Erwin Lutzer once told the following story, which illustrates the power of God’s forgiveness: “Many years ago, a father and his daughter were walking through the grass on the Canadian prairie. In the distance, they saw a prairie fire, and they realized that it would soon engulf them. The father knew there was only one way of escape: They would quickly begin a fire right where they were and burn a large patch of grass. When the huge fire drew near, they then would stand on the section that had already burned. When the flames did approach them, the girl was terrified but her father assured her, ‘The flames can’t get to us. We are standing where the fire has already been.'”
Are you a Christian who is haunted by sins you have committed in the past? The good news of grace is that your sins have already been dealt with in totality. The cross of Jesus Christ is the final word on your sins. There, your sin was dealt with completely and you will never have to give account for it again.
“There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,” is the witness of Scripture. Don’t set a standard higher for yourself than the one God has set. If the finished work of Christ is enough for a Holy God, then accept it for yourself! Stand at the foot of the cross, where judgment for your sins have already been, and know confidently that God will never again raise the issue of your past sins. They are gone – forever.