1 Corinthians 1:30-31  For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

The only thing you can boast about is what God has so unexpectedly and undeservedly done in your life. So here is your new song

Christ made us right with God;

he made us pure and holy,

and he freed us from sin. 

That is the transforming outcome of being chosen by God, united with Christ, and made a new person. The Good News is not about me becoming a better person or working myself up to be a good person – whatever that might mean. It is all about what God has already done. As Paul writes in this section of Romans: “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.  So, God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.  Now that really is Good News isn’t it!