Sittin' Pretty

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How often are we able to rejoice at the salvation of other believers?

One Sunday I was preaching in Philadelphia. My subject was a rehearsal of the verses in the Scripture in which God treats His work concerning our sin. As I preached this great message of deliverance, I noted a boy about twelve years old. He was sitting in the gallery, and he leaned forward, holding the rail, listening with great intentness. When I came to my summing up I put all of the promises into a single sentence. Our sins are forgiven, forgotten, cleansed, pardoned, atoned for, remitted, covered; they have been cast into the depths of the sea, blotted out as a thick cloud, removed as far as the east is from the west, remembered against us no more forever, cast behind God's back.

After the closing hymn, I went to the back of the church to greet the people as they were leaving. In a few moments the people from the galleries began to come down, and the boy came toward me. He caught my sleeve and said, "Good sermon, Doc!" I smiled and he continued, "Gee, we're sure sittin' pretty, aren't we?" And then he went on his way. I looked after him for a moment and a great joy came in my heart, because I knew there had been in his heart the witness of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Since our sins are “forgiven, forgotten, cleansed, pardoned, atoned for, remitted, covered” is there anything we can do that God would not forgive us for.
  2. How often are we able to rejoice at the salvation of other believers? 

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