By Richard Sibbes
As we sin daily, so Zech.13.1, “There is a fountain daily running, to wash away sin and uncleanness.” Therefore for our daily sinning, we must continually run and bathe our souls in this blood, apply the comforts of his sufferings, intercession, and obedience unto us. St. John teaches us this much; He says, “If any man sin, we have as advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world,” 1st John 2.1. If we sin daily, he justifies the sinner daily: He came to save sinners: therefore, when sin stirs us up to run from God, we should run to him. Faith says, “There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8.1. Why?
My sin was condemned in Christ, and a condemned person has no voice. Christ came to destroy sin, and condemned sin in the flesh. Our sins were crucified with him, and are now all condemned sins, if we will go to Christ, who has borne all our iniquities, as the prophet Isaiah excellently shows. Therefore St. Paul triumphantly demands the question, “Who will lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God who justifies, who is he that condemns? “It is Christ who died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall then separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8.38,31.
So in our daily sins you see we have use of these things, to have, upon our confession, a daily pardon of course taken out everyday. Thus God would not have us sink. So long as there is matter of guilt in us, God will have a way to cleanse our souls, and renew our comforts. Everyday we run into new debts, and everyday in the Lord’s prayer we are taught to ask pardon, and to run to God, to have the book crossed out with his blood.
Every day a Christian must eye the brazen serpent, I mean the Lord Jesus, signified thereby; he must sprinkle his heart with the blood if Christ, that the destroying angel may pass him in the day of wrath, as the Israelites then did.
This is it to live by faith; every day to sue out our pardon; to look to our advocate and surety, who has paid our debts, and cancelled that obligation against us, contrary to us, as the apostle speaks, daily to wash in that ever-running fountain. “Christ is a priest forever, after the order of Melchisedec,” Ps. 110.4. Though the act be past, he remains the same still. What puts down our courage, strikes us with terror and fear, but our sins? Oh but why is this brazen serpent lifted, but to wash away our daily frailties and failings,so as whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life? John 3.14-15.