Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Need to Plead Guilty

Without confession there is no salvation. The love of God towards sinners is infinite. The readiness of Christ to receive sinners is unbounded.
The blood of Christ can cleanse away all sin. But we must “plead guilty” before God can declare us innocent. We must acknowledge that we surrender at discretion before we can be pardoned and let go free. Sins that are known and not confessed, are sins that are not forgiven. They are yet upon us, and daily sinking us nearer to hell.
~ J.C. Ryle
Knots Untied, “Confession” [Cambridge, England: James Clarke & Co., 1977], 207.

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