GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #503
††††††††††† LET ME SHARE SOME GOOD NEWS WITH YOU
††††††††††† Pastor Don Fortner
††††††††††† Grace Baptist Church of Danville
††††††††††† 2734 Old Stanford Road
††††††††††† Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
I want to tell you the best thing I have ever heard. I know that this word of grace will help you, if you will just listen to me for five minutes. Listen to this word from God himself, "I, even I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins" (Isa. 43:25). God said that! The Holy, Righteous, and Just God declares that he is a God who forgives sin! My soul, here in good news for me! What a precious word of grace! The God of heaven forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin! He really does. It in written, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us" (Psa. 103:12).
Perhaps some of you are right now heavily burdened with the oppressive load of guilt and sin. You think that there in no hope for a sinner so black, so vile, so loathsome an you are. Yes, there is hope for sinners like you and me. Maybe you think to yourself, "How can God forgive my sin?" Let me tell you how it is that God forgives sin.
The Lord God forgives the sins of his people JUSTLY. "He in faithful and just to forgive us our sins" (I John l:9). By the substitutionary sacrifice of his own Son in the place of sinners, imputing our sins to Christ and punishing him for our sins, God has satisfied his own justice for us. "He hath made him to be sin for us, who know no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Cor. 5:21). Now, through the sacrifice of Christ, God is both just and the Justifier of every believer. God forgives sin freely. He requires nothing from us, either by way of punishment or retribution. The sinner in not required to suffer anything, or to do anything, or to give anything to obtain this forgiveness. It is the free gift of God. The Lord God has FULLY forgiven all the sins of all his people through the merits of Christ's blood and righteousness. All of our sins, past, present, and future, sins of the heart sins of the mind and sins of outward action are fully atoned for and put out of Godís sight by the blood of Christ which he poured out at Calvary. And the Lord God forgiven all the sins of all his people ETERNALLY. God will never impute iniquity to any believer. He will never remember our sins against us. He will never treat us any the less graciously because of our sins. He will not punish us for our sins in this life, or in the life to come. And he will not refuse to give us any of the blessings of eternal glory because of our sins. You see, so far an the law and justice of God in concerned, IN CHRIST WE HAVE NO sin! The blood of Christ washed it all away. And God cannot punish us for what we do not have.
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nail to His cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord! It is well with my soul!
Would you have this DIVINE FORGIVENESS? Come to Christ by faith. HE IS THE FOUNTAIN OPENED FOR CLEANSING AND FORGIVENESS. To all of you who truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, I say take these blessed words of comfort to your hearts, rejoice in them, and give all praise to the Lord our God. With him there is forgiveness! With David we say - "Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin" (Rom. 4:7-8).