“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
Yesterday, we established the fact that God is not intimidated by our flaws. We learnt about His commitment to redeeming man from sin, and enabling him for ministry despite his flaws. We also learnt that God assumed the liability of Adam’s transgressions and fixed it in Christ.
Today, we’ll look at some examples from scriptures. The first thing to take note of is the fact that there was absolutely no one used of God in the Old Testament scripture whose flaw was mentioned in the gospels or epistles. Not Samson, Solomon, or even Rahab. All that was mentioned about them was their faith.
Consider Apostle Peter. Although Jesus had forewarned him about it, he went on to deny Jesus after His arrest, yet when Jesus rose from the dead, we see Him make no mention of that event, instead He gives Peter the charge to take care of the flock of God (John 21: 15-17). This is something worth thinking about!
Let’s look at another person whose past Jesus handled with grace.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
The scribes and Pharisee tried to make Jesus sanction the death of a woman because she had committed adultery. But His loving and forgiving heart would not let that go through.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Her accusers left because they had all sinned, but Jesus who, being sinless, had the right to stone her Himself did not. He instead goes on to tell her “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
Apostle Paul also displayed this kind of heart and disposition in his letter to Philemon. He charged Philemon to handle Onesimus’ past with grace (Philemon 1:12, 15-16).
Onesimus might have been a thief, Mary – a prostitute, Paul – a terrorist, yet we see God’s grace displayed in full measure towards all of them. God is not intimidated by our past. He handles the past with His loving mercy and grace, we must do same!