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!

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Only one sacrifice was needed

Jesus offered a complete sacrifice.  When His blood flowed it was enough to deal with our sin – once and for all.  When He said: “It is finished”, He meant it.  Nothing can be added to His sacrifice – all judgement has been lifted off us if we believe in what He did.  Therefore God is not angry at us! When He sees us He looks into the wonderful, complete sacrifice Jesus became.

“But as it now is, He has once for all at the consummation and close of the ages appeared to put away and abolish sin by His sacrifice [of Himself]…Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all…” Heb 9:26, 28

“Whereas this One [Christ], after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins [that shall avail] for all time, sat down at the right hand of God…For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.” Heb 10:12, 14

Look at those words – “put away”, “abolish”, “once for all”, “a single sacrifice”, “for all time”, “forever”, “completely”, “perfected”, “made holy” – why do we try to appease God by striving to live holy?  If we live in a relationship with Jesus this will come naturally – like bearing fruit, but it should never come from a fearful, condemned mindset.  One sacrifice was enough forever, we cannot add to it or improve it.