Grace For The Journey
In an old Dennis the Menace cartoon, Dennis is holding a handful of beautiful flowers and he asks Mr. Wilson, “How can something so pretty and clean come out of the dirt?”
When you think about it, that question applies to every Christian! I have a word of great encouragement for you, taken from these magnificent words from John, the Beloved Apostle:
“. . . And the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Notice that John did not say that Jesus’ blood “will cleanse us from all sin” or “shall cleanse us from all sin,” but rather Christ’s blood does cleanse us from all sin! The Greek verb katharizo, which our English Bibles render as “cleanses” or “purifies,” is in the present tense, meaning that the blood of Jesus “is continually cleansing” us from all sin! Take this truth to heart, believer, because in it you will discover a joy that can be found in no other place. All those who have placed their trust in Christ’s atoning sacrifice were cleansed at the moment of salvation, and they continue to be cleansed each day, moment by moment, in spite of the dirt that still remains.
I meet far too many Christians who have never fully appropriated this truth. Because you and I are sinners, both by nature and by habit, we still have some remaining “dirt,” even after we have, by grace through faith, been cleansed from all unrighteousness. Many Christians are acutely aware of their ongoing unrighteousness; they hope to be cleansed . . . someday. They hope to be forgiven of all of their sins . . . someday. They hope to enter into their eternal rest . . . someday.
Yet this “hope” is actually a false gospel! The hope that Scripture exhorts us to embrace is a confident expectation, not the tenuous hope expressed by phrases like, “I hope it won’t rain tomorrow” or “I hope God will forgive me for all I’ve done.” Christian believer, read these words and hold fast to them:
The Bible tells us that
The blood of Jesus Christ
Washed us clean from all sin
And we have His Word on it!
Whenever it is that we come to our Savior and Lord, our past sins are forgiven … Whenever we come to Him in our daily relationship with Him as Savior and Lord, our present sins are forgiven when we confess them and ask forgiveness for them … And, whenever we come to Him in the future as we live for Him as Savior and Lord, our future sins will be forgiven when we confess them and ask forgiveness for them.
God’s glorious promise assures us that we are not cleansed from “some” sins, or “most” sins, but from all sin! This amazing promise from God is anchored in His Word just two verse later. In 1 John 1:9, God says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” As we confess our sins past, present sins, and those sins still to come – we have God’s Word that He has forgiven us and we are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb of God, who paid the full and final price for all our sins.
Take a moment to think about this truth!
It will give you a peace that passes all understanding and provide for you a joy unspeakable and full of Glory!
We should carry no baggage from our past, which is one of the sharpest darts that Satan employs to pierce our hearts and cause us to focus more on ourselves than our Savior.
Satan would have loved for Peter to carry the baggage of denying Christ three times during that awful night of Jesus’ betrayal. Peter could have been so burdened with guilt and shame that he would never have been able to get on with God’s plan for his life. But Jesus made sure Peter’s past would not define his present or future. Asking Peter three times if he loved Him (John 21:15-17) was our Lord’s way of telling Peter (and us) that his three denials had been cleansed by the atoning blood of the Lamb.
Christian, you and I deny Christ every day!
- We deny Him with our anxiety and anger.
- We deny Him with our self-righteousness and self-centeredness.
- We deny Him with our unbelief and unforgiveness.
The record of our sins is much, much longer than you and I could ever imagine, and it should cause us to do as Peter did – to grieve about it and weep bitterly. Yet, regardless of how many or how terrible our sins are, as we confess them and ask forgiveness for them, “the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all of them!”
That fountain filled with blood, drawn from Emmanuel’s vein removes both the sinful baggage of our past and the sinful failures in our present and future, which frees us to walk by faith and confidence into the Promised Life that God has set before us. Yes, dear believer, you and I are clean and beautiful, just like Dennis the Menace’s beautiful flowers – in spite of our dirt – and that is a truth that leads us to appreciate grace and truly sets us free.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”