Forgiveness costs somebody something, somebody absorbs the offence to offer forgiveness.
Jesus’ sacrifice was God’s final answer to the universal problem of human sin, and is the only way to be forever forgiven. He absorbed the offence for you.
The New Covenant that Jesus died to initiate has to do with an inner transformation. God changes the heart of man, and writes His law into our hearts. This is a deeper remedy than the blood of bulls and goats, this cleanses our conscience, this is a new birth of a new creation, this is real and true and lasting forgiveness.
Jesus offers you complete forgiveness,
you are forever forgiven.
The forgiveness is so complete that God says He will never call to mind our sin, and when God says something, it happens.
I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.
For us, we’ve go to do with sin exactly what God has done: forget about it.
We need to recognise it, admit we have sinned, realise it, realise that alone we can never cancel out that record, repent of it, turn away from it, and receive it, accept the forgiveness on offer. Acknowledge it, as God did in sending Christ, but have it dealt with and leave it unthought of.
Sin removes us from God and His presence,
forgiveness rejoins us.
God sees you as positionally perfect, nothing to add to make you good enough in His eyes, He looks at you and sees the righteousness of Christ, God looks at us and He sees forgiven sinners, He sees you as perfect because there is nothing left to add in terms of forgiveness and reconciliation.
So, where do we stand? We stand forgiven in His eyes with a repentant faith in Jesus.
This devotional was part of a message given at Saar Fellowship, hear it in full at saarfellowship.com