Acts 2:38, Matthew 26:27-28
Have you ever been sitting in church and heard the pastor say “your sins are forgiven,” but maybe thought to yourself “yeah, maybe for everyone else pastor, but not for me. If you only knew the sins that I’ve committed you wouldn’t say that to me.”
God has given us two precious treasures to reassure us personally of the forgiveness of sins: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In Acts chapter 2 verse Peter says
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. –Acts 2:38
Has water been applied to you? Has God’s words and baptism been spoken over you? You are baptized! So what does that mean? You have the forgiveness of sins, you’ve been given the Holy Spirit, it is for you personally.
Matthew chapter 26 jesus said this in instituting the Lord’s Supper:
hen he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you, for this is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. –Matthew 26:27-28
Do you regularly receive the holy supper? Christ’s true body and blood in the bread and wine? If so, then you personally received the forgiveness of sins. It isn’t just for everyone else, but it’s for you!
As that wafer, as that wine touches your very lips, your very tongue, to be reassured that you personally are forgiven. Yes these are God’s gifts to his church. Especially when we think that it is not for us, turn again to your baptism. Remember it often to know that you are God’s child. Receive the Lord’s Supper regularly to be reassured personally, yes my sins are forgiven.
It is for you. Amen.