Thursday, 19 September 2019
Jeremiah 33:8 I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.
These are God's words to the people and city of Jerusalem in the last days of the siege in which the city was destroyed by Nebuchanezzar and the Babylonians. He was going to restore the houses torn down to make defenses against the siege ramps; He will restore health and prosperity. They must have seemed incredible to a people under siege and seeing destruction happening all around them.
The important question is: could the people do this or make it happen? The answer is surely: no, they could not. The pronouns in God's words make it very clear. He is going to do this because He is the only one who can do this.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
It reminds us of this verse written in the years after Jesus' earthly ministry. We cannot cleanse ourselves today; we cannot forgive our own sins and get rid of our unrighteousness. Only He can do that. Our part in the process is to admit that we need forgiveness and cleaning - then He does the rest.