- you are a totally new creation
- you are in Christ
- you are totally forgiven for EVERY sin you’ve ever committed, are committing now, or ever will commit in the future
- you are totally righteous
- you are totally reconciled
- you are redeemed
- you are sanctified
- you are justified
- you are totally accepted
- you are an integral part of the body of Christ
- you are a citizen of heaven
- you have eternal life and you’ll never die
- you are unconditionally loved
- nothing you could ever do would ever make God love you less than He does now
Lot’s of good people believe that the way you get to heaven is by being good. After all, God is a good God and heaven is a good place and going to heaven will be a good thing–if we’re good.
The problem is: that’s not true.
Good people don’t go to heaven. Bad people do.
Bad people who have done bad things WHO HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN go to heaven.
And there’s only ONE WAY to be forgiven–to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And believe that when He died on the cross, who we WERE died with Him. And we became new creatures in Christ. Born again. From above.
That’s the only way we get to heaven.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Editor’s Note: “Grace means . . .” was written by Sparrow Girl on her blog over at Underthewaterfallofgrace It appears on here home page sidebar. She’s been one of my favorite blogging friends for years. She and I share the same passion for our true identity in Christ. She writes about it beautifully. Be blessed, my precious readers.
Grace means there are no demands on you today..you do not need to ‘do’ anything or ‘become’ anything – you already ARE all you were meant to be, as a gift (something given, not worked for, something already yours, experienced and enjoyed here and now by simple faith – by seeing it is yours), by Jesus’ work on your behalf.
You already ARE righteous, loved, accepted, at peace with God, empowered, free from sin’s power, strong, holy, pure, and ONE with God, together with Him forever.
You are His child, included in the royal family, and the inheritance is yours in Christ!
There is nothing left for you to do because Jesus did it all and will manifest it all in you! You are free! Free to enjoy a love relationship with the most Perfect Love of all – HIM!
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24 (NIV).
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