“Moab has been at rest from youth,
like wine left on its dregs,
not poured from one jar to another—
she has not gone into exile.
So she tastes as she did,
and her aroma is unchanged.”
Jeremiah 48.11 (NIV)
Before we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, we are like “wine left on its dregs,” meaning we our filled with the sediments of sin.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3.23 NLT).
The Bible says that if we accept Jesus into our hearts, we will be poured into a new jar, which purifies us and leaves behind the sediment of sin.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10.9 NIV).
In order to be freed from sin, our old selves must die, so we can be resurrected to a new life that has been perfected by Jesus.
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6.4 NIV).
Since our new selves are in Jesus, we are now “pure” and “holy” and “made right” in the eyes of God.
“God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin” (1 Corinthians 1.30 NLT).
We can now have a relationship with God because the sin that separated us has been resolved.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit” (1 Peter 3.18)
When we accept Jesus into our lives, we become a new, perfected creation in Christ.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5.17 NLT).
Since we are a new creation, the only way we can sin is if we believe and act on the lies of Satan who only wants to destroy our purified image in Christ.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10.10 NIV).
Satan sees that we have been changed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, so his sole desire is to cause us to use our free will to behave like him. But thanks be to God, the Blood of Jesus continually cleanses us!
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1.7 NIV).
Don’t let the enemy tempt you to forget who you are in Christ. You are a new creation that is blameless before God. Your old self has died, and your new self has been made right with God by the cross.
- You are holy and blameless: “Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault” (Colossians 1.22 NLT).
- You are a royal priesthood: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2.9 NIV).
- You are victorious: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15.57 NIV).
- You are co-heirs with Christ: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8.17 NIV).
Jesus tucked you inside of His perfection, and proof of His Finished Work on the Cross is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We could not have the God’s Sprit in us if we were not made right in God’s eyes.
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3.16 NIV).