1John 2:12

Tom Harding

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake–1John 2:12.

There is only one reason revealed in Holy Scripture that any sinner would be pardoned and justified from all sin. That one reason is Christ alone, "His name's sake" (Eph.4:32). Christ Jesus was manifested to take away our sin and in Him is no sin (1John 3:5; John 1:29). The only reason for grace is Christ Himself (John 1:16; 2Cor. 8:9). The only reason for mercy is Christ Himself (Titus 3:5; Matt. 9:13). The only reason for salvation is Christ Himself (Acts 4:12;Isa. 28:16). The only reason for sanctification is Christ Himself (1Cor. 1:30). "His name's sake" includes all these things and much more (Rom. 5:20-21). Salvation is not because of our righteousness, merit, our baptism, nor our works, nor our prayers, nor our repentance nor our faith (Gal. 2:16); but for the sake of Christ, His blood (Heb. 9:12), His righteous obedience unto death (Phil. 2:6-9), His sacrifice and His satisfaction (2Cor. 5:21). We thank God that His blood atonement reaches to all our sins (Heb.2:17), original and actual, secret and open, past, present, and future (Heb. 10:14-17). Therefore, the only reason for the whole salvation is not found in us, but rather in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Isa.43:1-7; 44:21-23). Salvation is always, dependant, determined and accomplished by His performance not ours (Paslm 57:2).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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