GOD HAS QUALIFIED YOU IN CHRIST
Friday, 3 April 2015
“Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Colossians 1:12 (NKJV)
For those of you who are reeling out your qualifications and saying that they are the basis on which you want God to deal with you, I have some questions for you. What qualification did the thief on the cross have before he was taken to heaven? What restitution did he do? What works did he carry out? Did he do anything? That spoils some people’s theology. That spoils some Pharisees’ idea of how to approach God.
You know what? Our problem is that we want to do right before we become right. And God is saying: “No! You are getting it backwards. I want you to accept that I have made you right and then you can do right.” That is the way it is. He has already made us right. Consider 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (KJV).
The day you received Christ, He made you right. And until that becomes a revelation to you, you cannot do right. Right thinking will produce right believing. You are right before you can do right. You do not do right to become right. No! You cannot do right and that is why Jesus Christ came to be your right. In Him we have been made righteous. If you understand that Christ is your righteousness, you will love Him more. When you realize how much debt He has forgiven you, you will love Him more and more.
The grace of God found us just as we were. Empty handed! Consider Abraham, the father of faith. God reached out to him when he was still an idol worshipper. He did nothing. Grace simply located him. Today, as we celebrate the supreme sacrifice He paid, don’t try to deserve His love, just accept it. Thank Him for going the way of the cross for you and receive eternal acceptance in the company of the Beloved. Grace has qualified you and grace will sustain you. I bless you in Jesus’s name.
Further reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Romans 3:20-27 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Judges 19-21, Evening-Luke 7:31-50