INNOCENT?

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3.23)."

The other day I met a lady who was the property manager for a prison. I made the comment, "It must be an interesting job working around the prisoners." She replied, "Yes, according to them they are all innocent."

Her answer got me thinking and I told her, "When it gets right down to it none of us are innocent are we?" Who of us have never broken a law? Have we ever broken the speed limit or dishonored are parents? Hatred is murder according to 1 Jn 3.15. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 Jn 1.8)." Christ said that when we look at a woman with lust we commit adultery. This sin was punishable by death by the law of Moses. Maybe the difference between that person sitting in jail and us is that we haven't gotten caught.

You know, this is why Christ came and dyed on the cross. He came so that we might be forgiven of our sin. The blood that he shed was payment for our sins in full. And now when we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1.9). We become innocent in the sight of God. Let's not fall from our steadfastness, but walk uprightly.

One sure way to walk uprightly is to proclaim the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ to the world that they too can be forgiven and cleansed from unrighteousness. In so doing we obey the Royal Law according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Jas 2.8)(see The Royal Law on www.preach-the-gospel.org). By preaching the gospel we love Christ. "He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me (1 Jn 14.21). Has he not commanded us to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."?

God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sin that we might be the righteousness of God in him. No one is innocent, but we can be forgiven through the blood he shed on Calvary for us. All we have to do is believe in him and tell others so that they too can believe and be saved (See SAVED on www.preach-the-gospel.org for a definition of saved.).

None of us can say we are innocent because we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but we have received pardon because we believed on Christ after being told the good news that "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." Let's proclaim this same good news so that others might also believe and be forgiven.

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