Holiness knows no do-overs. When I meet my Creator, I cannot call a mulligan. Good is pure, or it is not good. The minute we look to anything else other than God for good, we have turned from holiness and toward evil. Period. No second chance.
But he gives us something better.
He gives us his own holiness. He gives us himself! The holy God of the universe has condescended down to us, was born a babe, fulfilled all righteousness as the second Adam, bore the curse of sin for all his beloved to the point of death, was buried, and three days later rose from the dead. “He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time…Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles” (1 Cor. 15: 5-7). He ascended to the right hand of the Father where he is now interceding on behalf of the saints.
I didn’t get a second chance to earn salvation for myself. I got a second Adam to earn salvation for me. As the first Adam was created by the breath of God, my Creator has breathed new life into me with his powerful, glorious Word. Now he is transforming me into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Amen and praise God!
Because I would have spent my second chance 37 years ago (did I mention I am 37?). How many chances would I need to make it to eternity before the face of God on the new heavens and the new earth? There aren’t enough. I wouldn’t last a second.
I don’t know a God of second chances. Let’s face it, the second chance is cheap. The second Adam is priceless.