The Two Coverings

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper.”- Proverbs 28:13

“Thou Hast covered all their sins.”- Psalm 85:2

We have man’s covering, which is worthless and culpable, and God’s covering, which is profitable, and worthy of all acceptation. No sooner had man disobeyed his Maker’s will in the garden of Eden than he discovered, to his surprise and dismay, that he was naked, and he set about at once to make himself a covering. It was a poor attempt which our first parents made, and it proved a miserable failure. “They sewed fig-leaves together.” After that God came in, revealed to them yet more fully their nakedness, made them confess their sin, brought their transgression home to them, and then it is written, the Lord God made them coats of skin. Probably the coats were made of the skins of animals which had been offered in sacrifice, and, if so, they were a fit type of Him who has provided us with a sin-offering and a robe of perfect righteousness. Every man since the days of Adam has gone through much of the same experience, more or less relying on his own ingenuity to hide his own confusion of face. He has discovered that sin has made him naked, and he has set to work to clothe himself… But God has been pleased to deal with His own people, according to the riches of His grace; He has covered their shame and put away their sins that they should not be remembered any more.

May the Holy Spirit be pleased to give you discernment, that you may see your destitute state in the presence of God, and understand the merciful relief that God Himself has provided in the bounty of His grace! ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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