deserving" them.
lolaboo, God has provided a way by His Grace for us to be justified before Him in judgment. What has God provided? God has provided us justification through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Our justification before God then resides upon one who IS perfect and meets all qualifications of God's judgment and not upon ourselves. That is the reason why Jesus died on the cross. When we say that Jesus died for us, we mean that as a man Jesus' sinless life, ministry, and death was on our behalf, so that we might be justified before God through Jesus' perfection. We don't take our own righteousness unto us which is imperfect, but rather we take on Jesus Christ's reighteousness unto us which is perfect! We have been given the assurance of God's approval of such because that Jesus was resurrected the third day. Death, which is the result of sin, had no claim on Jesus since He was without sin. Thus, Jesus accomplished victory over sin and death for all those who place their faith in Him and enter into eternal life.
Originally Posted by lolaboo
When we find rest in Jesus Christ by ceasing from our own attempts at justification before God, we then can strive earnestly for His high mark of perfection; but we are able to do so without fear of coming short of the mark on account of our shortcomings. Jesus has already overcome and achieved the victory for us!
Last edited by watchinginawe; Jan 31st 2009 at 03:41 PM.
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