We know that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for us. Because He was fully man, He could die in our place. And because He was also fully God, He lived a sinless life, thus enabling Him to pay our sin debt. But is that all He did in accomplishing our salvation?
When we receive God’s gift of salvation through Jesus’s death on the cross, He cleanses us from every sin we’ve committed. We may have to deal with some earthly consequences of our past sins, but the death penalty for them is gone. Romans 8:1 tells us that “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” We stand before Him totally and completely sinless because the righteousness of Jesus has been imparted to us.
But what if we sin after we’ve received His gift? The penalty for those sins is paid as well. Romans 6:10 says Jesus “died to sin once for all.” His sacrifice on the cross paid for all sin, for all time. When we sin after we’ve received Christ, we’re instructed in 1 John 1:9 to “confess our sins,” and Jesus will be faithful “to forgive us our sins” and to “cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He has taken away our sin debt and renewed our spirits forever. Confession and repentance is all that is needed to restore fellowship with Him.
In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” His gift of salvation does more than remove sin’s debt; it also frees us from sin’s power. We are tied to a sin-corrupted body as long as we live on this planet. With a dead spirit, we’re in total bondage to sin. When Jesus renews our spirit, He also indwells us by His Holy Spirit and sets us free from the control of sin. With His power within us, we can resist the sin nature of our physical bodies and produce the fruits of the spirit such as peace, love, and joy.
We are also given the ability to become like Him. Romans 8:29 tells us God wants us “to be conformed to the image of His Son.” By keeping our focus on Him and allowing Him to direct our lives, we start on the path of restoration to become what God intended us to be. It isn’t an easy road to be sure, but He is there to help us each step of the way.
Perfection was lost in the Garden of Eden. But through Jesus Christ, because of God’s love, we can be made perfect again. Our relationship with Him can be restored. Receive His gift today.