Two more to go and we’ve finished our 40 day book launch of “A Glorious Sacrifice.” If you’ve been blessed by these posts, I will greatly appreciate your honest book review on Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/janblonk The book is now available for purchase or to give as a gift.
We’ll be picking up our study in John and at the middle or end of August we’ll start with a book launch on “Battling Sexual Temptations and Sins.” You can check that out right here.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
God is the best accountant. He keeps perfect records without the slightest mistake. Our sins, iniquities, and trespasses are referred to as debts. We owe God a life of perfect obedience to His word. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that no one has ever been able to do so. We fall deeply short, even the most religious or moral person. Consequently, we are in debt—a debt that continuously increases, moment by moment. Paul wrote how we, unless saved, store up wrath for “the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed” (Rom. 2:5).
God has a perfect record of our debt. Every sinful thought and affection, all God-dishonoring conversation and conduct, and all our motives that didn’t perfectly conform to His glory have been recorded. One day we’ll have to give an account: “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27). This record, “with its legal demands,” stands against us. Furthermore, in the supreme court of heaven there’s no appeal for all the evidence is undeniable. We’ll be confronted with the blatant reality of our sins and have to own our guilt and condemnation.
God, however, “being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5). In Christ’s death, we’ve full forgiveness. He paid our debt—past, present, and future. Isaiah stated that as follows: “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (Isa. 43:25). God canceled our debt when Jesus died for our sins. He nailed it to the cross. There’s now not a single debt we have to account for.
Just like in all debt transactions, God will and cannot exact a payment twice. That would be grave injustice and nullify His Son’s atonement. If someone paid your speeding ticket, can the judge also require a payment from you? The psalmist stated that as follows: “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. . . . as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:10-11). That’s certainly debt-free living!
The Devotional Writer
Author of “A Glorious Sacrifice“