The Covington News - - Religion -

pay­ments only to the per­son of my choice.” Well, I could say that, but then I would leave the deal­er­ship a pedes­trian, not a new car owner. Any pay­ment I make must be to sat­isfy the debt owed the man­u­fac­turer. The same is true spir­i­tu­ally. Those who think they can earn heaven by be­ing good, kind and nice to peo­ple are at­tempt­ing the im­pos­si­ble: they are at­tempt­ing to sat­isfy a real debt against the Cos­mic Cred­i­tor by pay­ing dues to the wrong ac­count.

Since the debt we owe is against God, he and he alone has the right to de­mand both pay­ment and proper set­tle­ment. For those of us who be­lieve the Bib­li­cal record, the holy God did just that by be­com­ing man and as­sum­ing our debt. Je­sus Christ paid the debt in full. When I ac­cept that won­der­ful gift, he of­fers two won­der­ful trans­ac­tions take place. First all my fail­ures are legally trans­ferred to Christ. Sec­ond, all of Christ’s right­eous­ness is trans­ferred to my ac­count. Amaz­ing. That is why the Bi­ble refers to all be­liev­ers as saints.

My prayer on this All Saints Day is that if you have not ac­cepted Christ as your sav­ior, you do so and be­come a mem­ber of the saints; be­come a mem­ber of God’s for­ever fam­ily.

Dr. John Pearrell is pas­tor of Gate­way Com­mu­nity Church. Write him in care of the church at 11677 Brown Bridge Road Cov­ing­ton, GA 30016 or john.pearrell@gate­way­commu­ For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Gate­way Web site at www.gate­way­commu­

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