“…For all my sin!”

During my time of “coffee with the Lord” I’ve been reading and reflecting on Apostle John’s account of the crucifixion – what Jesus went through at the hands of sinful men on our behalf to provide for our salvation! (John 18-19) Oh, what Jesus went through on our behalf! He, the holy, innocent one, suffered so much on our behalf!

Then I also read these words in Hebrews 10 this morning…

“It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins! Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” (Quoted from Psalm 40:6-8)

“When he said the above, he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will!” … And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (From Hebrews 10:4-10)

I’m so grateful that he fulfilled the prophetic word for us all! As I reflected on His sacrifice today on our behalf the words of this wonderful old gospel song came to mind…

“It was his love for meThat nailed him to the tree

To die in agony for all my sin.

For my own guilt and blame

The Great Redeemer came,

Willing to bear the shame

Of all my sin.

“To Calvary’s hill one day

The Lord was led away;

None else the price could pay

For all my sin.

He on the cross was slain,

Yielding his life in pain;

He felt the bitter stain

Of all my sin.

“Was ever love so strong,

Was ever crime so wrong,

When Jesus suffered long

For all my sin?

He saw my greatest need,

Became my Friend indeed,

Through him I have been freed

Of all my sin.

CHORUS:

“Oh, what a Savior is mine,

In him God’s mercies combine;

His love can never decline,

And he loves me!”

Norman J. Clayton, 1943

There’s self-satisfied clean – and then there’s “God-Clean!”

There’s a joke in our family about cleaning… Goes like this: There is what other people consider “clean” – and then there is “Sharon clean!” Let me tell you, my wife is a thorough cleaner! We moved into a house that had been “cleaned” by those who lived there before us… Not acceptable for Sharon! … Under the frig, behind the stove, top closet shelves, behind the toilet… “It’s filthy!” she exclaimed! Not “Sharon clean!”

And there’s “self-satisfied clean” – even “self-righteous – religiously clean” and “God-clean” … NOT the same thing! In fact, God’s assessment of the “self-satisfied, the self-righteous” – even the “religiously-clean” – goes like this… “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags!” (Isaiah 64:6 NIV)

So this morning during my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord” I read about “God-clean!”

“When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands… He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place ONCE FOR ALL by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption! The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who were ceremonially unclean sanctified them so that they were outwardly clean. HOW MUCH MORE, THEN, WILL THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, CLEANSE OUR CONSCIENCES FROM ACTS THAT LEAD TO DEATH, SO THAT WE MAY SERVE THE LIVING GOD!” (From Hebrews 9:11–14 NIV)

“God-clean!” Not simply outwardly clean… ceremonially clean… or reformed clean – “God-cleaned” – clean “inside-out!” Think of it – our “consciences” scrubbed clean though the “precious blood of Jesus” so we may “serve the Living God!” 1 John 1:7 declares “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN!” And another declaration from the Bible about the possibility of being “God-clean” through Jesus Christ: “He made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM!” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Gotta tell you… I want to be “God-clean!”

Did you miss the 1st week of “Digging Deeper” online Bible study?

Good news!!!  If you missed the first week’s study in “Digging Deeper” here is the link to access it!  https://bibleengagementproject.com/diggingdeeper 

You can get the taped version of the Zoom webinar and the note-taking device for it at this location.  Just click the button on the week you missed.  You can also enroll/register for the upcoming “Digging Deeper” studies there.  I’m looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s study with you… Psalm 19 (one more introductory study focusing on the importance of God’s Word!) 

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