“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”
HOW does one become one of these blessed souls?
Some observations/thoughts on this condition which God’s Word calls “blessed“: that no sin be counted against the blessed man.
1- This blessedness is NOT a New Testament circumstance ONLY.
In fact, the blessed circumstance was noted more than once in the Old Testament (most notably 2 Samuel 11-12, as covered in Part One).
“Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
2- The blessed condition IS a central part of the New Testament (covenant) of Jesus Christ.
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
3- To obtain this blessed state (where sin is not imputed to he who commits it), one must CONFESS his sin to God. CONFESSION OF SIN TO GOD is a central part of God’s covenant of mercy.
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
4- Several New Testament writers later recorded similar sentiments to what David had written earlier.
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
5- Even though this blessed condition is described in the Old Testament, being a Jew or a member of the children of Israel had nothing to do with obtaining it.
Paul even writes of Abraham–who God counted righteous for his FAITH–that Abraham received this mercy of God BEFORE the ritual of circumcision was pronounced.
“Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.”
6- This blessed state is one of the great eternal benefits of all those who have real faith in Jesus Christ.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
7- Though believers are promised that God’s Holy Spirit will take up residence inside of them at the moment of conversion, the believer is STILL encased in a body made of dirt. The Spirit of God will henceforth war against the sinful flesh of the believer.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
In conclusion, ALL MEN require the blessed state of NOT having iniquity (sin) imputed (counted) to them.
NO MAN is good enough to avoid the pitfalls of sin.
ALL MEN need a savior who will take the blame for the sin which one commits.
Jesus Christ is that savior.
FAITH in the power of Jesus Christ to save one from an eternity of perdition is required.
“And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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