October 10, 2009
What does God do with our sins?
There is no greater joy and peace for a sinner than knowing that he or she has been ransomed, healed, restored and forgiven of all his sins.
The Holy Spirit “witnesses with our spirit” giving this great assurance that all our sins are under the blood of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is our great advocate in heaven pleading our case before the Father. He is not declaring our innocence, but our guilt, and the fact that we have accepted Him as our Substitute who died in our place on the cross.
The Holy Spirit is also our advocate working within us, pointing out our sinfulness and depravity, and giving assurance of the infinite benefits of the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse and forgive. He helps us to trust entirely on Jesus Christ and His finished work. The inner advocate never points to Himself, but always to our Lord and Savior who gave Himself up for us.
God the Father lays all our sins on His Son. Jesus bore our sins as our divine Substitute. “The LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:6). God struck His Son, Jesus Christ, with a great force. “It is finished!” Our debt has been paid in full.
Jesus Christ lifts up and takes away our sins. “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, 36). John the Baptist used a word that means, “to take up and carry away.” Only the Lamb of God makes the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
God removes all our sins an infinitely, immeasurable distance from us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). True east and true west go off into space and extend out into infinity. That is how far the LORD God has removed all our sins from His presence!”
Now since God can do that it means our sins can never be found. The LORD God declared, “In those days and at that time, search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I shall pardon those whom I leave as a remnant” (Jeremiah 50:20).
God forgives all or sins. “In Him [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us” (Ephesians 1:7-8). And then He gives a bar of spiritual soap. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
God once and for all released us from our sins by the blood of Jesus (Rom. 1:5), and when He cleanses He makes us white as snow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be a white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18). When God washes us, we are clean. “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm. 51:7).
God “pardons abundantly” (Isa. 55:7), “all your iniquities” (Ps. 103:3).
God “will tread our iniquities underfoot.” Have you ever seen something God stomped on? Then, “Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
God does something we seldom do; He remembers our sins no more. “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17; Jeremiah 31:34).
God says He can see them no more because He “has cast all my sins behind Your back” (Isaiah 38:17). Literally, He cast them “between His shoulder blades,” where they can never be seen.
He covers our sins, blots them out as a thick cloud (Rom. 4:7; Isa. 43:25; 44:22).
The LORD God atones or covers our sins in such a way that He even blots out the proof against us, nailing it to the cross (Rom. 4:7-8; Col. 2:14). He has “cancelled out the certificate of debt,” and declares, “Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will not take into account” (Psalm. 32:2).