Whiter Than Snow - Isaiah 1:18

Verse of the Day - Day 132

Whiter Than Snow Bible Verse
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Today's Bible Verse:

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Whiter Than Snow

God's cleansing forgiveness is better than Tide, Oxi Clean and Zout all put together. For the stain of sin on our souls was worse than any dirt, grease, or earthly grime to ever soil our clothing.

The word "scarlet" here speaks of a fixed or permanent color. It means absolutely nothing could remove it. The phrase, "though your sins are like scarlet," expressed the permanent state of sin on the human heart.

No human means can wash out the stain of sin. None of our efforts, sacrifices, rituals, good deeds, or prayers are sufficient to remove the scarlet stain of sin on our hearts. Only a supernatural, almighty power can remove this blotch.

Before we accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, sin defiled us with the blood-red blot of death. But the active ingredient in God's wonderful forgiveness are better than extra strength stain removers—it alone is powerful enough to erase the darkest filth you can wallow in. Poured over your sin, Christ's cleansing, pardoning fountain of forgiveness washes us whiter than snow.

What is this secret, active ingredient? It is the the blood of Jesus, the only sufficient cleansing agent for our sin:

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace … (Ephesians 1:7, ESV)

With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.  (Hebrews 9:12, NLT)

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7, NLT)

Only the crimson blood of Christ can dissolve the scarlet stain of sin. Isaiah proclaimed the promise of cleansing and Jesus Christ fulfilled it. This promise is not just the cleansing away of the past, but of a wholly new, divine and spotless nature:

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. (2 Peter 1:3–4, NLT)

(Sources: Lange, J. P., Schaff, P., Nägelsbach, C. W. E., Lowrie, S. T., & Moore, D. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Isaiah (p. 44). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)

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