When Moses met with God on Mount Sinai, God proclaimed himself, "The Lord, merciful, and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty. Visiting the sins of the father unto the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6&7) God is perfect in love and perfect in justice.
When Christ appeared before the throne of God in heaven with his own blood, (Hebrews 9:6) perfect justice was achieved. The punishment of our sins and iniquities was paid in full by Jesus blood on the Cross. God eternal; our creator has now looked upon the blood sacrifice of Jesus and is satisfied. Perfect justice has now been fulfilled. We who have now repented and asked Jesus Christ to come into our hearts and be our Savior are now reconciled, with all enmity forever removed! Our sins are now forgiven, our guilt is now gone! We now can say, "There is no fear in love: but perfect love casts out all fear." (1 John 4:18) We are free to live without torment! Our heavenly Father proclaims himself merciful and gracious. We are now his children. He loves us more than we can ever know or understand. All powerful, almighty God, who shows us kindness, love, joy, and peace has now taken us for his own. Scripture tells us "no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly." "If we delight ourselves in the Lord he will give us the desires of our heart." Our heavenly Father truly is now our Father of love and mercy.
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross is the one and only way we can be accepted and pronounced clean in the eyes of God. We can not add our works to the now finished work of Christ. We will go again to the book of Galatians and ask ourselves as Paul asked them, "are you so foolish having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?" We will never again relate to God from the basis of performance, but rather we will stand fast in this New Testament covenant of Grace. Here we repent of our own works and trust only in the finished work of the Cross. We rest in this place of total acceptance which we now abide in through the blood of Jesus Christ. A good example of the difference of the Old and New Covenant can be seen in the example of the poor man and his master. Under the old covenant the poor man goes to the rich man with his tithe and after proving he has indeed paid it in full, he escapes the anger of the master who then allows him to labor for another week. Under our new covenant the master adopts the poor man as his son. He then transfers all of his wealth to a joint account and tells the poor man (now his son), he has access to all the riches of the master (now Father) by faith. Romans 5:2&17) "We now have access by faith into this grace that we now stand in." "For by the sin of Adam death reigned by one man, how much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."
REST NOW MY CHILD IN CHRIST ALONE