From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Romans 5:9

Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.               NKJV

Are those who stand before the throne of God justified now?  So are we, as truly justified as those who walk in white and sing glorious praises in heaven.  No one can say to us, “Though you have been exonerated upon a partial trial, upon further investigation your guilt could have been proved.”  We can reply, “But it was proved for we confessed it.  There was no other evidence needed, and nothing further could have been brought, since we pleaded guilty to every charge.  If you bring any further accusation, we can only say that we pleaded guilty without reserve.  It was all in the indictment; we did not attempt for a moment to hide any guilt we had incurred.  We confessed it all before the Lord and since the Lord Jesus Christ took it all there is no cause for reopening the case.  There cannot be a second trial through a writ of error: the case is thoroughly disposed of.  We have pleaded guilty to every charge, and have borne the utmost penalty of the law by our Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God himself has accepted the payment for our penalty.  Our acquittal is such that we can rest upon it with absolute reliance.”

We shall grow in grace, but we shall never be more completely pardoned than when we first believed: we shall one day stand before the glorious presence of God in his
own sacred courts, and see the Well-beloved and wear his likeness, but we shall not even then be more perfectly forgiven than we are at this present moment.
Charles H. Spurgeon

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