In Massachusetts we have to have an annual inspection for our cars. They check the lights, the horn, the front wheel bearings, the wipers, etc. Today I took in my car and noted my anxiety. What if they found something wrong that I was not aware of? If they did and it was not a quick fix they put a “fix it” sticker on the car instead of the normal sticker. It would be like Hester wearing her scarlet letter “A”. Even worse it would be like arriving at the gate of heaven and being rejected because of something we did decades ago and could not remember.
I am so thankful that cannot happen because we are not saved nor lost because of a single act. Instead, and how wonderful it is, we are saved by the grace of our Jesus, who could produce not just one wrong act but a whole list of wrong acts we did not remember. Instead Jesus covers us. Not because we are worthy but because He is worthy and can grant us unlimited grace. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25. Please notice the word “completely.” In the King James Version the word that is used is “uttermost.” He lives to intercede for us. This is wonderful beyond words.
So if you are afraid of something horrible in your past, accept His grace and then forget it. Because after we are forgiven “all” our sins are blotted out. If God doesn’t remember, (see Isaiah 43:25) why should we? Oh, I needed a rear light bulb in my car. There was no grace. I had to fix it.
Written by Roger Bothwell on July 16, 2015
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