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Sometimes we may feel so bad.. so
etc. We feel as though God can't possibly look
upon us and accept us.
The truth is we used to be bad, proud, selfish,
.all of those things, but now that we are saved we are no longer:-
Our old sinful nature was beyond reforming, it could not be patched up and made better it had to be done away with altogether. Romans 6 says that God destroyed this sinful nature. He did so by crucifying us. Let us look at the scripture:- "Knowing this that our old man is crucified with him that the body of sin might be destroyed that henceforth we should not serve sin" (Romans 6 v 6).
We were crucified when Jesus hung on the cross, at this time we were placed in Him. This is stated in Romans 6 v 3,4 & 5. This is quite incredible to think that we were in Jesus when He died and our old nature which was totally submerged with sin was destroyed. We do not necessarily have to understand this, but just know that's what the bible says. (See also Galatians 2 v 20). So the bad part of us has been taken away, destroyed.
JESUS OUR LIFE
But God didn't just deliver us from sin and leave it at that. If He had done we would have been in the position that Adam was in before he sinned, innocent, but nothing more. No righteousness, no holiness. What God did is He gave us Jesus. Now Jesus lives in us (Colossians 1 v 27). Because we have Jesus we have His life (1 John 5 vs. 11 & 12).
Not only does Jesus live in us, but we also
live in Him: -
When we realise that Jesus is our righteousness (1Corinthians 1 v 30) the foundation of our thinking changes. We understand that our righteousness is not obtained by doing good things and refraining from bad things, but Jesus is our righteousness. (Philippians 3 v 9)
But one might question "If the old sinful
nature has been destroyed how is it that Christians can still sin (as shown in
1 John 1 vs 8 & 9)"? The answer to this is that although we have been
delivered from the old nature, sin, which is 'alien' to us, can abide in our
souls if we allow it to. Back to Romans ch 6:-
Finally, wonderful and important as this truth is let us not place too much emphasis on it at the expense of all other truths and doctrines in the bible; a mistake which I have made in the past.
Incidentally the Holy Spirit does not tend to make sweeping generalised statements like "You are proud". When He convicts us He reminds us of some specific incident when we acted or thought proudly, so that we repent of that wrong thing we have done.