The Good News of the Judgment
||God's Mercy in the Judgment Hour
Christians are trusting in the imputed perfection that Christ reckons to us. This is where our perfection is, in Christ. We all have besetting tendencies to sin. My sinful inclinations and faults may be in a different area than other Christians, but we all have to admit our faults to one another. I have never met a sinless Christian and I doubt that you have either. We are all wrestling with our sinful natures. We are all struggling to overcome in the power of the Spirit. NONE of us are the people that we SHOULD be, but thanks be to God we are NOT the people we were in the past. As we grow in grace and a knowledge of Christ, maturity DOES take place eventhough we may barely notice it.
In my own life as I look back on my past since I became a Christian, I frequently say to myself, "how could I have been so hardhearted and unkind. How could I have committed all that sin?" Even after I became a repentant believing Christian I have said and done things that I am totally ashamed of.
We Christians are always groaning within ourselves as the Spirit opens our eyes and ears to see the sin in our lives. The older we get, the more our praise to God increases for His marvelous mercy and goodness to the "chief of sinners" that we all feel ourselves to be. When we get to heaven we will all cast our crowns at His feet and sing the song of Moses that He ALONE is worthy for He alone is the good and perfectly righteous. We are always debtors, not to the holy Law of God, but rather to His infinite unmerited grace and forgiving love for His faltering fumbling children.
The fact is Caitlyn, that even after we overcome one besetting sin, the Spirit reveals more and more of our carnal natures. There never is a point in our lives where we will be able to feel that we have arrived to the perfection to which we are called. Higher than our thoughts can even reach is God's ideal for His children. But the Spirit comforts us in our infirmities and points us to the cross of Christ so that we never despair of eternal life which is by grace ALONE.
You ask "am I overlooking something?" I don't think that you are "overlooking" something but just like all of us we all need to be trusting more in the finished atoning work of Christ and find more and more of our peaceful rest in His imputed perfection. The more that we trust in His "imputed" righteousness, the more we will be filled with the Spirit and walk in His imparted righteousness. The more that we walk in His imparted righteousness, the more we will trust ONLY in His imputed righteousness.