It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
“We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. “…Christ Jesus…became for us wisdom from God— and righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Once we realize that Christ has become all this for us, the limitless joy of God begins in us. And wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is still in effect.”
- Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
A couple of days ago, I wrote about the importance of Hell, and this is almost an accidental follow up.
One of the necessary things in salvation is to repent of sins, but as Chambers rightfully states, it is a result of accepting Jesus, not a pre-requisite.
There is nothing that we can do to be saved. Jesus paid the penalty; we accept that and belief / trust in Him.
But we simply don’t accept Jesus and go on our merry way, doing what we had always done.
Repentance is one of the signs that we have truly accepted Jesus. Some sins are hard to shake, but it should be obvious to us and others that we are trying on the tough ones. I had an acquaintance who told me that he was a royal pain in the backside to all those around him before he accepted Jesus. I had to shake my head. He must have been the devil incarnate before that point, because he was the biggest jerk that I knew, and indeed a royal pain for all who met him, and a terror for his family. Was this one of those hard sins from which to repent, or did he only accept Jesus on his terms, without repenting of his sin? Just establishing an example, not judging; God will sort that out. But when it is obvious that the person has never repented, has no Joy, has no Peace, has no understanding of Scripture… It causes you to wonder is they truly have Jesus in their heart. The work of the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself in some outward fashion. Again, we must not judge, but by all means pray.
But it could be said about any act that we perform to impress God, that we are trampling the blood of Christ. When we are sinners, unable to make a single step toward salvation without Christ, anything that we do to gain God’s favor is trampling the blood. It shows that we do not understand.
But our actions, once saved, pour from our soul. We are so overcome by the Joy that Chambers mentions that we do for others, the big things and the small things. It is the outpouring of God’s love from our heart that compels us to do those things, not us trying to show God our goodness.
But how does this relate to the post from a couple of days ago about the importance of Hell? Chambers states in the last sentence above that for those that do not have the Joy, the death sentence is still in effect.
Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and experience the Joy that is beyond measure.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.