Thursday, April 05, 2007
God says we are holy?
Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
by Rob Bell
'So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved...' Colossians 3:12aSee also 2 Corinthians 5:17, Phillipians 3:16. (and many others)
What an interesting thought. I was reading in the book I listed and a most profound truth was pointed out. Notice the word right after 'chosen of God'. Holy.
When God looks at me He sees a new creation. I am 'in Christ'. God views me as He views Christ. The perfect son of God. How did I merit that? I didn't. I just believe what God says. Nothing more.
Excerpts from 'Velvet Elvis'
1) "In these passages we're being told who we are, now.The issue then isn't my beating myself up over all of the things I am not doing or the things I am doin poorly; the issue is my learning who this person is who God keeps insisting I already am..."
2) " 'Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.'None.No Shame..."
3) "Beating myself up is pointless.Beating others up about who and what they are not is going the wrong direction. It is working against the purposes of God. God is not interested in shaming people; God wants people to see who they really are."
What an amazing God we have. He isn't interested in putting us down. He is interested in helping us up. He already sees us as holy. We may sin, but it doesn't define who we are.