Pardon and Cleansing   5 comments

1 Jno. 1, 9

1.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (1 Jno. 1, 8 & 10).  This is the why of Christ’s death and of offered mercy.

2.  But Jesus Christ is a Saviour from sin (Matt. 1, 21).  He earnestly desires all men to be saved.  Hence he calls them to repent and believe Him.

3.  If we confess and forsake our sins He will forgive us.  This repentance must be the giving up of every sin though as dear as a night eye.  “Who confesseth and forsaketh his sins shall have mercy.”  Wonderful is this deliverance from guilt–condemnation, without which we are forever lost.

4.  But does He stop here?  Does He leave the heart in the same sinful state, only imputing to the penitent sinner the righteousness of Christ, and really not changing the heart, only pardoning the guilt?  If so why the last clause of the text?  “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature?–all new.  Men are promised a new heart and the gift of the Spirit–Ezek. 36, 25.  Else what is the new birth.  Pardons & regenerates is the scriptural doctrine of conversion.  Heb. 2, 17 & 9, 14.  1 Jno. 3, 5.  Rev. 1, 5.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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