Rest II

Yesterday we established that under the new covenant sinning was to not keep faith (Isa 28:2). David also foresaw that it would come a time when sins no longer would be the issue in man’s relation to God: “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” (Rom 4:7-8)

It is quite clear that David’s words relate to the believer, because John said: “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9) In this context we can understand the following words penned down by Paul on a more profound level: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Rom 8:1)

It is now obvious that a person who cannot sin cannot experience any condemnation either, particularly now that we are aware of that sin is related to faith and nothing else. The believer lives by faith, because he has accepted Christ and is born again. Nothing he will ever do will be counted against him. This is pure and undefiled grace! It is unfathomable for the unregenerate spirit, and also for many of those who are still in their childhood, spiritually speaking.

Paul said: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:18-21)

The unbeliever is thus still in sin because he hasn’t yet accepted Christ in faith. However, he is just a simple step from being declared righteous and be reconciled to God, just as we are.

As we all know Jesus never sinned. When John states: “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” (John 4:17) it is also an argument for our perfection. If we are in this world as He is, and He was and is found without sin, then we also are found without sin in this temporary world. When this verse speaks about love it is quite obvious that John refers to God’s love which now is perfected through His unprecedented grace.

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