All Have Sinned, but…

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 1:8-10
1 John 2:1-2

“We alone belong to God” boasted the false teachers. “And we can do as we please there is no sin.” John responds: Those who truly belong to God admit their sins and trust in Jesus who paid for them. “My Advocate” by Martha Nicholson says it well:

I sinned. And straightway, post-haste, Satan flew

Before the presence of the Most High God

And made a railing accusation there.

He said, “This soul, this thing of clay and sod

Has sinned. ‘Tis true that he has named Your Name

But I demand his death for You have said,

`The soul that sins, it shall die.’ Shall not

Your sentence be fulfilled? Is justice dead?

Send now this wretched sinner to his doom.

What other thing can a righteous ruler do?”

And every word he spoke, O God, was true!

Then quickly One rose up from God’s right hand

Before whose glory angels veil their eyes.

He spoke: “Each jot and tittle of the law

Must be fulfilled: the guilty sinner dies!

But wait . . . Suppose his guilt were all transferred

to Me and that I paid his penalty!

Behold My hands, My side, My feet! One day

I was made sin for him and died that he

Might be presented faultless at Your throne!”

Then Satan fled away. Full well he knew

That he could not prevail against such love

For every word my dear Lord spoke was true!