Think About This: “It was to save sinners that Christ Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them!” – William Hendriksen
The New Past
Posted on October 18, 2021 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
I have heard this verse my whole life. It was on the wall of the beautiful Chapel at America’s Keswick and I saw it every time I went to church there. I heard it quoted often throughout my years of living at Keswick and elsewhere. However, it wasn’t until 2011, when we first went to Grace Fellowship International’s conference, that this verse took on new meaning for me. Dr. John Woodward talked about the “new past.” He talked about how ALL things have become new, including our past, our present and our future. In Father’s eyes, my past sin and failures were wiped out at the cross. Although in this world our past may have consequences, in God’s eyes, we are clean, redeemed, and have the righteousness of His beloved Son, Jesus. While we allow our failures to weigh us down and keep us from serving Him because “We’re not good enough,” He, on the other hand, sees us as a clean slate with no black marks. We no longer have to walk in shame, guilt, and remorse, forever labeled as losers. Jesus did the hard work of bearing all of our sin; our job is to receive our acceptance and live the way He sees us – clean, holy, forgiven, deeply loved.
What are the choices you have made that are weighing you down? What are the things you have done that have caused damage to those who love you and to your own soul that you think can never be forgiven? The enemy wants us bound and the easiest way to do that is to continually throw our past in our faces. He delights in taunting us with our failures and imprisoning us with our decisions. Please don’t let him win – Jesus paid for ALL of that at the cross. Will you accept it?
“Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.” Elvina M. Hall
Written by Cherri Raws Freeman: Cherri Raws Freeman is the author of the book Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child’s Addiction. She and her husband Joe, a graduate of the Colony of Mercy, founded Love Them to Life, a support ministry for mothers of addicts. Cherri is a graduate of Wheaton College and the mother of 5 adult children, 2 of which struggled with addiction issues.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. –Ephesians 5:1-2