Commentary on "Self-Esteem"
Day 5: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - What God Sees
“How can we help others take the message in Luke 15 and apply it to themselves? How can we help others realize that Jesus here is talking about them personally?” (Teacher’s Quarterly, Page 108)
Would that the author had begun here. Luke 15 truly is a powerful statement of our worth in God’s eyes. I really appreciate the author’s approach.
Let me offer a non-Adventist answer to the thought questions in the Overview.
If you want to make real in your life the truth of your worth to God, then settle, once and for all, the finality of the cross and the reality of the resurrection.
At the cross Jesus forever removed sin as the cause of separation between God and humanity. He completely defeated sin by becoming sin for us. Note: Jesus never was sinful. He took to Himself the full measure of punishment that each of us deserves, and then He cried out, “It is finished!”
But the cross was not enough. We were still dead spiritually and we needed to be brought back to life. So, Jesus defeated death in His resurrection. As a result, when we accept Him as our Savior we receive the indwelling Holy Spirit AND forgiveness, a complete, eternal transaction.
There is no more forgiveness to be granted. If there was, then Jesus would need to die again. Therefore, sin never can separate me from God again. Eternal life is eternal! Once given, it never will be taken away.
When you have internalized these truths you will come to understand your true identity and have a proper self-concept.
If you believe that any part of forgiveness and salvation depends on your own performance you never will understand your true identity and you never will have a proper self-concept.
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