Published September 27, 2011

Paul's Epistle...
"Paid In Full"

A few months ago we had a lot of trouble regarding the billing for one of our Verizon accounts at the office.

We were getting dunning phone calls from collection agencies saying that the account for our one online service was past due. In fact, I got one call insisting that the current invoice had not been paid and that the previous invoice had not been paid, either. The caller was – as such people tend to be – very insistent. Of course, that's what they're paid to do.

The only problem was that, in fact, those invoices had been paid. And a record of payments to our account posted on Verizon's own customer website indicated that those invoices had, indeed, been paid.

I confess – it is extremely annoying hearing someone say your account hasn't been paid, when, in fact, it has been.

But isn't that what Satan does?

Satan will bug you constantly – questioning your salvation, telling you you're not really saved, telling you there is no way you can pay your sin debt to God. "You're just not good enough!"

But the truth of the matter is that, if you've accepted Christ as your Savior and Lord, if you've surrendered your life to Him, your sin debt has, indeed, already been paid. The debt was wiped out at Calvary — all you had to do was accept that fact. Your account in the Book of Life was then stamped "Paid In Full!"  He paid the price you could not pay, as one song put it. You are "paid up," not by anything you could do on your own, but by what Christ did at Calvary when He died for you as the penalty for your sins. (See Isaiah 53:5,6.)

That reminds me of an old hymn penned by Frank M. Graham in 1902:

There was a time on earth, when in the book of Heav'n
An old account was standing for sins yet unforgiv'n;
My name was at the top, and many things below,
I went to the Keeper, and settled long ago.

Long ago (down on my knees), long ago (I settled it all),
Yes, the old account was settled long ago (Hallelujah!);
And the record's clear today, for He washed my sins away,
When the old account was settled long ago.

If you're a Christian, the "old account" was settled when you accepted Christ. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

So... If that Verizon guy calls again about an "unpaid bill" that's actually been paid, I think I'll just hang up on him. And if Satan bugs you again about your salvation, I'd suggest you do the same.

- Paul

PS: Also see "Debt" at this page.

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