DayBreaks for 08/31/11 – You Have Forgotten Some
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. – 1 Peter 1:18-19
I love this story about how the devil once came to Martin Luther and tried to use the biblical truth about our sinfulness and our fallible nature as Christians to create in Luther a spirit of discouragement and defeat. He presented Luther with a long list of sins which Luther was guilty of; sins of commission and sins of omission. Then Luther with his characteristic wit turned to the devil and said, “No, you must have forgotten some, for sure. Think a little harder.” Sure enough, the devil thought of some more, and he put them down. “That’s very fine,” said Luther. “Now write with red ink across them all, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin’ (1 John 1:7).” There was nothing the devil could answer to that.
Do you believe 1 John 1:7? Do you believe that you have been cleansed from ALL sin? God paid a tremendous ransom for you…do you think He’ll just throw that out as having been useless, or that He will keep that which He’s purchased?
What does it mean that we’ve been cleansed from all sin? It most certainly doesn’t mean that we don’t still sin…James is clear that if anyone says he doesn’t sin then he is a liar. It must mean that though we still sin, we have been cleansed of all of it already through our confession of Christ.
We have been cleansed from all sin…we have been cleansed from all sin…we have been cleansed from all sin. We need to repeat that over and over until it settles in and takes root.
PRAYER: We wrestle to accept our cleansing, Lord, because of our continued failures. When the enemy tries to discourage us, may we answer with the truth of Your Word, that we have been cleansed from all sin! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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