Reading N. T. Wright’s Evil and the Justice of God, I was encouraged by these words:
“This is where the personal meaning of the cross becomes very clear. There will be a time when I–even I, sinner that I am!–will be totally sinless, when God has completed the work of grace within me. But I already enjoy, in anticipation of that future fact, forgiveness in the present and the new life of the Spirit that is made available precisely when Jesus has been ‘glorified’ by being ‘lifted up’ on the cross (John 7:39, 20:22).” (Wright, N. T. Evil and the Justice of God. Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006, p. 96).
Isn’t that encouraging. I can hardly imagine myself with nothing coming between God and me, nothing in me to be embarrassed, ashamed and guilty about. The reality, as Wright puts it, is that this is exactly how the Father sees me in the Son…right now!