Cleansing of Sin

When the one sick of the palsy was brought to Jesus, the insight and spiritual understanding of the great Teacher at once enabled him to bring about the true healing that the sick one needed. His first words were, "Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee." Jesus saw not a hardened sinner, but one whose sins had brought him suffering; and he knew that what was primarily needed was a wiping out of the belief that the real man is ever capable of sin.

This wiping out of the belief in the reality and necessity of sin Jesus divinely accomplished instantaneously; and the simple words, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," but faintly portray the tremendous unfoldment of the spotless purity of God, good, that took place in the thinking of the sick man as Jesus beheld the spiritual, real man, sinless and perfect. The result was that the sufferer's sins were actually forgiven or destroyed. He was no longer bound by sin, and was also free from regret, remorse, and suffering. He was cleansed and purified. That was forgiveness.

Harmony in the Sunday School
July 3, 1926

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