Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. Psalms 32:1-2 (NIV)
Our God forgives believers in sweet Jesus fully and freely through His blood shed on the cross. He became the sacrifice Who took away our sins. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God,” the Apostle Paul pens in 2 Corinthians 5:21. When God looks down upon believers in Jesus He sees the righteousness of Christ and not the filthy rags of our own doings. Cleansed is a refreshing word is it not? And we can run to the foot of the cross every day (and all throughout the day) to be washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. We do well to keep our accounts short with the Master as wallowing in sin breaks the flow of our relationship with Him – and that is always to our harm.
Sin has never been our friend. It kills, destroys, pillages and brings death. And we are all sinners. Each.one.of.us. Our iniquities laid heavy upon us, clinging to us like tar with no remedy - nothing we could muster up in the flesh could cover the stain. Our hands remaining soiled from the filth of it all. But Jesus. What a blessing to be able to fall at the feet of grace that moved so freely towards such vile sinners as us. And now, because of Jesus’ merciful sacrifice, the iniquities of believers are no longer clinging but are as far from them as the east is from the west. “Amazing love, how can it be that thou my God shouldst die for me,” Wesley writes in his great hymn.
Christ’s sacrifice is fully effective, His blood covering all sins – past, present, future and without exception – even to extending to all sins forthcoming. What costs our Lord so greatly we should never take lightly, Amen? Indeed, woe to the man who meets a just God without a Mediator. If you care about your soul, run to Jesus Who turns away no one but lovingly embraces all who come to Him. Happy is the one who can say at death’s door, “Forgiven”! No sin can stand before the effectiveness of His blood.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NIV)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NIV)
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)