No memory of sin…

Humans are imperfect. When someone wrongs us, we might forgive them, but very rarely will we completely forget about it.  I’m so glad we serve a God who is the opposite of this!  He does NOT keep record of His children’s wrongdoings, or mention it to make them feel guilty and condemn them. Anybody who preaches this is going against God’s word. Jesus paid a single sacrifice, and if we believe this we are forever perfected and made holy (blameless).

“For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.” Heb 10:14

It is therefore a waste of time to continually tell God how bad you are, how many times you’ve sinned or how guilty you feel.  The Word says He won’t even recall your sins – so why should you spend all your time and energy on it?

“The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17

He rests in silent satisfaction when He looks at you – making no mention of past sins, or even recalling them! All that He sees is the fact that you believe in His Son, and the fact that you are now perfected through His work on the cross. Another verse comes to mind:

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Ps 103:12

I’m delighted about this! If this is God’s word – never let anyone convince you that you need to confess all your past sins in order to be purified. If you believe in Jesus, you have been set free and made holy!

God’s gift to us (Part 1)

Jesus referred to Himself as “God’s gift” (John 4:10).  When you ask a Christian what this means, they will most probably tell you “He saved me”.  This is definitely true, and it is the first and foremost point I want to talk about.  But, we must not stop there.  Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished even more than just salvation of our souls.  God’s gift to us – Jesus – endured the worst possible torture hanging on that cross.  He carried the weight of every single sin (past, present and future) so that we could once again be reconciled to God through faith in Him.

“Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.” Col 1:22

Through the gift He gave us, we are now irreproachable in God’s eyes.  Irreproachable means to be blameless, faultless and innocent.  It means we are pure, as if we have never sinned.  Justified.  Righteous.

“And He [ that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world.” 1 John 2:2

“Therefore, since we are justified ( acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” Rom 5:1

The complete, finished work on the cross made eternal life possible for us.  It removed all our sins and now presents as as pure, faultless souls before God.

But wait…there’s more! :-)

How God sees you

It is not noble to think of yourself as a wretched, miserable sinner. Realizing this once is enough, until you hear the fantastic news that Jesus died for all your sins. Then, after this realization, you need to understand that your new position is one of righteousness. You are now pure, blameless and holy.

Becoming born again transfers you from darkness to light (Col 1:13), into a whole new dimension. In this dimension God sees you as He sees Christ, because of the amazing sacrifice He became. Can Christ be sinful, unholy or wretched?  No! Remember that the one sacrifice was enough, you are now forever cleansed!

Walk in this mindset, and your life will change effortlessly.  It will change from the inside out, not the other way around. It will come naturally.

“[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” Col 1:13

“Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.” Col 1:22