Indebted to God in every way…but one

One of the most blessed pastimes for a believer is simply to meditate on the glorious attributes of God. To consider and to ruminate on the Divine perfections has the power to not only strengthen your faith but to exhilarate your soul!  An interested believer should consider Tozer’s, The Knowledge of the Holy.  Or for an even more in-depth study try A.W. Pink’s, The Attributes of God. (Both of these works can be found in pdf form  through Google, as well.)

This morning before cooking breakfast for the kids I was doing some devotional reading and suddenly found my soul lifted up in happy worship to the Lord.  Spurgeon has often helped me get a fresh glimpse of the Lord.  This morning’s thought was this: I am deeply and forever indebted to God’s many perfections. That is to say, all but one.  God’s justice has been forever satisfied with nothing less than the perfect sinlessness and atoning mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.  My debt to God’s moral perfections, justly owed, left me in a hopeless state.  Until Christ suffered in my place and in His dying breath declared, “It is finished.”

Here’s Spurgeon’s short essay on this wonderful thought.  I hope you enjoy it too!


“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors.”—Romans 8:12.

S God’s creatures, we are all debtors to Him: to obey Him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken His commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to His justice, and we owe to Him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God’s justice anything, for Christ has paid the debt His people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love. I am a debtor to God’s grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to His justice, for He will never accuse me of a debt already paid.

Christ said, “It is finished!” and by that He meant, that whatever His people owed was wiped away for ever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God’s justice no longer. But then, because we are not debtors to our Lord in that sense, we become ten times more debtors to God than we should have been otherwise.

Christian, pause and ponder for a moment. What a debtor thou art to divine sovereignty! How much thou owest to His disinterested [unconditional, unmerited] love, for He gave His own Son that He might die for thee. Consider how much you owe to His forgiving grace, that after ten thousand affronts He loves you as infinitely as ever.

Consider what you owe to His power; how He has raised you from your death in sin; how He has preserved your spiritual life; how He has kept you from falling; and how, though a thousand enemies have beset your path, you have been able to hold on your way. Consider what you owe to His immutability. Though you have changed a thousand times, He has not changed once. Thou art as deep in debt as thou canst be to every attribute of God. To God thou owest thyself, and all thou hast—yield thyself as a living sacrifice, it is but thy reasonable service.

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