The Lord says, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
That’s a strange title isn’t it? How can the all-knowing God, the omniscient One who knows the beginning from the end and everything in between, forget anything? Well, He chooses to remember our sin no more! Read on and be encouraged today!
God has made countless promises to His people, but this one in particular should be a source of unimaginable comfort for us, especially when we know just how sinful we truly are. The Eternal One has promised to erase from His memory every one of our transgressions . . . and to look on us and treat us as if we had never sinned. Think about that for just a moment; our God does what would seem impossible for Him to do. Omniscience has omitted from memory every sinful mess that you and I have ever created. Oh, what amazing grace!
When we, by grace through faith, are clothed in the robes of righteousness that the Lord Jesus Christ purchased for us on the cross, God sees us as He sees His beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased. He loves us with an everlasting love because He has forgiven us with an eternal forgiveness. Because God the Father judged God the Son on our behalf, He is no longer a judge to us. All those whom the Son sets free are free indeed because of the forgetfulness of the All-knowing.
Here is the key to unlocking the power of this promise. When you sin and have repented of that sin with a godly sorrow, yet you still find yourself dealing with gnawing guilt, know this: it is not God who is reminding you of your sin, it is the devil. The accusations of the devil are designed to keep us buried under the weight of our sin and shame. The devil knows that the more we think about our sinful past, the less we think about our Savior in the present.
But this is not for you! In truth, God knows everything all the time, so He can’t really “forget” anything. But what He has promised to do is to never recall our past sins. God refuses to say, “Do you remember when you said this or did that or neglected to say or do something?!”
So . . . have you been dealing with any gnawing guilt lately? Have you been living in the past, rather than learning from the past? Look to the cross and see the One who took your place and paid the penalty for your sin. When He said, “It is finished,” He meant what He said! Sin debt paid in full . . . death conquered . . . devil soon to be cast into outer darkness where there is a weeping and a gnashing of teeth.
The forgetfulness of the All-Knowing is a promise to remember!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!