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From the Pulpit: Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away sin

Don’t try to outsmart the “father of lies.” Forget about using Freudian psychoanalysis to counsel yourself, or someone else from the clutches of sin. Stop looking for solutions, or angles, or strategies or other options — and start looking at the cross of Calvary. Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.

Sin cannot be reasoned with, or rationalized out of the human heart. The perfect Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world, bore the curse, shame, offense, reproach and full guilt of all sin upon himself and shed his innocent blood for its removal. There is no other way — “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

Far too often, well-intentioned saints share only the truth of the forgiveness of sins committed — to the neglecting of the even greater truth of the power of the cross that deals with the sinful nature, out of which flows all evil. The grandeur, majesty and sweeping all-sufficiency of the work of Christ is that “old things are passed away and all things become new.” We are born-again to a nature that is not “of sin”, but rather is like Christ. Yes — if we sin and confess our sins, they are forgiven — but neither does sin have dominion over us. We are delivered from not only the guilt of sin, but from its power and grasp on us! “In the cross of Christ I glory.”

Rescued from the domain of darkness, and transferred to the kingdom of his beloved son, we do have the forgiveness of sins, but we also live in resurrection power free from the old sinful nature. “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I am free at last.” This we absolutely know: “Our old self was crucified with him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.”

While there are natural things that require empathy, and compassion — (a man doesn’t sin because his daddy didn’t take him fishing often enough) — he sins because he is born a sinner — a dog is not a dog because he barks — he barks because he is a dog. Calvary takes care of our “dogness” — we don’t have to bark anymore.

(From the Pulpit is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of the Weirton Ministerial Association.)

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