“Not for ours only”

One cannot be anything but thrilled at the knowledge that his sins have  been forgiven!  To understand the load of sin that mankind is under lends such joy to the wonder of being freed from the penalty of his sin.  There is no freedom in this world that compares to the freedom that we as Christians feel in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

ALL SINS put the Lord Jesus on the cross, and on that cross, the righteous demands of a holy God were satisfied on the person of His own dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ died as the perfect substitute.  He took man’s place.  And the agony of Calvary met the basest of all sins.  He being our substitute, the severity of His suffering met with the penalty the greatest of sinners would pay for their sins.  Wonder of wonders, and mystery of mysteries, Christ Jesus took our place!

We shout and joy and praise God saying, “I’m forgiven!  I’m clean!  I’ve been declared righteous!  I’m going to Heaven!  My sins have been blotted out!”, and they have been!  However, in reading through First John, do not miss the message of forgiveness:

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: AND NOT FOR OURS ONLY, but also for the SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD (I John 2:1-2). This means that you will not meet a person today that is not a candidate for the grace of sin.  Jesus died for the sins of the whole world.

The writer of Hebrews said, But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man (Hebrews 2:9).

The point is this:  as you whistle through life the song of God’s amazing grace, look around.  God wants every man, woman, boy and girl to have the joy you experience each day.

John continued on to verse three and said, And hereby we do know Him, if we keep His commandments, and our Lord did say, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature! (Mark 16:15)

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