The Merciful Sight of Our Tender Shepherd

"They also do no iniquity: they walk in His ways." [Psalms 119:3]

How can it be said that those who “keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart” do not sin? The Holy Spirit clearly states: “they also do no iniquity: they walk in His ways.” We know that everyone sins; we all fall and we all come short of perfectly displaying God’s glory through our minds, hearts, and bodies. But to those who are seeking God with all their heart, to those who are walking in His ways, and striving to stay that path through the strength of His Holy Spirit: to those men, God says they “do no iniquity.” It’s as John says in his epistle, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His Seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin because he is born of God.” [1 John 3:9] John tells us that those with The Seed within them, those with The very Christ living in their hearts, cannot continue to commit sin. For those of us who are saved and thereby indwelt by God Himself, it is impossible for us to continue in a lifestyle of sin. The Holy Spirit will correct us, will rebuke us, will work out in us sanctification and purity, will direct us back to the right path.

What a blessed truth this is. What a glorious thing it is that God could look at us and say they “do no iniquity.” Just as the David says, “blessed is the man unto whom The LORD imputeth not iniquity.” [Psalms 32:2a] Blessed indeed! For our King of Old looks down upon us as perfectly sinless! Even as John tell us, “as [Jesus] is, so are we in this world.” [1 John 4:17b] And Paul, who through The Spirit tells us that in Jesus Christ we are presented before The Father always as “holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight,” and this remains true as long as we continue to walk in His ways, for Paul goes on saying we are presented as the former “if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.”

Blessed be The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has bestowed upon us such an “unspeakable gift.” He has given to us His precious Son, and through His blood we are able to stand before our Father as children and heirs, as those who have never done anything wrong. For The Father sees us not as we are, but sees us as complete in Jesus. “For by one offering [Jesus] hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” [Hebrews 10:14] And God is the One who “calleth those things which be not as though they were.” [Romans 4:17] Praise God that in Jesus Christ, “there is therefore now no condemnation” because we “walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” [Romans 8:1] We are on the good path, the way of salvation, which our tender and blessed Shepherd guides us upon.

Let us not grow faint nor discouraged as His most treasure sheep, for it is our “Father’s good pleasure to give [us] the kingdom.” He sees in us no sin, but view us as The Groom says: “thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” [Songs 4:7] So let us keep the way, let us guard ourselves by God’s grace and continue following Him; for to those who do this God says “they also do no iniquity.”

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