Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Only by the Blood

"The temptation to so many of us when we try to approach God is to think that because God has been dealing with us -- because he has been taking steps to bring us into something more of himself and has been teaching us deeper lessons of the Cross -- he has thereby set before us new standards, and that only by attaining to these can we have a clear conscience before him. No! A clear conscience is never based upon our attainment; it can only be based on the work of the Lord Jesus in the shedding of his blood."

"We may be weak, but looking at our weakness will never make us strong. No trying to feel bad and doing penance will help us to be even a little holier. There is no help there, so let us be bold in our approach because of the Blood."

"Big sins, small sins, sins which may be very black and sins which appear to be not so black, sins which I think can be forgiven and sins which seem unforgivable, yes, all sins, conscious or unconscious, remembered or forgotten, are included in those words: 'every sin.' 'The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin,' (1 John 1:7) and it does so because in the first place it satisfies God."

*I am reading Watchman Nee, so do not be surprised if there are more quotes from him in the future ;)