Our authenticity is proven by our persevering obedience to Jesus. In other words, like repentance and faith, perseverance is necessary for our salvation.
The Christian life is one of balance and the process of living in this balance brings tension. Living in constant tension is tiring and in a desire to bring release we can find ourselves tipping the scales in favor of one emphasis over the other. I suspect that this is the cause of much of our debate and disunity in the body of Christ, and I think we would be better served by acknowledging and being satisfied with the tension rather than seeking to relieve it.
When God desired to create something in His image, He created man. When God desired to reveal Himself in His fullness, He revealed Himself as a man. Humanity is essential in displaying who God is and that fact also says a lot about who we are.
Our sin has condemned us, but that does not mean that we are without hope, for indeed “Christ has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26).
It is a blessed truth that we sing: “What can wash away our sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” These words speak of the Christian’s greatest boast—that Christ died for us and the blood that he shed has washed away our sin.