“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34
If “the accuser of the brethren” should appear to a dying believer and exhibit, as on a parchment roll, the various idle, false, unchaste, and angry words which he had at any time uttered, together with a statement of all his sinful thoughts and actions, how should the believer respond? While pleading guilty to every charge and even adding, from his sorrowful recollection, a thousand aggravations, he might ask, “Why have you not reminded me of what is equally true, and to me, thus burdened with your reproaches and my own, most important — that ‘the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin’?”
The atonement made by that blood avails for the pardon of everyone who humbly embraces it, and at the same time tends to strengthen holy principles and to promote universal obedience.
He might also add, “In myself, I am vile, polluted, and depraved; but in Jesus, I am holy, righteous, and complete. Out of Christ, I may be condemned — but in Christ, I am justified from all things and may challenge the universe to substantiate a charge against me.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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