Imagine that Christ had died once, for all. What would that mean?
Imagine: We could reckon ourselves dead to sin. Sin would no more have a hold on our lives.
Imagine that Christ had died and that he knew that our nature was to sin and that he made provision for that in giving us a new nature; that would be amazing wouldn’t it?
Imagine that God knew that sin would still be present in us and that he took that into account and said that as we sinned grace would increase to cover that sin.
Imagine that; it would be like instant healing, no more running to mommy for a band aid: Sin, instantly covered by the wonder of grace; that would be amazing. But that would be impossible because that would mean that you would be free of guilt. I mean, it stands to reason, if sin is forgiven and covered by God’s grace before it appeared you would never have to fear being hit by a bus after seeing the Vickers’s knickers.
The implication of this is mind boggling; it would mean the end of the sacrificial system. The Jews would no longer have to bring their sacrifices to the temple on a daily basis, (I wonder why that stopped so suddenly 2000 years ago) the end of priests in churches, no need for more endless sacrificing of Christ on altars.
Imagine no more guilt; no more singing ‘Father I have sinned’.
Imagine no more running to confession. No more thinking of you as a filthy, decrepit, black hearted, sinner.
Imagine: When your heart condemns you, knowing that God is greater than your heart?
Imagine: You would have discovered the mystery of godliness. You would be a new creature, almost as if you had God Almighty dwelling within you; almost like being in Christ. But that could not be; for that to happen you would have to be a new creation, having passed from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light without having paid for your sin on the cross of guilt and shame.
Imagine: Your sin forgiven; past, present and future when you gave yourself to Christ; that would be like saying that there was nothing left for you to do; no more purgatory or sacrifice for sin, just a sacrifice of praise.
Imagine: Redeemed from the devil’s slave market by the blood of Christ.
Imagine: No more sin in your life ever again: you would be ‘the forgiven’, unreproveable, unblameable and perfect in Christ; There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.
Imagine being absolutely sure of your salvation, never scared of the knock on the door in the night season when your faith is low.
Imagine knowing that even when you slip and fall there is an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled that will not fade away because it is kept for you in heaven because you are not kept by your own power but by the power of God Almighty. Imagine!
Imagine being able to come to the Father in perfect confidence knowing that you are (present tense) justified in Christ. You and I know that it could not be, but indulge a grey beard for a minute and imagine: Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
Imagine how boastful we would be in Christ, we might even say that we are the righteousness of God in Christ.
Imagine. No more religion, just Christianity.