For this bible study I want to address the Christian as well as give hope to the unbeliever. What do you see when you look in the mirror? If you were to take a moment and examine your heart, what do you find there? Yes, we are all sinners and as scripture reads, “there is no one that is good.” However, as a Christ follower, scripture also tells that Christ lives in us. God lives in you. So, again, what do you see? You are holy and set apart. We sing a song in church that cries out, “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Insuppressible power resides in your body. My proposal to you is that who you are now is who you are.
A believer in Christ is not oppressed by their past. They are not even recognized by their past at least in the eyes of God. 2 Corinthians 16-19:
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
We are to see ourselves and others in the spirit. The previous scripture states that we are a new creature and that the old things have passed away. As well, God does not hold the trespasses against us. As a matter of a fact, Psalm 102 states, that our transgressions have been removed as far as the east is from the west. I understand that to be a long way away. I also understand that to mean that if I believe that there is a true God and creator of this world and he sees me as a new creature then what I see in the mirror today is a new and holy being. I can see this renewed being everyday as His mercies are new each morning. We are flawed while in the flesh but when this mess passes away all that will remain is the new creature that Christ made. For Galatians 2:20 confirms this theory by saying;
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
The world will always perceive things differently than Christ. The final chapter of the gospel of John paints a wonderful picture for this study. In John 21, Jesus shows himself to the disciples after his resurrection. An intense and intimate conversation happens between himself and Simon Peter. Jesus asks him three times if he loves Him. As well, three times, Jesus tells Peter to guide His people. What makes this encounter so amazing is that previously Peter had publically denied Christ three times. Even though Peter had believed in Christ he still clung to the world and at the time feared man. At a time when the person of Christ needed Peter the most he denied him to the people in fear of his own flesh and blood. However, Christ finds Peter after the crucifixion and resurrection and fully accepts him not only as a son and daughter of the most high but a primary mover of His gospel.
Believe in Jesus and God will take you right where you are and make you a new creature. Your sins will be forgiven and the eyes of the creator of the universe will see you as sanctified. You past is exactly that. It is the past. You are who you are at this moment. If His mercies are continually renewed then so can my outlook on myself. Every day is a new day and an opportunity. For as our first verse in Corinthians stated, we are reconciled to God and are given the ministry of reconciliation.