If you have been keeping up with the most recent blog post you have discovered how to obtain freedom in Jesus Christ by receiving his righteousness and justification from sin. What happens when you don’t feel free? Let’s say you have received the the gospel of Jesus Christ into your heart and you even received his gift of righteousness and grace into your heart. However, you’re still not sure how to maintain feeling righteous and knowing that God made you righteous when you make mistakes. Today, we will learn how to really feel that you’re free from sin and that God has made you righteous from looking at the evidence of your righteousness written in God’s word.
“For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ. So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous” Romans 5:17-19 ASV.
The “one” that is being referenced to being responsible for judgement coming to all men refers to Adam. It goes all the way back to the beginning of the Bible in the book of Genesis. Adam and his wife Eve disobeyed God’s instructions when they were tempted by the enemy and this act of disobedience caused man to be in a sinful state and in need of a savior. The “one” that is referenced as the giver of the free gift is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Maybe you’ve thought, “I believed and I received this gift but when I make mistakes, I don’t always feel that I am righteous.” Well, you’re in the right place there is an answer for you. So, let’s just say you’ve been learning more about the things that please God and you’ve discovered what is pleasing and not pleasing to him. You also know that some things that you’ve done in the past would’nt really be pleasing in the eyesight of Jesus Christ. However, what if you fell into temptation and you made that mistake again. How does that make you feel? Typically, it doesn’t make you feel good and you may began questioning your righteousness with the following questions: “Does Jesus still love me?”, “Am I good enough?”, and “What can I do to make this right?”. I wanted to let you know that Jesus definitely loves you, that was the reason why he made such a huge sacrifice for you to free you from your sins.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life” John 3:16 ASV. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13 ASV. It’s settled Jesus Loves you, the evidence is all throughout the Bible so, that answers the first question. Next, your relationship with God is not about being religious and trying to please an inanimate God. Jesus is alive and he has called himself your friend. He called himself your friend and died for your sins before you were ever born. “For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” Romans 8:29-30 ASV. You can see now, that your relationship with God is a friendship. In most healthy friendships you get to know your friend and you learn about their likes and dislikes. Most people who desire to keep a healthy friendship they try to do things that are pleasing to their friends because they love and care about them. We can learn about what pleases our friend Jesus through reading his words that are in the Bible, spending time with him in prayer, and listening to him. What happens when you do something that doesn’t please your friends? Most people who value their friendships apologize and they want to make it right with their friend. How can we make it right with Jesus when we make mistakes? Repentance is the answer. “What? Are you saying that I just need to apologize and turn away from the things that I’ve done wrong ?” The answer is, Yes. You don’t have to try to do a bunch of good deeds, pray a million prayers, and beg God over and over to love you again. Just simply repent that is the only requirement. Repentance allows us to continue in our freedom, and to avoid feelings of condemnation that make us feel that we aren’t free. “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him” 2 Corinthians 5:21 ASV. Repentance allows us to be able to declare that we are still the righteousness of God through his Son Jesus Christ. “And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”1 John 1:5-10 ASV.