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He Has Fully Paid For All My Sin

HEIDELBERG CATECHISM, LORD’S DAY 1

What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.

 

He Has Fully Paid For All My Sin

Tuesday, January 3: Ephesians 2:1-10

My greatest comfort and joy is that I belong to Jesus! This is good news in our daily struggle with sin: “He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.” This is a beautiful profession. It affirms the “once for all” sacrifice of Jesus that sets us free from the curse, guilt, shame and fear of judgment that are the fruits of sin and that enslave the human heart. It is also a troubling profession. We are haunted by the idea that we are only as good as our achievements or that we are as bad as our failures. Praying more, studying the Bible more, giving more money or doing more community service are unable to quiet our troubled hearts. Don’t get me wrong. These are good practices. However, in binding us to our work they make us blind to His. Even if it is shrouded in evangelical platitudes, a half gospel is no gospel. The true gospel is this: “He has fully paid for all my sins.” Don’t think for a moment that God either needs or desires our help. He speaks. He works. He sacrificed. He forgives. He gives. He alone turns a troubled heart into one that embraces the beauty of free grace! Each one of us struggles with sin. And each one of us is invited to this great assurance: “There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there is nothing you can do to diminish His love for you.” He is my greatest comfort and joy!

Pastor Calvin Hoogendoorn