Unlimited: The Perfect Works of Christ
Nov 21, 2019 1027
My servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes (1 Kings 14:8).
This is a remarkable statement. How could God say that when the Bible specifically records that David had broken the sixth and seventh commandments?
The answer is that David repented.
When we repent, God casts our sins into the depths of the seas; as far away as the east is from the west, God removes our transgressions from us. The God who could say of sinful David, ‘my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes’ – that God counts us as sinless for Christ’s sake, when we trust in the Saviour.
Jesus told his disciples, ‘You are already clean’ (John 15:3). Two chapters earlier we find them far from clean: they are wrangling as to who would be greatest and refusing to wash one another’s feet.
Jesus washed their feet, and pronounced, ‘You are clean’ (John 13:10). Later, in prayer, he tells the Father, ‘They have obeyed your word’ (John 17:6).
God looks at us through the cross. God looks at the broken law through the bloodstained mercy seat. We are ‘accepted in the Beloved’ (Ephesians 1:6 KJV). We are ‘complete in him’ (Colossians 2:10 KJV). That is the gospel.
Christ’s perfection, not ours, is the basis of our acceptance. We are saved by works, by perfect works – but they are not our own. They are the perfect works of Christ.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Because of the amazing life and death of Jesus, our sin is removed as far as the east is from the west. They can never meet again. They are removed and covered in the blood of Jesus. Are you still trying to pay for your sins? Stop! They are paid for by the perfect works of Jesus, not your works.