Since we have been justified by Christ’s blood, can we be sure that God is not going to be angry at us because we still sin? Christ took all the wrath and punishment for our sin at the cross, and as believers we are now hidden in His righteousness.
Here’s the sad part of all of this though; some Christians and pastors who think they can change someone’s behavior by always preaching messages of what they are doing wrong, basically are saying, “Now you need to watch everything you do and say because you will displease God if you sin or mess up.” I’ve said this before, “People don’t need to be reminded of their mistakes or bad decisions, they need to be told, “God is not mad at them and with the Holy Spirit, they can change.”
Please don’t misunderstand me, there are plenty of pastors teaching the true gospel of grace. This is for those who maybe were beat-up trying to live the Christian life and stopped trying.
Romans 5:6-10 basically says that if God demonstrated His love toward us by giving His Son to die for our sin, while we were still sinners, how much more now that we are in God’s family are we free from judgment. (Not talking about our works being judged one day.)
I know after we are born-again our behavior has to change, but it won’t happen over night (some things do change in an instant, though).
It’s just that too many Christians I’ve talked to don’t really believe Romans 8:1: There is now no condemnation (punishment, judgment) for those who are in Christ. God’s not looking for ways to “get us” even when we call someone a jerk for pulling out in front of us on the road.
By one sacrifice, He has perfected forever, those who are being sanctified (Hebrews 10:14). And then we were given Christ’s righteousness in Him. So how long does this last? Forever!
It’s not so much about how much we love God, it’s the love He first had for us. 1 John 4:10, 18, 19 – In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, (Verse 18) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (Verse 19) We love Him because He first loved us. Death was the penalty for sin, but Christ paid that ultimate price for all. We just need to accept it and receive it.
When someone tells you over and over how much they love you, how could you not believe it? When we finally get a clear revelation of God’s love for us and receive that love, then we can rest in His total acceptance of who we are in Christ Jesus.
This message should never be watered down. The Bible means exactly what it says. We have been made perfect, not in our own eyes and not according to our behavior, but in God’s eyes. When we get our hearts right and realize God is not mad at us, our behavior will change.