In the corporate world, the performance reviews can be very stressful. People are afraid whether they will miss out on the bonus, or even lose their jobs.
But God is not like the world. As a believer you are fully accepted based on what Jesus Christ did on the cross for you.
The Corinthian believers were not very mature in their behavior, but God tells them their true identity in Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1 “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus”
The believers are already righteous, sanctified, holy thanks to Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 6 “you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
It is because of the Cross of Jesus Christ who took away our sins by His death and saved us by His resurrection.
1 Corinthians 1 “18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”
We may not be perfect in our behavior, and we may not be well-known in the world, but God made us believers, righteous, holy and perfect because Christ Jesus lives in us and He is our Righteousness, Sinless perfection and Holiness! It is not by our works but it is based on the grace of God for all who believe! God has already made us perfectly sinless and righteous because the sinless and perfect Christ lives in us! Therefore we boast in Jesus and not in our own works!
1 Corinthians 1 “26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
We are One with Jesus Christ because His Spirit lives in us!
1 Corinthians 6 “whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.”
Just like Jesus walked in earth filled with Holy Spirit so are we! We are the body of Christ!
1 Corinthians 6 “15 your bodies are members of Christ himself? “
1 Corinthians 12 “no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit….27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it…..your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you”
We don’t leak the Holy Spirit because of our behavior. It is because we received the Spirit of Jesus based on faith and not our works! We are forgiven all sin and became sinless by the cross. This is proven by Christ’s resurrection. The reason He lives in us because we’re sinless
What fluctuates is our personal knowledge of what Jesus has already done when we focus on behavior, earthly things, distractions!
We are already like Jesus! When we believed we became part of Christ’s death and resurrection. We received the risen Christ into our hearts.
We became alive and complete in Christ.
Nothing more is needed on this life on earth! We are spiritually enriched in every way not lacking anything spiritually because Jesus lives in us!
1 Corinthians 1 “4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When Jesus comes back in glory we will appear on glory with Him!
He will keep us blameless, sinless, holy, righteous until He returns to give us His glory!
We don’t need to do anything to become more holy or righteous or accepted by God.
All believers are fully righteous, sanctified, holy, sinless as GOD, and complete in Christ because of His death and resurrection and not our works.
There’s nothing we can do to become more than what we are already!!
We already received every spiritual blessing on the day we were born again by faith in Jesus because we received the Spirit of Christ in us who lives in us!
The only thing we look forward to is for Jesus to return and glorify us!
1 Corinthians 15 “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him…… The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory….51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
So we just keep believing in Jesus, waiting in hope for His return to see Him face-face!