When God forgets…

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January 28, 2016 by Jon Law

25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own,26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 9:25-26

Jesus’ sacrifice secures once and for all everything that the High Priests’ repeated sacrifices were unable to. It is summed up in one phrase: Jesus ‘put away sin.’

When we put things away, it usually just for a relatively short period of time. We put our clothes away in the cupboards for a few days before we wear them again. We put the Christmas decorations away sometime around the new year until December comes back around. And while we put things away in the loft that we may not need now, we like to think that sometime in the future those misshaped, porcelain egg cups will come in handy…

When Jesus put away our sin, it wasn’t just for a season: it was for good! He isn’t going to pull our sins out of the cupboard again to remind us of our mistakes! We aren’t going to stand before God who’ll have a big pile of all our sins next to Him that He can’t wait to remind us of. Quoting Jeremiah 31, Hebrews says that God ‘will remember their sins no more’ (Hebrews 8:12).

God does not see you according to your sins. Every single mistake you have ever made, are making right now, or will ever make, has already been ‘put away’ by Jesus. And He has thrown away the key.

What are the practical implications for how we live in the light of Jesus putting away our sin by His sacrifice?


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