February 3, 2017

This morning's devotion written by Charles Spurgeon was beautiful to read and I wanted to share it with you today.  If you haven't read Spurgeon's Morning & Evening Devotions before, they're very good.

There are many people who struggle to get out of financial debt and some successfully achieve that goal.  Many people however, work very hard to eliminate the debt of sin by attempting to work really hard, or try hard to be a good person and do good things that God will accept and therefore, withhold condemning them to hell and grant to them a place in heaven.

Unfortunately, that's not how it works with God.

The quote by John Stott pretty much summarizes the beauty of the debt of our sin that has been placed upon the cross.  Not an empty cross, but upon Jesus Christ, whom suffered and died upon the cross - for a sin that He did not commit and for our debt that could never be repaid.

Thank God, He has satisfied my debt.  Has He satisfied yours?

Forgiven by His blood,
Pastor Kurt

Morning, February 3
So then brothers, we are debtors - Romans 8:12

As God's creatures, we are all debtors to Him: to obey Him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken His commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to His justice, and we owe to Him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God's justiceanything, for Christ has paid the debt His people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love. I am a debtor to God's grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to His justice, for He will never accuse me of a debt already paid. Christ said, "It is finished!" and by that He meant, that whatever His people owed was wiped away for ever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God's justice no longer. But then, because we are not debtors to our Lord in that sense, we become ten times more debtors to God than we should have been otherwise. Christian, pause and ponder for a moment. What a debtor thou art to divine sovereignty! How much thou owest to His disinterested love, for He gave His own Son that He might die for thee. Consider how much you owe to His forgiving grace, that after ten thousand affronts He loves you as infinitely as ever. Consider what you owe to His power; how He has raised you from your death in sin; how He has preserved your spiritual life; how He has kept you from falling; and how, though a thousand enemies have beset your path, you have been able to hold on your way. Consider what you owe to His immutability. Though you have changed a thousand times, He has not changed once. Thou art as deep in debt as thou canst be to every attribute of God. To God thou owest thyself, and all thou hast—yield thyself as a living sacrifice, it is but thy reasonable service.

Charles Spurgeon, Morning & Evening - February 3

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