This is what God gave me today in his word:
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil. (Jeremiah 13:23)
Well I suppose there’s no hope then. We’re all doomed to eternity in Hell… Unless leopards and Ethiopians has suddenly gotten chameleon abilities. Which they haven’t last I checked. — Why would God give us no hope? Why would he make it impossible for all those accustomed to doing evil (everyone) to be saved? Because after all everyone knows that we have to be good to get into Heaven.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Well sure, but that doesn’t change the fact that we can’t do good, it’s impossible! We’re all used to doing evil from birth.
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
So you’re saying, even though a leopard may not be able to change its spots, and likewise no one can do good of his own accord, we can still be saved because God can actually do the good through us? … But even so, as the verse in Jeremiah stated; its impossible for us to do good, even though God is working in us.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
So there is still hope! Grace is enough even for us… In fact, God’s power is made “perfect”, (or; all the more clear) in our weakness!
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20)
So what’s the conclusion? Even though a Leopard can’t change it’s spots, and a person can’t change his sin stains, Christ can change both.
You are loved!