What changed in the status of Believers as a result of Christ’s death and resurrection? We often think of the Gospel as a way to avoid the penalty of sin. It is, but it is so much more than a “get out of hell free” card. In this series we have taken the time to look hard at the basic truths of the Gospel from Colossians 1:15-23. These verses are loaded with foundational Gospel truth. If you have listened to the previous messages, you should have noticed that we are using the Bible text from our Vacation Bible School lessons and going a bit deeper with it than we will next week with the little ones. But, we have also been following the order of the Wordless Book. Hopefully, this will make their retention a little better as they consider these important truths. These basic truths about God, self, sin and the Redemption that God has provided through Christ are designed to make us all think a little harder about this and bring it into a proper perspective.
The truth of the White Page, which we learned about this morning, has to be in the context of the truths of the other pages to be fully appreciated. If Jesus is who Jesus is, according to the Gold Page (Colossians 1:15-19), The Creator and Sustainer of ALL; and if we are who we truly are according to the Black Page (Colossians 1:21), in absolute rebellion, having alienated ourselves from our Creator, hating the idea of His authority over us; Yet He has come to us and, at His own expense, He has brought true reconciliation according to the Red Page (Colossians 1:20), What has changed as a result? Does God just decide to overlook our sin, or does He do more than that? According to what we see in our text from Colossians, He does a lot more than that.
Colossians 1:22 (Vs 21 you… He has reconciled) in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
So… more than just a simple negation of the evil, we get a positive impartation of what we lost as a result of our sin. As Christ paid the price of our pardon, we also got a full reinstatement. His Holiness, Blamelessness and Irreproachableness was given to us; put in our account. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” There was an exchange that took place. Not just the removal of guilt, but the bestowing of righteousness. That’s right! Though we are guilty, we are forgiven and also accounted as righteous on the Merit of Jesus Christ.
And the question is asked, “Is it fair for God to forgive the guilty and declare them just?” The answer is, “Yes!” Christ took the penalty upon Himself as an Innocent Victim for the purpose of removing our guilt and reinstating us as righteous. He stood in the courtroom as Prosecutor and made Himself the Payment of our Penalty. Therefore, the Judge of the Universe has declared us Not Guilty and given us the privileges of a perfect standing before His Bench. All of this is bestowed upon us as we trust that what He did was for us. God “reckons” us righteous based on the Merits of Christ in His sinless life and atoning death.
As I said at the beginning, to be fully appreciated, we need to see this Justification of ourselves against the backdrop of God’s absolute Authority, Our own Rebellion and the Price that was paid in the Sacrifice of Christ, not just to remove guilt, but to reinstate us to a right standing before the Judge of the Universe. So, its not just, “I forgive you, now go away.” But, “I receive you as though you are perfect, despite your glaring faults. And I do that at the expense of the life of My Son.” This is a truly amazing thought! We serve an truly amazing God!
I encourage you to listen to the audio of this sermon by clicking on the link below. As always, there is a lot more to it and I am sure you will be blessed as you consider this profound truth!