Emanna: Don’t Think of Yourself as a Sinner

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1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Hebrews 10:17 He then says, “And their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall by no means remember anymore.”

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When we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior, God sees us as if we have never sinned. We must never have the thought that we are still a sinner and cannot be sure of our position before God… Thank God that He has put us into Christ; we can stand before Him as if we have never sinned. Christ is our righteousness.

We lose our boldness in coming to God because we have looked at ourselves. We are afraid of seeing God because we have not looked at Christ. If we see only Christ, not ourselves, we will be bold every time we come to God. Christ will never fail; therefore, we can never be wrong before God. Thank God that our righteousness is not vacillating; our righteousness is forever unshakable. If anyone asks us if Christian conduct, zeal, and love can change, we answer yes. If we say no, we are deceiving ourselves. But our righteousness can never change because our righteousness is Christ. May God open our eyes to see that just as we could not trust in our conduct for salvation, we cannot trust in our conduct for coming to God after we become a Christian. This does not mean that we can be loose in our conduct. We will speak of this in the next chapter. Here we are dealing with the means by which we come to God. Our means of coming to God is Christ as our righteousness. We come to God by Christ. This is forever unshakable; it is forever sure. Hallelujah!

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 207-208.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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Emanna: Don’t Lose Your Boldness

I was impressed by the words of ministry in this Emanna portion. And to think that this relates to our coming towards God… Simply praise-worthy! Isn’t it wonderful that we can come forward to God with boldness (pun intended) because (not only of God’s mercy but) His righteousness? We were sinners, yet through Christ’s death we were cleansed from our sins and made right with God. Hence, God must forgive us our sins, whether we feel forgiven at one stage or not at another stage. So dear reader – don’t lose your boldness! The Bible declares that we can we can enter the presence of God through our dear Saviour’s blood : )

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Romans 3:26 With a view to the demonstrating of His righteousness… so that He might be righteous and the One who justifies him who is of the faith of Jesus.
Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness for entering the Holy of Holies [where God is] in the blood of Jesus

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Whether or not a person can be a proper Christian depends on whether he understands God’s righteousness. Many people cannot live a proper Christian life because they think that their forgiveness is the result of God’s mercy. They think that God forgives them because He sees that they are hopeless. They do not realize that God’s righteousness brought about their forgiveness. Consequently, sometimes they feel that God has forgiven them, and at other times, they feel that God has not forgiven them. But we have to remember that God has given us His Son, who has borne the punishment of sin for us. Therefore, the Bible says that we can come boldly to God.

We thank and praise God that He has given us His Son. Before God gave us Jesus of Nazareth, He was free to forgive us or not forgive us. But now that He has given us Jesus of Nazareth, God cannot refuse us when we come to Him through Jesus Christ; He has to forgive us. God has to forgive those who come to Him through Christ Jesus. Hallelujah! God cannot refuse to forgive those who come to Him through Christ Jesus. Since He has given us Christ Jesus, when we come to Him through Christ, God has to forgive us whether or not He likes it. Hallelujah! We can come to God today not just because of His love, but also because of His righteousness.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 195.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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