Gospel-Driven Quote of the Week

“As our deepest sorrow flows from a sense of sin, so our deepest joy springs from a sense of its forgiveness…This comfort have all the saints. Your sins, O believer, are forgiven. ‘I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins,’ says God (Isa. 44:22). You are not called upon to believe that God will pardon, but that He has pardoned you. Forgiveness is a past act; the sense of it written upon the conscience is a present one. ‘For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified’ (Heb. 10:14), has forever put away their sins…

“Is it any delight to Him to see you carrying your burden of conscious sin day after day and week after week? Ah, no!”

Thus, beloved, God comforts His conscience-troubled people. He loves so to speak to their hearts! Is it any delight to Him to see you carrying your burden of conscious sin day after day and week after week? Ah, no! He has procured the means of your pardon at a great price-nothing less than the sacrifice of His beloved Son- and will not the same love which procured your forgiveness, speak it to your heart?…Is sin your trouble? Does conscious guilt cast you down? Look up, disconsolate soul! There is forgiveness with God. It is in His heart to pardon you.”

(Octavius Winslow, “How Does God Comfort?,” quoted in Free Grace Broadcaster, issue 194, Winter 2005, p. 48).

4 Responses to Gospel-Driven Quote of the Week

  1. Scott says:

    How seemingly impossible it is to not see and be affected in an unbiblical way by my sin when it is ever before me! It is only natural for my flesh to require of me the task of carrying the burden of my sin. This only reiterates the daily necessity to kneel before the cross of Christ and to continually immerse myself in the Gospel.

    “He has procured the means of your pardon at a great price-nothing less than the sacrifice of His beloved Son- and will not the same love which procured your forgiveness, speak it to your heart?”

    If anyone sins he has an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous!

    John, great words of encouragement today!

  2. Jason says:

    Wonderful quote, John! Thank you for continually setting before us the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What a world of difference between believing God will pardon and believing God has pardoned. What joy and confidence that inspires! Thanks for so faithfully leading me to drink of the Fountain. Gospel blessings my friend!

  3. gospelmuse says:

    Excellent word, brother! As Jason said above, thank you for the labor of sharing what you do here.
    Peace.

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