When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted. –John 16:8-11
This is really simple. There is an erroneous view of sin, righteousness and judgment and it needs to be exposed and corrected by the Holy Spirit. The correction is written right there and the scriptures are connected to other scriptures in the Bible to help you get an idea of what it’s talking about. I do that for you, but I only use about half of the supporting scriptures just because I try to keep it somewhat simple so I don’t bore you. I could study this stuff indefinitely, but I’m almost positive that I’m a nerd.
I already covered the erroneous view of sin: Everything we do wrong is sin, but not all sin leads to death. The sin that leads to death is not believing that Jesus is the savior. You can blossom that thought process out to what He accomplished and what that means. Try not to drown Him out with stipulations and other things that put a ‘…but,…’ after His name. If you get the foundation right, then the other things find their place. The only solid belief foundation is Jesus (grace, mercy, love). The rest is entirely personal because it’s all about the lesson and not so much about the comfort level and participant cognition. You don’t have to ‘get’ what’s happening to you. Frustrating at times, exciting at others.
If you can stop being terrified of losing Jesus or messing up your relationship with Him, then you can be freed up to experience more of what it means to live inside that biased bubble of impenetrable grace. With that kind of joy and freedom, you can focus more on the love level of others and try to be the difference in their lives. I have a utopian view of universal peace, love, acceptance and unity. I think we have it in us, we just need to believe we have that level of freedom.
Because we do…
Use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. –Galatians 5:13-14
‘Righteousness comes from above, where [Jesus is] with the Father, out of their sight and control.‘ I love this because you don’t have to do this on your own. You don’t have to do it at all. Your basic belief in Jesus gets you in on the whole righteousness thing. He even one-up’s it. He’s tucked your ‘righteousness’ away with Him and no one can touch or control it. It still has the tags on.
The whole world can think the worst of you and expect the worst from you and you might even deliver every once in a while, but they don’t get to take what God has given away from you. No matter how bad you’ve been. What’s crazy about this whole God thing is He loves to take the one’s everybody gives up on and make them His personal favorite. He’s biased and preferential and the obvious qualifications don’t work in His world. The last picked are first picked. The least become the greatest. He does this so that you can never look at your own hands and your own feet and brag about your own scars.
He takes unlikely and pours His wisdom into their psyche. He takes the whore off the street and repeatedly refers to her as ‘Virgin.’ He takes the disapproved and seals them with approval. He takes the broken and redeems them for new. And not a single person can sit in judgement over another, can raise themselves higher than another nor can they dismiss as damaged goods another because anything worth bragging about isn’t theirs to brag about.
God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God,righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” -1 Corinthians 1:27-31