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2/7/2014

For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matt. 26:28 (NKJV)

When evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791) was returning home from a service one night, he was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature. As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, "Stop! I have something more to give you." The surprised robber paused. "My friend," said Wesley, "you may live to regret this sort of life. If you ever do, here's something to remember: 'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!'" The thief hurried away, and Wesley prayed that his words might bear fruit.

Years later, Wesley was greeting people after a Sunday service when he was approached by a stranger. What a surprise to learn that this visitor, now a believer in Christ as a successful businessman, was the one who had robbed him years before! "I owe it all to you," said the transformed man. "Oh no, my friend," Wesley exclaimed, "not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!"  1

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

All too often - even as Christians - we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters.  Forgiveness is a cornerstone of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  If we feel the blood of Jesus cannot cleanse others completely for their sin then we must reason it cannot cleanse us completely either.  And if this is true then what pitiable souls we are.

Thankfully God’s Word clearly teaches Jesus died for the sins of the world.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  And as we continue to walk in the light, His blood continues to cleanse us. 

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7(NKJV)
We have been forgiven much, and shown much mercy as well.  We should be equally willing to forgive this much, and show this type of mercy to others.

 STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 8:1, what are we blessed with once we have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior and confessed our sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself looking at another Christian and holding something against them from the past?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s not bring up the past sin of others and use it against them.  God’s mercies are new each day, and we are never to sit in judgment of someone else’s past transgressions.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your complete forgiveness, regardless of our past.  Thanks for giving us the peace of mind to know for certainty that our sins have been blotted out, never to be remembered by You.  We pray for those who are in pain because of Satan’s lies and condemnation. We pray they may see the truth of Your Word, and receive Your peace that surpasses all understanding.  Father as they come to You please erase the pain from their past mistakes and replace it with the blessed hope of their salvation and inheritance in You.  We ask these things in Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



1 Our Daily Bread, October 1, 1994.



 

 


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