May 20, 2009 · 8:41 am
While I wait for some pictures for my next post, we’ll all thank God our pool is not so dirty as this one. This pool once belonged to Herod, the Roman governor, in Caesarea. It reminds me of the verse:
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 62:6)
We remedy this not with chlorine bleach or algaecide or a good sweeper, but with another verse in Isaiah (1:18)
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
You can read another pool story in Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.
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May 9, 2009 · 7:34 am
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?” Proverbs 20:9
All have sinned….(Romans 3:23). That certainly includes me.
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a) Uh-oh.
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23b). Whew! How do I get that gift?
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9).
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
I now can say I am clean and without sin, but only because of God’s free gift.
(Note: My being without sin is positional through Christ’s work of grace, but I still have to confess sins to be in fellowship with God. I John 1:9)
So simple, yet volumes have been written to explain it. Here is one tiny volume, not to explain God and His Ultimate Gift, but to proclaim this Gift and its byproducts.
Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, Musings on Life, Scripture and the Hymns.