This week I would like to give you a word of encouragement from the Scriptures relating to sin in the life of the Christian. To be sure, sin was the ruin of mankind, but God had a remedy for our ruin: He sent our Redeemer, who does something quite radical to what was once our ruin. When we trust in Christ alone for our salvation, all of our sins—past, present, and those still to come—are freely, fully, and immediately forgiven. They are taken away and nailed to the cross of Christ.
Today we will look at one remarkable way the Word of God explains this Gospel truth. On Wednesday and Friday we will unpack two others.
A DIVINE DISTANCE
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)
You might well ask, “How far is the east from the west actually?” Well, if you start heading due north at any point on the map you would eventually get to the North Pole and begin heading south. But if you start going west and continue going west you keep going west. East and west never meet!
WOW! Think about that truth for a moment. God is saying that your sins have been completely forgiven and removed from you by an infinite distance—A DIVINE DISTANCE—never to meet up with you ever again.
Now, it may very well be that you will find yourself meeting back up with the memory of your sins. If and when that happens, know this: it is not God who is reminding you of your transgressions. It is the devil who wants you to focus on your past sins so that you will not advance into your promised future. Don’t let him do it! Refuse to relive your past sins. God has removed them as far as the east is from the west. They are gone; the sin debt was paid in full at Calvary. Let those old sins go and get on with living the life God is calling you to live today.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!