Are you perfect in God’s eyes? Most people would probably answer, “No” – and for good reason. We all are keenly aware that we fall short of what God expects of man. As a result, it seems implausible that we could stand before God, who sees clearly every thought and intent of our hearts, and be judged by Him to be holy, and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight.
Yet, this is exactly what we want. We do not want God to see everything we have done wrong. We do not want Him to hold our sins against us. We do not want to suffer God’s wrath for our sins. We want God to see us as holy, and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight. We want to be seen as perfect in God’s eyes.
Fortunately, God wants the same thing for us, and He provided a way for it to happen by way of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures say, “It pleased the Father that in [Jesus] all the fullness should dwell, and by [Jesus] to reconcile all things to Himself, […] having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:19–20). Concerning those who have placed their trust in Him, the Scriptures go on to say, “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Colossians 1:21–22).
The good news for us is that we can be at peace with God despite our sins because Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for us. But not everyone is at peace with God. The Scriptures say this is true only “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard” (Colossians 1:23). Contrary to wrong teaching on the subject, this does not mean a saved person can lose his salvation. It simply means that salvation belongs to those who have heard the good news about Jesus Christ and have latched onto the hope it represents. Every person who rests all his hope on Jesus and who refuses to be persuaded otherwise is at peace with God, and is holy, and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight.
The hope of the gospel is that we can be right with God despite our sins because of Jesus Christ. This is why we tell people about Him. We want them to find the same thing in Jesus that we have found. As the Scriptures say, “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28). If they hear the good news about Jesus, latch onto it, and refuse to be moved off that hope, they too will become perfect in God’s eyes through Jesus Christ.
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