Sunday, October 7, 2007

Beleieve It and Be Happy!

According to this gracious covenant [New Covenant], the Lord treats His people as if they had never sinned. Practically, He forgets all their trespasses. Sins of all kinds treats as if they had never been; as if they were quite erased from His memory. O miracle of grace! God here does that which in certain aspects is impossible to Him. His mercy works miracles which far transcends all other miracles. Our God ignores our sin now that the sacrifice of Jesus has ratified the covenant. We may rejoice in Him without fear that He will be provoked to anger against us because of our iniquities. See! He puts us among the children; He accepts us as righteous; He takes delight in us as if we were perfectly holy. He even puts us in places of trust; makes us guardians of His honor, trustees of crown jewels, stewards of the gospel. He counts us worthy, and gives us a ministry ; this is the highest and most special proof that He does not remember our sins. Even when we forgive an enemy, we are very slow to trust him; we judge it to be imprudent to do so. But the Lord forgets our sins, and treats us as if we had never erred.O my soul, what a promise is this! Believe it and be happy. - Charles H. Spurgeon

1 comment:

Joel Brueseke said...

Excellent words from Spurgeon!

If Jesus "takes away" our sin, quite literally, then how can God remember our sin? If "love keeps no record of wrongs," and if "God is love," then how can God keep a record of our wrongs!

And as these words here point out, not only does He take our sin away, but He gives us His own righteousness and treats us as His own child and not as a servant. We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. This is impossible for sinners, but fully possible for those who God has made saints by His own doing.