The Ink-Blot

It is written:

“But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him. He is the one who makes even evil people right. 6  David said the same thing when he was talking about the blessing people have when God accepts them as good without looking at what they have done: 7  “It is a great blessing when people are forgiven for the wrongs they have done, when their sins are erased! 8  It is a great blessing when the Lord accepts people as if they are without sin!” (Romans 4:5-8)

There is such joy found in the forgiveness of God!

There is a story told about Martin Luther and an ink-blot which powerfully illustrates this.

“Some of my readers may have visited the Wartburg and had pointed out to them the black spot on one of the walls of the room which Luther occupied during his benevolently intended imprisonment. The legend connected with it is this. One night during this mournful solitude, when suffering from great depression, because, as he himself expresses it in a letter to Melanchthon, dated May 24, 1521, “I do see myself insensible and hardened, a slave to sloth, rarely, alas! praying—unable even to utter a groan for the Church, while my untamed flesh burns with devouring flame”—the great Reformer dreamt that Satan appeared to him with a long scroll, in which were carefully written the many sins and transgressions of which he was guilty from his birth, and which the evil one proceeded to read out, mocking the while that such a sinner as he should ever think of being called to do service for God, or even of escaping himself from hell. As the long list was being read, Luther’s terrors grew, and his agonies of soul increased. At last, however, rousing himself, he jumped up and exclaimed: “It is all true, Satan, and many more sins which I have committed in my life which are known to God only; but write at the bottom of your list, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin,’” and grasping the inkstand on his table he threw it at the devil, who soon fled, the memorial of it being left in the ink-splash on the wall.” (David Baron, Zechariah: A Commentary On His Visions And & Prophecies, 1081-1088 (Kindle Edition))

Satan will often try and remind you of your failures before God and your fellow man. Yet if you are covered by the blood, you are cleansed from all sin!

It is only when believers in the atoning death of Jesus, His burial, and resurrection on the third day are baptized as penitent believers that they are cleansed from their sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 2:37-47). And it is only when we walk in the light as Christians (honestly confessing our sins to God as we repent of them) that we are continually cleansed when we fall short (1 John 1:7-9).

Have you been cleansed in the blood?

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