Have you ever thought that you were beyond repair? Have you felt like you have so many problems, that there is no hope for you? I think many of us tend to feel this way so you are no stranger. The good news is that there is a God who has not given up on you. There is a God who can take your broken sinful life and make you holy and blameless.
In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians church, Paul makes a starling claim about the church in the first few verses. Here is how he greets them:
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus…
Notice that verb in that greeting - "to those sanctified". In the Greek, that word "sanctified" is passive and in the perfect tense. The perfect tense was a tense to describe an action that has already been completed. Passive means that the action is being done to the Corinthians. So when Paul greets them, he greets them as those who have already been made holy. Now, if you have ever read 1 Corinthians, you know just how astonishing that statement is. The church at Corinth didn't seem to be a very holy church. Here are a few of the issue Paul addresses in this letter:
- There were fighting over who to follow (Ch. 3)
- A guy was sleeping with his step-mom (Ch. 5)
- The church was suing one another (Ch. 6)
- There were marriage problems (Ch. 7)
- Some were worshiping idols and practicing pagan religious rituals (Ch. 10)
- There was gender role confusion & women were dressing immodestly (Ch. 11)
- They were getting drunk at the Lord’s Supper (Ch. 11)
- They were fighting over which spiritual gift was better (Ch. 12)
- They had disorderly worship services (Ch. 14)
- Some were denying the resurrection (Ch. 15)
This has huge implications for you and me. You see, our holiness is simply the outworking of who we are. In Christ, we are holy. So when the Scriptures call us to live lives of holiness, it commands us to be who we already are. Our personal holiness is the outworking of who God has already declared us to be in Christ! Even though we might feel like we are beyond repair, God in Christ has already made us holy. Our salvation and imputed righteousness is secured through the blood of the lamb! Be holy, because that is who you are. That is what Christ has made you to be.
So are you beyond repair? If you are in Christ you have already been repaired through the cross. Live your life now in obedience and holiness in joyful thanksgiving to Jesus.
How is God making you holy? How does the Gospel encourage you to be holy? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!