Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Debt Has Been Paid

Many nations, businesses and people have debts they cannot pay. It appears to me that debt is a serious problem in our day and time. I think the same is true in the spiritual area.

Romans 3:23 is clear when it says, “all sinned.” And this sin leaves us with a debt to pay. There is a judgment against us and the sentence is spiritual death, separation from the life God gives and ultimate result is all forms of death that exist in our lives: sickness, poverty, hate, war and more.

The good news is that there is a completely, sufficient solution. Romans 6:23 reminds us that God’s gift is eternal life because of Christ Jesus. This is confirmed in John 3:16, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

How did God do this? He sent his son, Jesus. “He appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.” (1 John 3:5) God took away our sins. Now we owe Him nothing. Jesus fulfilled the demands of justice.

HOW SUFFICIENT WAS THIS WORK OF GOD? How far has God separated us from our sins? Psalms 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” There is more and the results are actually even better. Isaiah 43:25 declares, “I am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Our sins have been erased [Spanish translation]. They are not there; they were removed from us. God forgave us and cleansed us from all evil (1 John 1:9).

We are totally forgiven and cleansed. We have been set free! Thank you LORD.

Since our hearts have been made free from a guilty conscience and the weight of sin, let’s go into God’s presence with confidence and a sincere hearts in full assurance of faith. [a combination of ideas expressed in Hebrews 10:22, NIV and BBE translations]

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