Transformed

I recently completed a bible study on Rahab.  Rehab was a prostitute; the scriptures identify her as a “harlot”. She was not your run of the mill prostitute but one that serviced those that worshipped evil. She was surrendered to the evil ceremonies taking place in Jericho.    There was no pretense.  She was who she was.  But here is the astonishing thing; God saw purpose in her and he was the only one that could change her from what she was to what she could be. He was the only one that could change a dark past into a bright future. Surely the fine upstanding women of Jericho would not be seen with the likes of Rahab.  Surely they whispered and condemned her for such a lifestyle. It occurred to me how many times we judge people by their job, by their speech, by their background, by what they wear or how they look.   It is because of this preconceive judgement that we fail see their purpose or their potential.

The bible scripture, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” rose up in my spirit as I thought of all of us that walk in the flesh, that would be lost if it were not for Jesus’ sacrifice.  Too often we judge and condemn without cause and according to the flesh. Jesus has let us off the hook.  For those that are in “in Christ” there is “no condemnation”.

The world would have you believe you have to meet its standards of salvation.  We have become so convinced of those standards that we forget that it is “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” ‘Ephesians 2:8(NKJV).  We did not earn it, we did not deserve it but he freely gave it. It appears many of us have been saved so long that we have forgotten that, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (KJV)

It was Rehab’s faith that moved her from a miserable life of sin to a place in the biblical history of Jesus genealogy.   What a remarkable transformation!  It was not the fact that she helped the Men of God to safety that saved her. It was an unbelieving heart changed to a heart of faith that ensured her salvation. That same faith moved her from sin to grace. “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.[a] But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work”  Romans 11:6 (NKJV)

There are those that would use the world’s standards of salvations as tools of manipulation.   But John is clear in 1 John 2:1(NKJV) “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Jesus has redeemed us from sin.  He has paid the ultimate price for that redemption.   Just as God saw the life of Rahab as a life worthy of grace, he sees each of us as worthy of his redeeming blood.  Because of the sacrifice at Calvary we have an advocate.

John clearly states, “these things I write to you, so that you may not sin”.  Sin is not something we should willingly participate in or even consider, but IF anyone sins there is an advocate!  For this alone we should praise him with every breath.

Please be assured that if grace and mercy is what you are seeking, it can easily be found in the one that lived and died so that we might live.  Grace and mercy are not things of the world.  Grace is “the gift of God”.   So when like Rahab, you know who you are and where you have been, trust God to see you not as you are but as you shall be.

I spent a huge part of my life hiding who I was because I was afraid that if “they” saw who I was I would not be good enough.  God knows who I am and that’s good enough.

 

Prayer:  Father we thank you that you do not see us as the world sees us.  We than you thank that your blood has redeemed us.   We know and now believe that it is by grace that we are saved and not of ourselves.  We ask that those seeking you shall find in you complete redemption as they confess before you.

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