A wealthy English merchant who lived on the European continent was never satisfied with anything less than the best. This extended to the cars he owned and his pride and joy was a Rolls-Royce which had given him great service through the years.
One day, while driving on an extremely bumpy mountain road, his car hit a very deep pothole, resulting in a broken rear axle. The owner had the car shipped back to the Rolls plant in England and was surprised by the very speedy repair service. He received no bill for the work, and knowing the warranty had run out long ago, he communicated with the company.
Again, the response was immediate. The reply stated, “We have thoroughly searched our files and we find NO RECORD of a Rolls Royce axle ever breaking.” The integrity and excellence of the company would not permit a flaw in workmanship or materials to be made known.
The excellence of the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work of redemption at Calvary do not permit our flaws to be made known to the Father once they have been confessed and repented of and thereby forgiven. HE has accomplished our forgiveness, and it is complete. We are justified – ‘just-as-if-I’d’ never sinned.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us.
Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more
If I were to talk with the Lord about a sin I had committed,
but which I had already confessed to Him, He would say to me,
“My dear child, you must be mistaken. I have NO RECORD of that sin!”
If God has forgiven me,
I have NO RIGHT to withhold forgiveness from myself.
In fact, if I do not forgive myself, and hold feelings of guilt,
I offend God by calling Him a LIAR!
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the GUILT within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who MADE AN END of ALL my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted FREE.
For God the just is satisfied
To LOOK ON HIM and PARDON ME.
Being justified, being forgiven and cleansed,
is the right and privilege of every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God
– BUT –
it is NOT the right of the unbeliever.
God freely extends His grace to all,
and all who come to Him in faith will be received.
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father, except through Me
He who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.