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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Simple Truths about the Gospel: "I will remember your sins no more"


Today, I'm starting off with a banger of a question, so brace yourself: Do you believe God is waiting to punish you for your sins?

I can't tell you how long I used to believe this and was even taught this in some of the churches I have been a part of. But today, I stand free in the Truth of the Gospel.  

Hebrews 8:12 "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." 

This is God's promise of the New Covenant. On the Cross, Jesus paid the price for all sin, for all time. And as this verse states, God no longer remembers our sins. I'm going to pause here, to let the Holy Spirit help you get your mind and heart around this Truth. It is almost too good to be true, right? But hold on there is more....

2 Corinthians 5:19 "that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them..." 

Now hold on a minute there buddy, are you saying that God is not counting our sins against us, and that He has even forgotten our sins? Yes sir, rebob! That is exactly what the Word of God is saying.

This simple Gospel Truth truly blows me away and continues to astound and amazing me as I embrace this more and more and deeper and deeper within me. It has literally dissolved away every distorted view of God that I've ever held. 

But the sad reality is that the way many Christians live out their faith (as I once did) is in the fear of being punished for their sins. They see an angry God who is just waiting to bring judgment onto people for their sins. And when leaders preach this, they reinforce this distorted image of God as an angry Judge, rather than a loving Father. They preach a God who is holding to the Law of the Old Covenant, rather than a God who has made a New Covenant free of the Law (Hebrews 8:13).

What I understand of the Gospel is that Jesus paid for it all, so we don't have to suffer the judgments and consequences of sin any longer. He became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). He became our curse (Galatians 3:13). He took our punishment for sin (Romans 3:25). 

John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." 

God is all about salvation and life, not condemnation and death. God is not out to get you, but is for you. His desire is to release greater and greater abundant life to you, but the Enemy of God is the one wants to steal, kill and destroy your life (John 10:10). God is love.

1 John 4:19 "...God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement: In this world we are like JesusThere is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 

We no longer need to fear, "because fear has to do with punishment" and we no longer need to fear punishment! "We will have confidence on the day of judgement: In this world we are like Jesus." If you are a Christian, when God looks to you, He sees the perfect life, work and sacrifice of Jesus. Has it clicked yet? Has the light switch been flipped inside of you? Come Holy Spirit!

Now, there maybe some natural consequences from when we sin (for example, if I steal there is a good chance I will get caught by the police), I do think we reap what we sow at times, but God is not the one dishing these consequences out. There are systems and laws already set in place that function in this way, not to mention principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12) who are also ready to mete out punishments.

No, I believe it's in these moments that God is actually the One who is showing us love, grace and mercy because from His perspective, Jesus has already paid the price for all sin for all time, so God no longer holds our sins against us, nor does He even remember them!

Wow! Jump up and down! This is the Gospel! It's like it's too good to be true, but that's why it's called The Good News.

Remember Jesus paid for all our sins even before we were born. Think about that for a minute. Even before you were born Jesus paid for all your sins. But that doesn't automatically save us in a universalist kind of way. No, we each need to personally believe in the work of Jesus as John 3:16 states.

The Gospel is all about believing in Jesus. And it's really important that we are believing the right things because what we believe will influence our thinking about who God is and our behavior in how we approach Him. We are no longer standing before God as a Judge, but can now run into the arms of God as our Father.

Hebrews 4:16 "Let us approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." 

God is not angry with you, He loves you so much. And if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus, you can rest in this simple Gospel Truth, that each and every day God remembers your sins no more. Some may think this is dangerous teaching, that people will run wild into sin, but the Gospel was never about control but about freedom. God is never afraid because He knows what His perfect love has already accomplished and will continue to accomplish in the world. It's man who fears and controls. God's desire is that we would fully live in His perfect Love, never in fear.  

Be Encouraged! Embrace the Truth of the Gospel and Stand Free! You are deeply, deeply loved by God. 

4 comments:

Darren said...

Hi Gerry,

In terms of user feedback I just wanted to mention that the font and colour you have chosen seems very hard to read.

Thanks for your post.

Gerry Ching said...

Thanks Darren. I've changed the font.

neal M said...

Gold!!!

Gerry Ching said...

oh yeah!