I began a personal study some months ago that I simply call Gospel Glories. My journal pages look something like this.
Gospel Glories- Forgiveness
- There is a lifetime of sin behind me and an eternity of glory before me (Col. 1:13-14).
Therefore, forget what things are behind you; because Jesus makes your insurmountable sin debt non-existent by His untaintable payment. Whether converted as a small child or an eighty-year-old, there is no amount of sin we practice that matches the amount of grace God extends.
- Though I was as sinful as I could possibly be, I am now as righteous as Jesus unchangeably is (Col. 1:21-22).
So live the righteousness to which you’ve been called. Jesus didn’t make it easier when He made Himself our standard for living, but He did make it more fulfilling by becoming our source of life. Paul tells Colosse that they were once outsiders to the Kingdom because of sin, but consider the glorious hope in the simple word “were.” It’s past tense. You sinned because that’s who you were, but now you act righteously because that’s who Jesus is.
- The freedom of gospel-forgiveness is founded in a promise, not a feeling (1 Jn. 1:9).
My theologically nitpicky nature cringes when I hear someone talking about “forgiving themselves.” If they were breaking their own moral law, they would have the right to do that, but they are not so they do not. However, I don’t cringe because they don’t have the right, but because they don’t have the need! Don’t add the law of “self-forgiveness” when the righteous demands have been satisfied for you. I know, you “feel bad.” Jesus felt worse. Don’t continue in the guilt of your sin when Jesus felt its fullness for you. We will often not keep ourselves pure in holiness, but He will always keep His promise of forgiveness.
These are glories of the gospel.
I would love to hear some of your gospel-meditations. Let’s encourage each other with the glories of the gospel today.