May 24, 2006
He Will Not Remember
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Here is a beautiful verse! The Lord is speaking to Israel here, but we can get in on the blessing of it as it is in keeping with New Testament teaching.
First of all, God says that He blotteth out our transgressions for His own sake. That means that there is nothing we can do to deserve having our transgressions blotted out, but it is for His own pleasure that He saves us. Therefore, it is of no account that we are unworthy sinners in and of ourselves, because He is worthy. It pleases God to do this for His own sake that He might enjoy the friendship of His creation. That is a tremendous thought and I suggest you stop and ponder it!
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [Emphasis added]
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Secondly, God says He will not remember our sins! He Will Not! Read that again - He WILL NOT remember our sins. By an act of His sovereign will God chooses not to remember my sins. He chooses not to remember your sins if you have also believed on Christ in faith. For us this act of willful forgetfulness is applied through the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, which cleanseth us from all sin. (1John 1:7-9).
The doubters who wish to question their own salvation or the salvation of others will ask, "But what if He decides to remember?" In the modern expression, "What don't you understand about 'will not'?" It is a promise not up for debate. If God does not keep His word, He's a liar and you shouldn't believe in Him anyway! Romans 3:4 ...yea, let God be true, but every man a liar... Every time man contradicts a plain promise of God, it's man that is lying, not God! That includes your own deceitful heart (Jer. 17:9).
We have no cause to fear man's threats nor ourselves, for nothing rests upon our worthiness or upon us, with out discouraging tendency to sin. The Lord says He will not remember our sins, and that He has blotted out our transgressions for His own sake. Believe it! Praise the Lord!
Psalm 130 ¶ A Song of degrees.
1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 ¶ I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.