A Thousands Lives of Sin

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In our confusion, we tend to use the greatness of our sin as an argument against receiving the mercy of God. But that is not how the Bible reasons. Isaiah says that though our sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. And David prays this way — “pardon my iniquity, for it is great” (Ps. 25:11).

Your sin might be great indeed. It might be shocking to others, and scandalous. But all this is an argument that cuts in the opposite direction than we want to think.

Yes, your hidden sin, your hypocrisy, might be a very great sin. But there is more mercy on this Table than there is sin in you. Take whatever sin it is that is troubling you, whatever heinous thing you did, give you a thousand lives in which to engage in that same sin over and over, and take into account the fact that each repetition of the sin makes it more grievous still, it remains a fact that there is mercy here for you, and to spare.

Our Savior is mighty to save. The Scripture teaches us that He saves to the uttermost. The one doing the forgiving here is Almighty. The one sinning against His kindness is a vapor.

Never forget there is more mercy in Christ than there is sin in you. This is a fundamental axiom in all evangelical religion.

So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.

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