“the blood of Jesus Christ ... cleanses us from all sin” 1 John 1 v 7
When we've been on the Christian road for a while and share the gospel with a friend, it's very easy to forget the first and foremost effect of choosing to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, namely that all sin is washed away and we feel cleaner inside than we've ever felt before; all our sin which has been a millstone to us, caused us bitter regret over the years and even an inward dark depression, has been forgiven, washed away, cleansed – some of the many words used to describe this experience. Moreover, something inside us (our spirit) comes alive in a whole new way. It's wonderful, totally wonderful!
Our sin forms a barrier between ourselves and God and makes us unaware of Him. It's only in choosing God instead of sin (we can't have both), that we literally feel God's forgiveness flood every part of our being and we feel new inside – that's what the bible calls being born again (John 3:3). In fact, it's infinitely more serious than that as Jesus points out, that unless we're born again, we “cannot see the kingdom of God.” In other words, without genuinely experiencing the forgiveness of our past sins heaven is closed to us for an eternity. Sin cannot enter God's presence, so it follows that a life still stained by sin must be excluded from heaven. That's sobering in the utmost. Let us pray for a clear revelation of the gospel that we may pass on the full message in its wonderful, yet fearful truths.
How often have we seen a tract or a poster telling us we need to, “be saved”?
You might ask, “Saved from what?”
The answer, “Saved from sin!” Sin is what separates a life eternally from God; we desperately need to be saved from our sin. Perhaps you have never asked God for forgiveness? Well, why not ask Him now? He turns no one away and receives every sinner who chooses to come. Take heart, heaven is awaiting your prayer!