THE BALM IN GILEAD AND THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
“Is there no balm in Gilead?” [Jer 8:22]
Why, the very question implies that THERE IS balm in Gilead; that God has provided a remedy which is suitable to the desperate malady; and that there is more in the balm to heal than there is in guilt to wound; for there is more in grace to save than there is in sin to destroy.
Spiritually viewed, what is this precious ‘Balm in Gilead’?
Is it not the Savior’s blood–that precious, precious blood, of which the Holy Spirit testifies that it “cleanses from all sin?” [1Jn 1:7] Look at the words; weigh them well; they will bear the strictest, closest examination.
“ALL SIN;” then sins before salvation, sins after salvation, sins of thought, sins of word, sins of deed, sins of omission, sins of commission, sins against light, sins against life, sins against love, sins against the law, sins against the gospel, sins against God- in every shape, in every form, of every name, every kind, every hue, every blackness, one sin only EXCEPTED –
THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH A BELIEVER CAN NEVER COMMIT!
“The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses,” not from some sins, not from many sins, not from a thousand sins, not from a million sins, but “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from ALL SIN.”
This is indeed the balm, when the conscience is cut and gashed, bleeding and sore, to allay the hurt, to soothe the pain, to bring together the edges of the wound and to make it graciously heal.