“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
(1 John 1:7, NIV)
I have done a few things in my life for which I am not proud of and would not boast on either. Truth be known, I would rather not even think about them. But every once in a while, they come back to mind. You know why?
Because “sin whispers.” In the still of the night, when we are all alone, sin comes with its hiss bringing up the past, the silent reminder.
It is in the silence, we must remind ourselves of God’s forgiveness through the sacrifice of His Son on the Cross.
We are no longer a people living habitually in sin. We do not enjoy the darkness which once encompassed us. Now we live in the determination to choose God’s light as our place of dwelling.
And so when the regret and shame come to haunt us, we can shout louder, “He is faithful to forgive us and we stand purified, clean from it all.”
When doing laundry, an article of clothing may be soiled or dirty. After going through the wash cycle, there are times when a faint outline of the stain can be detected. But when Scripture uses the word purified, it means significantly more.
“Purified” carries a powerful thought as explained by John Stott:
The verb [purifies] suggests that God does more than forgive; he erases the stain of sin.
(as quoted in What Love Is by Kelly Minter)
The very stain of sin is erased so that no trace is left behind. There is no ring or mark left where the stain used to be. It is as if the stain never happened.
And that, my friends, is the Good News of the gospel!