The first thing to note is that right from the very beginning sin makes us want to hide from God. It is our first instinct. We can’t face him and don’t feel like praying or approaching him, not because we don’t love him but because we feel ashamed.
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. (Gen 3:8)
But God Provides A Covering
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Gen 3:21
Also from the very beginning, God provides a covering for our sins. Despite the terrible consequences of sin, such as Adam & Eve being driven from paradise, the appalling result for all mankind, murders, fighting, lying, wars, lust, etc, etc, pain in childbirth, thorns & thistles, God still provides a covering.
And God Gave Us Jesus To Be Our Covering
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. (Roms 4:6-8)
Covered means exactly that… covered over so as not to come to view, forgiven, pardoned, concealed. Just like in the Exodus when the Angel of death passed over those who were inside the house that had the blood of the lamb.
So many people rave on about the mark of the beast totally unaware that there is a mark of the Lord. The blood of the lamb is the mark of God.
When the Angel went over Egypt he didn’t inspect how sinful the people were within each house, he wasn’t interested if they had a bad day, if they had kicked the cat, argued with their spouse that day, etc.
No, he was concerned about the mark of the Lord, if the house was marked by the blood of the lamb everyone inside was covered.
Jesus is our Passover lamb and we are saved/covered by the blood of the lamb. Blessed are they who the Lord will not impute sin!
Impute means many things but chiefly to count. As in to take account of, to judge, to weigh.
- I know each one of us if we were to be weighed in the balance would fail before our mighty God.
- If God took our sins into account we would all fail.
- If God judged us for our sins we would all fail. And the wages of sin is death!
But God has provided a covering. Oh, how we all need a Savior. How we all need to be under the protective covering of the blood of the lamb.
Jesus The Lamb Of God Who Takes Way The Sin Of The World
No wonder John the Baptist proclaimed…
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
And that is the reason why he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter…
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
Philip quoted that very scripture when he explained the gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch. (Acts 8:32)
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Pet 1:18-19)
The blood of Jesus. The blood of the Lamb of God cleanses us from ALL sin. As we walk in the light. This is not just at salvation for past sins. This is ongoing – as we walk – the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
- Do you think you are too evil?
- Do you think you have backslidden beyond hope?
- Are you calling God a liar?
His word says if you start walking in the light if you continue walking in the light, He will cleanse you from ALL sin. Stop wallowing in the darkness and move into the light and allow the blood of the Lamb to take full effect.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1Jo 1:7)
How Much More?
God commended his love toward us while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us when we were rejecting him, living in sin, unloving towards him, while we were the most unworthy and non-deserving people, he died for us.
Can you comprehend the enormity of God’s love toward us? What more can God possibly do to demonstrate his love toward you than die for you while you were still a sinner?
How much more then? How much more… now that you are justified by his blood shall he save you from future wrath?
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Roms 5:8-9)
Jesus Loved Us & Washed Us From OUR Sins in HIS OWN BLOOD!
Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev 1:5-6)
No wonder John declared that Jesus is full of grace and truth. No wonder he said, we have received grace for grace and truly grace and truth have come by Jesus Christ!
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17)
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