“Gone at Last…” rang-out repeatedly from the talented singers at Family Worship Center church led by Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. “My sins are gone at last,” they continued. Then, in an anointed fury Swaggart tickled and whipped the keys of his Baby Grand piano like there was no tomorrow!
I rejoiced as I thought about the great accomplishment Jesus made on Calvary’s rugged hill. My sins are no more! My sins are gone at last because Jesus Christ endured the pain, the suffering, and the shame of the cross just to pay the price for the sins of the world.
This is something to rejoice about!
This means that I don’t have to pay the penalty for my wrong-doing (which was an eternality in Hell) because I placed my faith in Jesus Christ and His great work on the Cross; and my sins are gone at last. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross is still alive, and actively cleansing away the sins of those who dare to believe that their sins were paid for on the cross.
Indeed it is a simple faith, yet it is hard for people, in general, to accept. Most people have some deep-seated belief that somehow they have to do something to make themselves good enough for God to accept them. I agree, you have to believe and throw the full weight of your faith in the finished work of the cross. Then, be led by the Holy Spirit.
Without this belief in the completed work of salvation on the cross, we cannot be saved from our sins. Jesus has His hands out beckoning us to believe in Him and He will come into our lives by Holy Spirit and change the direction of our eternal destination.
How does this work?
We have to see ourselves as new creations in Christ Jesus. No longer should we see ourselves as rehabbed sinners, but as holy men and women and children of God. Our faith dictates our thinking. James 2:17 says,
“Faith, if it hath no works, is dead, being alone.”
Regardless of what one may say, it is what he does that really reflects his beliefs which, then, explains his actions. In other words you can tell who believes what by their actions. People that put their faith in the cross of Christ are much more merciful towards the failures of others than someone who puts their faith in their personal holiness.
Yes, personal holiness is required by God, but it must not be led by the flesh to be acceptable to God, but led by the Holy Spirit. Our motives should be to walk in the righteousness of Christ. Furthermore, as we are empowered by the Spirit, we should always chose to live holy.
As our faith dictates, our sins are gone at last. Amen