Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
Select a thought to read by choosing a collection, the month, and then the day:
“If I covered my transgressions as Adam by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom . . .”
“He who covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes sin shall have mercy.”
Solomon, in Proverbs 28:13
From a conversation with Brother Paul C.
The Apostle Paul said that “some men’s sins go before them to the judgment, but other men’s sins come behind.” In other words, some men are wise enough to confess their sins to God and let those sins be washed away by the blood of Christ now, before the Day of Judgment, while other men foolishly attempt to hide their sins, supposing that they will somehow get by, without coming clean. It is far better to confess sins now than to hide them, because confessed sins are forgiven, but hidden sins will be held against the sinner in the Day of Judgment. Job said that Adam attempted to hide his sins, but Adam found out that hiding in shame behind bushes in the garden did not help him at all.
In my conversation with Brother Paul, he said to me, “My shame drove me to God, but Adam’s shame made him hide from God.” That testimony made me realize that what we do with our shame will determine our eternal destiny.
We all have felt shame, for “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” So, knowing what it is to feel shame is a common experience for the inhabitants of earth. The only difference there will have been, then, between those saved in the end and those who will be damned is that some people’s shame drove them to God, while others hid their shame in their breast and put on a happy face.
Where is your shame? In your breast or under the blood of Christ Jesus?