January 9

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 11:27-12:20; Job 15:1-35; Matt. 7:7-29

“Man, your sins are forgiven you.” Luke 5:20
And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48

On these two occasions, our Lord Jesus pronounced certain persons’ sins forgiven. A paralyzed man and an immoral woman received this great blessing. Neither the number nor the nature of their sins was a decisive factor. Nor did He demand an extended period of penitence as a prior condition of His forgiveness. But this He did look for—”faith” or “trust” in Himself. Without that, there could be no forgiveness. The Gospel’s promise is, “everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:43). —George Hall

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?—Elisha A. Hoffman

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Genesis 11:27-12:20; Job 15:1-35; Matthew 7:7-29

Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

Here is a simple way to reach children with the gospel using your five fingers. There is one way to heaven—the Lord Jesus (John 14:6)! There are two choices—we can “believe” or “believe not” (John 3:36). To “believe not” results in God’s wrath. To “believe” results in God’s life. What are we to believe? Three facts: Christ died for our sins; He was buried (proving He really died); and He rose from the dead. “Four-giveness of sins” belongs only to those who believe and receive Christ as Saviour (Acts 13:38). Then enjoy these five golden words of eternal security, “I give them eternal life” (John 10:28, NKJV). The gospel is in your hand. Now, give it away! —Brian Cretney

How precious are the children to our Saviour’s loving heart;
The One who bade them come, bids us to go and do our part. —B. C.