The Three-Page Book (1 John 1:7)

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First John 1:7 is one of the most reassuring verses in the entire Bible. It reminds me of the “red carpet of salvation” that God rolls out to the vilest of sinners. No one is so corrupt that Christ’s blood cannot cleanse; no one carries a weight of sin so heavy that the Savior cannot remove it. The precious blood of Jesus’ atoning death not only washes away all present sin, but it also goes on cleansing us until we enter heaven.

An elderly Christian used to carry a little book with him that he often took from his pocket to show to others. He called it his biography. It had only three pages, but not a single word was written on any of them. Yet, he said it contained the whole story of his life. The first page was black. That, he said, was his sin – his condition by nature. The second, which was red, represented the blood of Christ, shed for his sins. The third was white. This final page stood for himself – washed in the blood and made whiter than snow.

We all have the first page in our biography – the sin-stained one. The second and third pages are added when we receive Christ as our Savior from sin. Our Scripture reading indicates that Jesus has “made peace through the blood of His cross (v. 20).

How many pages do you have in your spiritual biography? – Henry G. Bosch

Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied –
Glory to His name! – Hoffman

Christ’s sacrifice doesn’t just salve sins, it saves sinners.
– August 1, 1990, Our Daily Bread