“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him” ~ Romans 4:8
Something transpired in the spiritual realm when Joshua, the high priest sinned against God. This sin had come in between him and God, giving an opportunity for the devil to point an accusing finger as if to say, ‘Joshua doesn’t deserve grace or forgiveness. He deserves to be in hell and condemnation’. But God silences the foe and says to Joshua, ‘Behold I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with change of raiment.’ And then at God’s command, the angels exchange Joshua’s filthy garments to clean ones. And God exhorts Joshua, ‘If you will walk in my ways and if you will keep my charge, then you will also judge my house and shall also keep my courts, and I will give you places to walk among these that stand by’.
To be forgiven by God is an amazingly renewing experience. God’s forgiveness has a certain power to work within to change, to transform. It’s the power that enables you to not to want to yield to sin again. We make the choice to avail of God’s forgiveness that is offered freely through Jesus Christ. And having been forgiven, cleansed and renewed, it’s up to us to live in that newness of life by turning away from sin and seeking to be right with God.
God tells us to ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling.’ The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross cannot be taken as ordinary. It is the greatest price ever paid for the remission of sins. The Bible exhorts us to participate in the divine nature. What does this mean? In making oneself subjective to the overall ruling of the new life that God imparts which comes by faith in Christ Jesus, we participate in the divine nature. It means doing things that would please God. Pleasing God becomes the highest ideal, the greatest pursuit in life. Let’s ponder, ‘How are we handling God’s offer of forgiveness toward us?’
“Dear Jesus, I believe in You alone are all my sins washed away. In You is my salvation. Help me Lord, to live as You please, to seek righteousness and forsake sin. Amen.”