When I was born again I went to a very traditional, and now I see, very legalistic church.
We were taught from the bible but with a certain slant and bias.
The Bible I use now was bought for me back then, and it still has the shading and underlining that I did then, and it really shows how my doctrine has changed over the years.
For example, Romans 3 v 23 is shaded in, while Romans 3 v 22 and 24 are not; if I were to start with a new Bible I would now be highlighting verse 22 and 24 instead.
You see, I used to think that I had to find the sin in my life, confess it and repent of it, and then God would let me have relationship with Him and bless me.
This is what religion and legalism tries to tell us, and I “gave up” on church for a long time because of this.
I now know that this is not true; I am blessed and in relationship with God because of my faith in Jesus and His finished work and nothing else.
This is known as grace and living under the new covenant.
Yes, I was sinner (before I was saved) and sinned (before and after I was saved), and did come short of the glory of God.
But, as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus I was freely justified and made righteous.
I now focus on my righteousness and that I have been justified instead of my sins.
I now focus on Jesus instead of myself.
This is the way to freedom in life, away from the bondage of religion and legalism (Galatians 5 v 1).
I would recommend that you give it a try of you are not already doing so!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith I have already been justified and already made righteous”.
Romans 3 v 23…..For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God