We can make no excuses for our sins. God is surely right when He judges them.

BibleGateway: Romans 3:1-8

ESV Text: Romans 3:1-8

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:7

     1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 387:
Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice


— Organ Audio

1. Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice, 
With exultation springing, 
And, with united heart and voice 
And holy rapture singing, 
Proclaim the wonders God hath done, 
How His right arm the victory won; 
Right dearly it hath cost Him. 

2. Fast bound in Satan’s chains I lay, 
Death brooded darkly o’er me, 
Sin was my torment night and day, 
In sin my mother bore me; 
Yea, deep and deeper still I fell, 
Life had become a living hell, 
So firmly sin possessed me. 

3. My own good works availed me naught, 
No merit they attaining; 
Free will against God’s judgment fought, 
Dead to all good remaining. 
My fears increased till sheer despair 
Left naught but death to be my share; 
The pangs of hell I suffered. 

4. But God beheld my wretched state 
Before the world’s foundation, 
And, mindful of His mercies great, 
He planned my soul’s salvation. 
A father’s heart He turned to me, 
Sought my redemption fervently: 
He gave His dearest Treasure. 

5. He spoke to His beloved Son: 
‘Tis time to have compassion. 
Then go, bright Jewel of My crown, 
And bring to man salvation; 
From sin and sorrow set him free, 
Slay bitter death for him that he 
May live with Thee forever. 

6. This Son obeyed His Father’s will, 
Was born of virgin mother, 
And God’s good pleasure to fulfill, 
He came to be my Brother. 
No garb of pomp or power He wore, 
A servant’s form, like mine, He bore, 
To lead the devil captive. 

7. To me He spake: Hold fast to Me, 
I am thy Rock and Castle; 
Thy Ransom I Myself will be, 
For thee I strive and wrestle; 
For I am with thee, I am thine, 
And evermore thou shalt be Mine; 
The Foe shall not divide us. 

8. The Foe shall shed My precious blood, 
Me of My life bereaving. 
All this I suffer for thy good; 
Be steadfast and believing. 
Life shall from death the victory win, 
My innocence shall bear thy sin; 
So art thou blest forever. 

9. Now to My Father I depart, 
The Holy Spirit sending 
And, heavenly wisdom to impart, 
My help to thee extending. 
He shall in trouble comfort thee, 
Teach thee to know and follow Me, 
And in all truth shall guide thee. 

10. What I have done and taught, teach thou, 
My ways forsake thou never; 
So shall My kingdom flourish now 
And God be praised forever. 
Take heed lest men with base alloy 
The heavenly treasure should destroy; 
This counsel I bequeath thee. 

Christ is our scapegoat, who became guilty of all our sin and then shed His blood as a sacrifice of atonement for us all.

BibleGateway: Leviticus 16:20-34

ESV Text: Leviticus 16:20-34

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:26 and ends at about 6:13

     20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. 23 And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: 24 And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people. 25 And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar. 26 And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp. 27 And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung. 28 And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.

     29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: 30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. 31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. 32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: 33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. 34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 371:
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness


— Organ Audio

1. Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness 
My beauty are, my glorious dress; 
Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, 
With joy shall I lift up my head. 

2. Bold shall I stand in that great Day, 
For who aught to my charge shall lay? 
Fully through these absolved I am 
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame. 

3. The holy, meek, unspotted Lamb, 
Who from the Father’s bosom came, 
Who died for me, e’en me t’atone, 
Now for my Lord and God I own. 

4. Lord, I believe Thy precious blood, 
Which at the mercy-seat of God 
Forever doth for sinners plead, 
For me–e’en for my soul–was shed. 

5. Lord, I believe were sinners more 
Than sands upon the ocean shore, 
Thou hast for all a ransom paid, 
For all a full atonement made. 

6. When from the dust of death I rise 
To claim my mansion in the skies, 
E’en then, this shall be all my plea: 
Jesus hath lived and died for me. 

7. Jesus, be endless praise to Thee, 
Whose boundless mercy hath for me, 
For me, and all Thy hands have made, 
An everlasting ransom paid.