It’s one of those weird things, like the fact the fire needs oxygen and hydrogen is highly flammable, but when you put two parts hydrogen together with one part oxygen, you can put out fire – except grease fires; those have to be smothered. Likewise, for us to be cleansed of our sins, we need the blood of Christ.
Once we accept that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead so that we may be made right with God, we are brought into a new life.
Hebrews 12:23 (NLT)
23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect.
Perfect!?! We have been made perfect. Funny, I don’t feel perfect. Here is what Charles Spurgeon has to say about it in his year long devotional, Morning and Evening:
“Recollect that there are two kinds of perfection which the Christian needs–the perfection of justification in the person of Jesus, and the perfection of sanctification wrought in him by the Holy Spirit. At present, corruption yet remains even in the breasts of the regenerate–experience soon teaches us this. Within us are still lusts and evil imaginations. But I rejoice to know that the day is coming when God shall finish the work which he has begun; and he shall present my soul, not only perfect in Christ, but perfect through the Spirit, without spot or blemish, or any such thing.
…When I cross the Jordan, the work of sanctification will be finished; but not till that moment shall I even claim perfection in myself. Then my spirit shall have its last baptism in the Holy Spirit’s fire.
…Yet let not the hope of perfection hereafter make us content with imperfection now. If it does this, our hope cannot be genuine; for a good hope is a purifying thing, even now. The work of grace must be abiding in us now or it cannot be perfected then. Let us pray to ‘be filled with the Spirit,’ that we may bring forth increasingly the fruits of righteousness.”