God's Estimate of the Blood.

It is God's estimate of the blood of Christ that is the measure of my acceptance with Himself. It gives me peace. I have been reconciled to God in the consciousness of the perfect love that gave Christ; but besides that I am brought into perfect favour with God - the favour which rests upon Christ. It is not merely that old things are gone, and my sins washed away in the blood of Christ, but the perfect love of God is revealed in doing it. I come back to God in unbounded confidence and infinite love. This is the place of the Christian. Christ being in us, teaches us, and conducts down into our souls this love of God; and the heart is thus reconciled in blessed peace and righteousness, resting in the consciousness of His perfect grace towards us. J. N. Darby.