Does God truly forget our sins? The simple answer would be “of course, God has dealt with the issue of sin, He has forgiven AND FORGOTTEN!” We appropriate this truth by believing and walking in its consciousness. Now let’s look at a detailed explanation.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” – Romans 3:23-24
The aim of Romans 3:23 isn’t to put it in our face that we are sinners but to show us that despite our sins, despite our fall from God’s glory, God has freely made us right with Himself. Not because we were able to do right but because Jesus Christ freed us from the spiritual consequences of our sins. This is how sin has lost its power! We are judged now based on what Jesus has done. Based on this, Jesus said in John 3:17-18
“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”
Now you see that? God’s purpose in sending Jesus isn’t to judge us or tell us how bad we were but to save us through Him! We are justified by faith in the finished works of Jesus and not by any kind of efforts. The Bible clearly shows us how God has made His judgment. This is how: anyone who believes has been declared free and what exactly are we to believe? The Bible tells us in John 3:16
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
We should believe that God loves us despite all odds, that Jesus proceeds from the father and has been given as the propitiation for our sins, that what Jesus did is enough and that we are saved in Him! The Bible says “everyone who believes…” It doesn’t matter who and what he or she has done, Jesus is mighty to save! God has dealt with the issue of sin entirely, once and for all as the Bible says in Romans 6:10
“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.”
And Jesus said on the cross in John 19:30
“It is finished!”
God’s forgiveness and forgetfulness of our sins isn’t an indication that He is suffering memory loss but it indicates the length and breadth with which He has forgiven our sins. He chose to forget it, He chose to see us on a clean slate! He doesn’t see our past because it is gone! He sees us as new creatures who are as clean as Jesus! He sees us in Jesus! God said in Isaiah 43:25
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.”
God didn’t just promise to deal with sin, He promised never to think about them again! He doesn’t have the record of our sins and as long as we are in Jesus, He isn’t judging us as sinners anymore. So why stay on that sin consciousness? Why keep mourning a past that doesn’t belong to us anymore? The Psalmist after seeing this vision of what God would do in the New Testament wrote in Psalms 103:12
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
God has removed our sins, He didn’t just forgive us, He didn’t just overlook it, He removed it entirely and we became brand new and became born of a seed that can never be corrupted by sin (1 Peter 1:23). I don’t know how this sounds to you, I don’t know if you feel very uneasy that God isn’t legalistic as you ever thought but these aren’t my own words but the gospel!
What you feel about sin and people will not change what God has done about it! Does this give people a license to sin? No, it empowers people to break free from the consciousness of sin and start walking in the deliverance God has given to them! Our belief system has a lot to do with our actions. Concerning God’s grace, the Bible says in Titus 2:11-12
“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.”
The revelation of God’s grace is the only power that turns people from godless and sinful pleasures and the way to live in this world as Christians are to live with wisdom, righteousness and devotion to God! How? By not focusing on our past but by fixing our eyes on Jesus who authored our faith and will see it to completeness. People had been sinning before God’s grace was revealed, they needed no license to sin and therefore Grace didn’t give people license to sin, it rather showed people a way out of sin.
By believing that we need a saviour, we are also agreeing with God on His judgement on sin! We can’t say we need a saviour if we don’t want to get done with sin! Does this mean believers don’t make mistakes? Does it mean that believers are people who are perfect physically? No! As believers, the perfection of Jesus has been credited to us and anytime we do wrong the Bible assures us in Romans 8:34
“Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”
God justified us not because we were able to do anything right but because we have put our trust in Him and accepted Jesus! The Bible says the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17)! Again, the Bible says in 1 John 2:1
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the truly righteous one.”
Now, I repeat the words of my friend “Don’t kill yourself with guilt; God has no record of your sin anywhere. He has forgiven you so forgive yourself and move on.” Why not walk in the light of what Jesus has done for you and never let the devil keep accusing you! Remember, the devil isn’t any better! If he reminds you of your past, remind him of his future!
When we say God has forgiven and forgotten, we mean that God has chosen to remove your sins and see you as He sees Jesus! When Paul wrote about love, he was writing in the light of God’s love which keeps no record of wrong (1 Corinthians 13:5).
Why exactly did God saved us from sin and forgot that we ever sinned? Why did God wipe our records of sin? In Isaiah 43:25, God said He is doing this for the sake of His name! He is doing it for His pleasure and we cannot do anything to change His mind on this! He enjoys Himself by offering salvation, it is what He loves doing, it is His hobby and it has got nothing to do with how you feel God should have done it.