"They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb" - Rev 12:11
I read an article recently, written by a friend of a friend, a guy called Jonny. It was a review of Carson's book "Scandalous" and he discussed the Chapter of the book entitled "The strange triumph of a slaughtered Lamb." I've been thinking about it over the last few days and have to just say that i am truly so glad that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and none of our own efforts. This is the only plea that any of us have when we approach the throne of God. Every single person alike. No matter how sinful we are, or how good we might appear to be. No matter how much we do, or how little we do. Whether we've had a good day, or a bad day. We all come to Him alike, and we all overcome satan's accusations, simply and purely because of the blood of a slaughtered Lamb.
I checked out the original chapter of Carson's book, after reading the article. He writes about how satan not only accuses us to make us feel dirty and defeated, but he accuses us before God. He goes on to say "What can we say in response? Will our defense be, "Oh, i'm not that bad!"? You will never beat satan that way. What you must say is, "satan, i'm even worse than you think, but God loves me anyway. He has accepted me because of the blood of the Lamb.""
Ultimately, as Jonny said in his article, "despite all of our works, or lack of works.... the heavens rejoice and those who dwell in them because of the triumph of a slaughtered lamb." And for this i am incredibly grateful.