“He Himself Is The Remedy” ( 1 John 2: 2, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“My children, in writing thus to you my purpose is that you should not commit sin. But should anyone commit a sin, we have one to plead our cause with the Father, Jesus Christ, and He is just. He is Himself the remedy for the defilement of our sins, not only our sins only but for the sins of all the world.” (1 John 2: 1 – 2)

Yes, we sin. And, sin defiles us. But, a greater truth exists: Jesus is the remedy for our sin and defilement. Both are destroyed on the Cross.

“God’s act of grace is all out of proportion to Adam’s wrongdoing,” writes Paul. “For the judicial action, following upon the one offense, issues a verdict of condemnation, but the act of grace, following upon so many misdeeds, issues a verdict of acquittal.” (Romans 5: 15, 16)

Acquittal, a verdict of not-guilty, is the gift of Jesus Christ to those who believe.

“The conclusion of the matter is this: there is no condemnation for those who are united with Christ Jesus, for in Christ Jesus the life-giving law of the Spirit sets you free from the law of sin and death. What the law can never do, because our lower nature robs it of all potency, God does: by sending His own Son in a form like that of our own sinful nature, and as a sacrifice for sin, He passes judgment against sin within that very nature, so that the commandment of the law finds fulfillment in us, whose conduct, no longer under the control of our lower nature, is directed by the Spirit.” (Romans 8: 1 – 4)

God’s Spirit within us directs us. “Thanks be to God! In a word, then, I myself, subject to God’s law as a rational being, am yet, in my unspiritual nature, a slave to the law of sin.” (Romans 7: 25)

The only rescue, the final remedy is Jesus.

“If we claim to be sinless, we are self-deceived and strangers to the truth. If we confess our sins, He is just, and may be trusted to forgive our sins and cleanse us from every kind of wrong; but if we say we have committed no sin, we make Him out to be a liar, and then His Word has no place in us.” (1 John 1: 8 – 10)

“Why Do You Doubt?” (Psalm 40: 8, ESV) by Carley Evansa

David sings, “I delight to do Your will, O my God, Your law is within my heart.”

God promises, “I will remove the heart of stone from [your] flesh and give [you] a heart of flesh, that [you] may walk in My statutes and keep My rules and obey them. And [you] will be My people, and I will be [your] God.” (Ezekiel 11: 19 – 20)

Jesus promises, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14: 26)

Jesus tells us, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person… What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15: 10, 18)

God’s solution is to change your heart. How do you accomplish this change of heart? You can’t. God changes your heart. He takes your dead heart of stone from you, and replaces it with His own heart. He renews your mind through His Word through the power of His Holy Spirit who teaches you “all things.”

Jesus speaks to His disciples, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Peter answers Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

Jesus responds, “Come.”

Peter gets out of the boat to walk on the water. He’s doing fine until he sees the wind. He fears, and sinks. He cries, “Lord, save me.”

Jesus immediately reaches out to take hold of Peter, saving him. “O you of little faith, why do you doubt?” (Matthew 27 – 31)