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Transition to Transformation



Reading: Romans Chapter 5

By Melody Keena


Sin entered our world when Adam and Eve sinned.  Their sin separated them from God and we inherited our tendency to sin from them.  God gave the law to Moses, not to save people by following it, but to show us how sinful we really are.  So there was nothing man could do to fix the sin problem and advert the penalty for it, death. But God was not satisfied with the broken relationship with man.  God in His mercy (not treating us as we deserved) sent Jesus to pay the death penalty for us.  God then freely offers this gift of His grace (unmerited favor) – access to Him – to all of His rebellious children.  We call it reconciliation because God takes His enemies and brings them into peaceful relationship (no more hostility) with Him. 

"Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight without blemish and free from accusation" (Colossians 1:21-22 niv).

It is a two-step process: first He made a way and offered it, and second we believe and accept what God has already done.  Once we accept this transition to citizens of His Kingdom, God begins His transfusion of new life in us.  Paul uses the word justification to describe the initial process which simply means God sees us just as if we had never sinned.

"Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight without blemish and free from accusation" (Colossians 1:21-22 niv).

Justification brings: peace – no more sin blocking our relationship with God and hope – confidence that God is in control now and we will live with Him forever. But God is still not satisfied so He gives us His Holy Spirit to live in us and transform us.  Part of that transformation process come when we suffer or face trails in this life. 

We rejoice in suffering not because pain in itself is good, but because it is the engraver's tool with which God creates lines of beauty on the life. Kenneth J. Foreman

God uses the trials to teach us patience and perseverance – as we learn to trust His more.  Then He deepens our character, matures us, by transforming our motives and attitudes on the inside so we reflect Him on the outside.  That serves to grow our faith and cement our hope in God.  When God is free to transform us: faith replaces doubt, hope replaces despair, and love replaces hate (unforgiveness). God continues His transformation of us, as long as we continue to allow Him, until we die and go to heaven.  It is a relationship that should grow deeper and wider with time as we remain obedient. 

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