I know some of you will have a hard time accepting that you are now holy before God, a living sacrifice, and that our holy God is always happy with you.
When I teach about the bridal paradigm in conferences, I ask this question:
“Is God holy?”
Of course everyone responds, “Yes, He is holy.”
I then ask, “What does holy mean?”
They respond typically with, “He is perfect. He hates sin. He is righteous. He is lacking in nothing.”
“Okay, where does this holy God choose to reside? Where does He choose to live?”
They all respond with vigor, “He lives in each believer!”
Ah…this is true! God is holy, and since He is holy, He had to make the place in which He would live holy, too. The issue is not whether God can be around sin or darkness, but rather it is that darkness is dispelled the moment He shows up and is replaced with His glorious and powerful light. God chooses to dwell in you.
…that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you (John 14:7 NASB).
Something supernatural happened to each of us the moment we received Christ as our Savior. We were moved from darkness to light; we became a brand-new creation that is holy, righteous, and lacking in nothing. Something came into existence that never existed before. You were dead in your trespasses, and God brought you from death into life. You have become born again (see John 3:3). You are now, and forevermore, holy.
Listen to Paul clearly state this reality: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17 NIV). Believers are a new kind of creature in Christ; they are neither Jew nor Gentile. There are two Greek words that scholars have translated as “new” in English, kaine and néos. The word néos means “new in time” but kaine means a brand-new creation, as opposed to one that is renewed or improved over time.
In Second Corinthians 5:17, the word kaine is used, meaning we are now a brand-new creation. A true supernatural experience has occurred in each believer. The Holy Spirit of God has taken up residency in each believer. Thus, we have become a brand-new creation.