From the pulpit: Accounts payable by death of Son

If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

(Philemon 1:18-19)

In the above account, the apostle Paul intercedes on behalf of Onesimus with his master Philemon, whom he hath wronged. Beloved, in the greater sense, you and I were unprofitable, had wronged, and owed the debt of sin unto our master; God the Father. You and I had nothing to pay this debt with. We had wasted our substance.

We had nothing and our credit was worthless. Oh, that there would be someone willing to pay our debt as Paul was for Onesimus above.

The Lord Jesus Christ agreed to put his people&8217;s sins on his account and he paid for our sins.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3).

It is difficult to adequately describe grace, but this will serve as a good example. God did not forget about our sins and let them go unpunished.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Cor. 5:21).

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (Jn. 10:11).

Little child of God, your sins were charged to his account.

Was God, our master, satisfied with the price that Jesus Christ paid for our sins? Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

When our dear saviour put our sin debt on his account, it was no small matter. The price he paid was great and the benefits for us were even greater.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).

Thank God that our sins were put on his son&8217;s account and that he paid for them in full.

Lee Roy Dutton is the pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.