The christian has everything that counts, and it pays to take stock of these things, for our own comfort and for God’s glory.

Sins forgiven. The root of much of our trouble is a failure to realize the enormity of the sins from which we have been saved. Glossing over the fact of sin, its offense against a holy God, and its ultimate end, tends to make us complacent. “God he merciful to me a sinner” seems irrelevant to our own needs, but it is basic to becoming a Christian.

David wrote: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputed no iniquity” (Ps. 32:1, 2a, RSV); Paul, speaking of Christ, says: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7), and in another place speaks of this continuing forgiveness: “Who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:8).

A continuing work of grace. Christianity is not a flash-in-the-pan religion—it is everlasting life. To this end an asset of the Christian is the cleansing power of the Word, not only the living Christ but the written Word which speaks of him and to our needs.

Regeneration is a work of creation. David knew this when he prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me” (Ps. 51:10). But being a Christian is more than being saved. There is the continuing work of the divine detergent, the blood of Jesus Christ: “… the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.… If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7b, 9).

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