The early 20th-century pastor T. T. Shields told of an incident that occurred while he was talking to the owner of a grocery store. A woman came into the store, drew the proprietor aside, and began whispering to him. After a few minutes she left, obviously unhappy. Since Pastor Shields knew the owner well, he asked why the woman was so displeased. He replied, “I had to deny her request for credit. I asked her, ‘Is your husband out of work?’ and she said, ‘No.’ ‘Are you working also?’ and she said, ‘Yes,’ she replied. I said to her, ‘If you cannot pay your way when you are earning top money, what possibility would there be of paying past debts?’”
If it were not for God’s grace, we would be in the same condition spiritually – unable to pay our debt of sin. God, of course, is not in the business of selling salvation. If He were, we would never be able to pay for it. Even if right now we could cease from every sin – if we could be perfect until the day we stand before God – we still could not enter heaven. Our deficit of past sins would remain unpaid.
That’s why God’s plan of salvation is so wonderful. By dying on the cross, Jesus paid the debt we couldn’t pay – the debt of sin past, present, and future. All we have to do is accept His payment in full.
Have you let Him settle your past debts? – Paul R. Van Gorder
The moment that we trust in Christ,
We are forgiven and cleansed within;
For all-sufficient is His blood
To pay the debt of every sin. – D. J. De Haan
When God pardons sin, He purges the record, erases the remembrance, and empowers the recipient.
- August 2, 1988, Our Daily Breads