What God Has Forgotten
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12 NIV)
We live in a merit-based society; and so, from the time we are children, we strive to earn stars and to be rewarded for the good work we have done. Perhaps this helps establish a good work ethic as we get older, but it can also serve as a hindrance in our spiritual walk. When we come to Christ, we readily admit our need for a Savior and willingly accept his sacrifice on the cross as the propitiation for our sins. But once we become Christians, we want to go back and do penance for those very sins.
In the Old Testament, God said, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). And to emphasize its importance under the new covenant, he repeats the same verse in the New Testament book of Hebrews: “I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
You’re not being holy and humble by remembering something God has forgotten! Remorse is a powerful thing, even though we know that God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But when we want to bring again before the Lord that fault that has already been confessed, God says to us, “What are you talking about? There’s no record of that here in heaven. No, you confessed that. I see you through Christ. I see you perfect through my Son.”
That’s the gospel message! Let’s rejoice in that truth today!
Read Hebrews 8:1-13.