Today is our third and final installment of encouragement from the Scriptures relating to sin in the life of the Christian. On Monday, we saw that God has removed our sin as far as the east is from the west. On Wednesday we looked at su
pernatural “holy hurling” and saw how God was pleased to plunge our sins into the depths of the sea. Today we will see THE REDEEMER WHO WILL NOT REMEMBER.
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sin no more. (Isaiah 43:25)
Notice that God uses some supernatural “white-out” in blotting out our transgressions from the record. Think about that for a moment! We once had a record that was filled with transgressions . . . but no more. In what we would call a legal act, God has blotted all of our sins out from our record. We have been pardoned by the
Supreme Judge. He has wiped the slate clean.
And as if that was not enough, God does something even greater: He chooses to no longer remember our sins. This is a relational act. It is putting away the sense of having ever being offended, harmed, wronged, or injured.
We all know what it means to forget something. I constantly forget where I put both my keys and phone. It is a passive act that you and I engage in on a regular basis. But “not remembering” is something much more than forgetting; it is active and intentional.
Let me encourage you to print the three blogs in this series and keep them in your Bible or put them up next to your computer. And every time you start thinking about all of the mistakes you have made in your past, read through these articles again. We all need daily Gospel reminders that our sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west . . . they have been hurled into the depths of the sea . . . they have been blotted out and remembered no more.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,” our Loving Lord reassures us, “they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). God requires no penance, nor does He put us on probation to see how well we will behave. Because God the Father has dealt with our sins in God the Son, we have been liberated to live a life that is pleasing to God and beneficial to others, living in the joy of the Lord, which is our strength!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!