Don't Cover God's Altar With Your Tears
by Heshimu Colar
The confessing sinner's only hope is that God is faithful and worthy to be trusted for salvation. We don't deserve mercy because we've confessed. Our confession expresses that we deserve whatsoever is written in God's Law (Rom 3:19). If a criminal were to broken-heartedly confess guilt in one of our courts, the judge would still have the right to lambaste the lawbreaker and fully sentence him according to the merit of his crimes. Likewise, our sincerest remorse cannot establish the Law of God that we've broken. (Mal 2:13) " And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand."
The difference between fleshly religious pleading and being led by the Holy Spirit, is that religion covers the altar of the Lord with something beyond Christ alone, while the Spirit gives us singular confidence in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the passing over of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Rom 3:25)."
The sinner that comes to God by the blood of His Son doesn't need to doubt whether or not he'll be received. You don't need to add tears to manipulate the Almighty, nor do you need to look into your depraved heart and feeble faith to see if it's sincere enough. Uncover the Altar of the Lord. Don't look to or place any confidence in the sincerity of your conviction. As a hell deserving sinner, plead the blood of Jesus Christ. You may not have the full assurance of faith immediately, and the Law may still afflict your conscience, but whosoever comes by the blood shall be saved. The blood of Christ was the actual payment for the actual sins of actual people, and through Christ's blood, God is "just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Rom 3:26)."
We don't justify ourselves by believing; God is our Justifier through the blood of His Son. "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Rom 3:25-26)." The believing declares WHO God has justified in the cross. And believing declares HOW God makes us partakers of what Christ has accomplished for us already. Having justified us, God is righteous to impute Christ's righteousness unto us by any means that glorifies Him. And He chosen faith that surrenders to the Law honoring life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay; but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law (Rom 3:27-28)."
You don't have to wait until reaching heaven's glory to have peace with God. He is just to justify the ungodly. You don't need to improve your condition by doing good works. "Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness (Rom 4:4-5)."