1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
It has been quite revealing what this time of quarantine has done to our world. All sports are postponed, and nonessential businesses are closed. Places of amusement and entertainment have been shut down.
The fashion industry has no one to impress or show off their latest creation. Advertising for destination vacations is illogical at this moment.
We may want a diversion for a time, but we are thrust into a situation where we must focus on our lives and our relationships.
We now live at home until the threat of this virus is gone, or an antidote is found.
So, you may ask why this verse stuck out today.
The one and only appearance we should focus on is how our Savior views us.
John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
The very fact that God sees right through me and knows who I am and where I stand leaves me exposed and naked before Him. It is humbling to know, but also comforting. I cannot ‘put one over’ on God. He sees right through me.
Just as Jesus answered the questions the Pharisees never spoke, He knows the very thoughts of my heart and can talk to them about it if I come honestly and openly to Him.
We often neglect to come to God because we feel He may reject us for what we’ve done. In the promise that He will never leave nor forsake us, the Word of God speaks of nothing a saved child of God can do to lose their place or position with Him.
All sins are forgiven when I trust Christ. Past, present, and future sins are all under the blood. On top of that, He chooses to put my sin as far as the east is from the west, in the depths of the sea where no man has ever been, behind His back, and most importantly, He chooses to remember them no more.
If I try to appear righteous on my own, I cannot. The only true righteousness I possess is that which has been imputed to me by Jesus Christ.
Abraham was saved because he believed in the coming Messiah – God’s provision for redemption.
Romans 4:23-25 “Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
We, too, can believe and receive the righteousness that Abraham received. In doing so, we are seen as righteous before a holy God. Not because of anything we’ve done but because the righteousness of Christ has been imputed to us.
When I approach the throne room of God, I come in the covering of righteousness afforded me through salvation in Jesus Christ, not in my good deeds.
Titus 3:5-7 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
That word ‘justified’ is wonderful. It means I appear before God “just as if I had never sinned.” There exists no soap or cleanser that can wash my sins as the blood of Jesus can.
Think about it. Blood, staining agent, can wash my sins to appear before God as holy, righteous, justified, and cleansed thoroughly and wholly before my Father. He made the way through His Son’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Not only that, but He also offers it to us as a gift, freely.
That look or appearance is what should consume our thoughts.
“Am I seen as righteous before God?” If you have not received the gift of salvation and become a saved child of God, you need to click here.
If you are His child and are struggling with sin, do not believe the condemning voices that tell you you are unacceptable, unworthy, or rejected. Jesus’ work on the cross was complete enough to not only save us but keep us saved.
As mentioned before, God so desires to have a close, personal, intimate fellowship with us. He made the way clear for all of His children to have the opportunity to come.
We have the time.
We have the opportunity.
Will we take this opportunity to appear before His throne?
Will we take the time for confession and repentance?
A time of fellowship?
A time of praise and worship?
Let us covenant together to not just make an appearance, but live in His presence.