All of our learning takes place within the safety of our relationship with God. When we realize that His friendship is completely free from guilt and shame, our hearts become settled. We can finally believe and receive the fullness of His love, as we become ever more aware of His nature within us.
1. God is focused on developing our new nature, not on fixing up the old.
God is not double-minded about your salvation. He is singularly focused on developing the only you that’s alive to Him, [which is] the new you in Christ. He is absolutely, 100%, full time, all the time, focused on who you are and are becoming in Jesus […]. So, the thought of us working on our old nature to try to make it acceptable to God? It’s exactly the opposite of what He gave everything for. Dead is dead. Gone is gone. Finished is finished. There’s no middle ground in that.[02:10]
2. When God took away our old nature, He didn’t give it back.
But how ridiculous would it be if the next morning, there was a knock on the door and one of the waste removal workers was there saying, “Mr. Cooke, we really love doing our job and we really enjoy taking your trash away. So, we thought that you might be missing it by now. But don’t worry, we’ve brought it back and we’ve spread it all out on your lawn in a very nice arrangement. We hope you enjoy what we’ve done with your trash. See you next Tuesday!” I know, it’s completely absurd. No one wants their trash back. So why would God pay an enormous price to take all your sin, all your trash away…only to bring it back for you to sort through again?[03:41]
3. We become like Him as we become more aware of His nature within us.
A religious, sin-conscious culture values changing behavior above all else. It wants us to sort through our trash and improve it. Self-help is a culture of the world, not of the Kingdom. A God-conscious life is one in which we become ever more aware of the nature of God in us. Rising up, renewing our minds, and restoring our spiritual vision. We see Him in the scriptures. We encounter Him in our daily lives. We engage in conversations of prayer. As we behold His true nature, He is transforming us into the beauty of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). As we behold Him, we become like Him. That’s relational transformation.[04:35]
Want to learn more? Tune in to today’s podcast as we explore the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
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