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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
         
56

“God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

Luke 18:13
 
 
   

Friend, this is a prayer befitting all of us for all of us are sinners and in need of mercy and salvation. God delights to hear sincere cries for mercy from repentant sinners. He has never turned a deaf ear to anyone who asked for mercy through Jesus Christ. It is not the simple cry for mercy which brings forgiveness to our souls, but mercy on the basis of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. God does not just forgive our sins and pretend that we never committed them. They were committed and they must be punished. For this reason He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die and to endure the punishment for the sins of those who would pray for mercy through Jesus Christ. To pray for mercy and salvation is to pray for forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ. Any other cry for mercy is in reality an aggravation of sin for it refuses to acknowledge God’s appointed Mediator for sinners between God and men. The purpose which God intends by bestowing His mercy to guilty sinners is: “...that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy which He had prepared beforehand for glory,” that is, that the vessels or recipients of mercy might know something of the infinitely glorious God who forgives infinitely wicked sinners. We are not saved from our sins by any supposed goodness of ours, but by the mercy of God. For it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Are you a vessel of mercy? Do you want to be? If so, you know what to say.

   

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