"...not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith" - Philippians 3:9
Friday, June 17, 2011
"He beholds us without sin..."
“There is only one thing in the world that blots out sins. It is not our acts of contrition, not our repentance, not our alms or our good works. It is not even our prayers. It is the blood of Jesus Christ: ‘the blood of Jesus Christ … cleanses us from all sin’ (1 John 1:7).
All sin that the blood of Jesus Christ has covered is forever annihilated before God. God no longer sees it, and I could use even stronger language without straying from Scripture. ‘God himself seeks them,’ says a prophet, ‘and no longer finds them’ (see Jer. 50:20). He has put our ‘sins behind his back’ (Isa. 38:17) so as not to look upon them any more. He will ‘hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea’ (Micah 7:19), and in beholding us in Christ, he beholds us without sin, just like Christ himself, who was made ‘to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Cor. 5:21).”