A God Who Forgives
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God…. then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10: 12 and 17)
Have you ever stopped to ponder what it means to have your sins forgiven? Have you ever stopped to think about all that is involved in God’s forgiveness of our sins?
The word forgiven is a strong word. It means to send away. This point is pictured graphically in Leviticus 16: 7-10 where the sins of the people were confessed upon the scape goat and then the goat was taken far into the wilderness and left to die, never to return.
When God forgives our sins He sends them away. He forgives our sins and forgets our sins.
How can God be so gracious and kind to us? Well, God does not simply dispense forgiveness arbitrarily. Certain conditions have to be met before God’s forgiveness can be received.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (10: 4). Then he reminds us that there is One who can take away our sins by the shedding of His blood. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God (10: 12).
The forgiveness of our sins required the shedding of the blood of Jesus on the cross. Without the shedding of His blood, no one could experience forgiveness.
The great old hymn captures this truth, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh! Precious is the flow that makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” (“ Nothing but the Blood,” Robert Lowery, 1826-1899)
Did you know that there is enough power in the blood of Jesus to cleanse you of any sin you have ever committed? Yes, it is true. Our heavenly Father stands on the ground of the shed blood of His Son and pronounces repentant sinners forgiven of ALL sin. Amen. Dr. Roger D. Willmore is Senior Pastor of Deerfoot Baptist Church in Trussville, AL and a popular conference speaker at America’s Keswick
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 1796-1822). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: Holiness is characteristic of every Christian. If we are not holy, our profession of Christ is valueless. —Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Verse to Memorize: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9