Updated: Jul 27, 2020
After discussing part of what Jesus accomplished on the cross today we want to discuss what your reality is today. You have become a new creation that is justified and is being sanctified.
Romans 5:9 states that we have been justified by the blood of Jesus. To be justified is a legal term that means that you are declared righteous. This means that you are as you ought to be in that you have never sinned. This means that before the Father and Jesus you are spotless just as if you never sinned. In fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. You are now a new creation, what you used to be is gone! You are no longer defined by your sin, your old patterns, habits, pain, or anything else. You have brand new DNA. You are not now a better version of you or a freer version of you, but you are brand NEW! You are now born of God and have the divine nature now. (John 1:13, 2 Peter 1:4)
However, just because you have been justified, become a new creation and now have the divine nature does not mean that you feel that way or act that way yet. Why is that? It is because you are being sanctified. To be sanctified means to be made holy or to be set apart. The rest of your life until Jesus comes back or you go to be with Him, Jesus will be making you holy and setting you apart from the world. He is going to be teaching you to live like what He paid for.
Imagine sanctification like this, you are a homeless orphan in one country and you get adopted by the king of a neighboring country. You are now the prince of a country that you’ve never lived in. You will not immediately begin to act like the prince that you are. You will still act like the homeless orphan from another country. You will need to learn a new culture, you will need to learn the ways of royalty, you will need to learn what it is like to have a loving dad, and so much more. Just because you don’t act like the prince does not mean that you are not the prince. This is the process of sanctification: learning to be what you truly are by the blood of Jesus and it is a lifelong process. It is a process of overcoming because of the love and beauty of God.
Today, be encouraged that you are completely justified before God and that you are a new creation! In addition, realize that you are on a journey of becoming like that which you are so submit yourself to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and do not be discouraged when your life does not line up to what you think it should.