Since the days of Louis Pasteur, mankind has been aware of the relationship between germs and disease.
These unseen microorganisms enter into the body and cause us any number of physical problems. It is for this reason that we use various agents to try and kill said disease.
Many times, the cleaners we use to sanitize our homes, offices and the like advertise how effective they are at getting rid of these unseen, but unwanted, pests. They will say something like, “proven to get rid of 99.9 percent of all household germs,” or words to that effect.
But is it curious that they never claim to be 100 percent effective. They always leave themselves that 0.1 percent of a possibility that there is some super-germ somewhere that will be too tough for even the toughest cleansing agent.
The Bible declares, however, that there is a cleaning agent that is 100 percent effective. Not effective at getting rid of germs, but rather effective at getting rid of an even worse malady: sin and it’s spiritual consequences.
Some might not think sin to be so bad. Used to its ways, they simply accept it as a part of their lives, but while a germ might make you physically ill, or even bring about the death of the body, sin, God tells us, brings spiritual death. (cf. Romans 6:23) Concerning our eternal home, Jesus said concerning sin and heaven, “you will die in your sin, and where I go, you cannot come.” (John 8:21) Elsewhere in Scripture we are reminded concerning sin, “those who do such things cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21; cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9) Simply put, sin keeps you out of heaven and guarantees a judgment of condemnation before God in the last.
What to do about sin? Its touch is corrupting, and everyone is guilty. (cf. Romans 3:23) Should we just ignore the problem and hope it goes away? While some might decide to do just so, the rational actor, realizing the enormity of the situation, realizes that there is a solution needed. But what is the solution?
The apostle Paul presented the case, in Romans 7, of a man struggling with sin in his life, wanting to do right, but finding that Spiritually, he fell far short of where he wanted to be. He voices the cry of one who recognizes he needs a solution: “ O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)
The wise apostle presents the answer to the dilemma in the very next chapter, stating, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2; NKJV)
The blood of Christ is effective in cleansing the believing saint from all sins. Notice the words of another of the apostles: “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7; NKJV)
Notice the amount of sin that the blood of Christ can cleanse from your life, from your soul. It is not 10 percent, or 50 percent, or 80 percent, or even 99.9 percent. The blood of Christ, if we are willing to walk according to the Spirit, living our lives by the light of God’s word, is effective on 100 percent of all our sins.
There is no sin that God cannot forgive through Christ if we will come to Him for that cleansing. This does not mean that all men everywhere will be forgiven. Just as a cleaning agent does no good in a bottle under your sink, it is only effective when applied, so too with the salvation Christ offers from sin. You must come to Him in faith (cf. John 8:24), you must repent of those sins (cf. Luke 13:3) and you must be buried with Christ in baptism (cf. Acts 2:38, 22:16).
When you have done these things, the sin is gone. As the Scriptures elsewhere say, you have been washed as white as new-fallen snow, not a blot or a stain remains (cf. Isaiah 1:18) It is, in every case, 100 percent effective.
If you desire to learn more about God’s plan of salvation in Christ, the church of Christ invites you to study and worship with us at 234 Chapel Drive, Gallipolis.
Jonathan McAnulty is minister of Chapel Hill Church of Christ.