I Am Clean From My Sins
If we are honest with ourselves, no one has to convict us of the fact that we have done wrong. If the truth be told, the list of sins is probably quite extensive for each of us. The apostle Paul wrote by inspiration, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). One purpose of the Holy Spirit's coming was to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11). The word delivered through the Sprit expounds upon God's definition of sin and the penalty for violating His law.
Whereas, one may intrinsically know that they are a sinner, the punishment for committing these offenses is only learned through God's revealed word. When one reads the Scriptures they find that there are eternal consequences associated with the breaking of God's commandments. "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Have you ever had a stain on a garment that you just could not remove? Although you applied stain remover and vigorously scrubbed, it simply would not wash out. God tells us that the guilt of sin is that way. Regardless of what you and I might do in an attempt to rid ourselves of this spiritual stain, nothing works. All of the kind acts and good deeds that one might do in order to make amends for their wrongs are absolutely of no benefit in removing the guilt for one single sin. The prophet Jeremiah was inspired to write these words, "Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, says the Lord GOD" (Jeremiah 2:22 RSV).
This leaves you and me in a conundrum. We know that we have sinned, not just once, but over and over again. God's word tells us that the payment for this sin is both physical and spiritual death. We are without the ability to cleanse ourselves of the guilt of sin. So what are we to do? If the situation were left alone, there would be nothing that we could do. We would all be condemned to an eternity of punishment as payment for our sin. However, the One against whom we have transgressed loved us enough to reach down into our sphere and make possible this cleansing. Paul penned these words of hope, "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6 NASB 1977). God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He provided the perfect sacrifice that made atonement possible. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). This amazing gift of love and mercy requires a response on the part of the sinner.
The Holy Spirit inspired these words, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2 NKJV). Faith is the spiritual doorway through which one must pass in order to access God's marvelous grace and obtain forgiveness which allows an individual to be again be at peace with Him. Redemption and forgiveness are possible only by God's grace and through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7). Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia, "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:26-27). He further explained that it is in baptism where one reaches the benefits of Christ's sacrificial death. "Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:3-4). In baptism, which is a spiritual parallel to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, one reaches the "spiritual detergent" (the blood of Jesus) which alone can wash away the guilt of sin. Ananias asked Saul of Tarsus, "And why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).
God assures us, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).
You have stained your soul through sin. Have you been washed clean in the blood of Jesus?