“…Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back.” - Isaiah 38:17
In our passage of scripture we have a beautiful illustration of the absolute fact that believers are totally forgiven. God in His great love has delivered those who believe Him from destruction by dealing with their sins. However God does not just deal with a fixed number of our sins or the big sins in our lives, but notice the phrase, “all my sins.” There is not a single sin left undone that the believer is responsible for. God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son points to the fact that God took the initiative to forgive all of our sins, and that His Son paid for all of our sins. When we actually get a hold of the truth of forgiveness as the foundation of the gospel message, it changes our thoughts and behavior in a Christ-like way.
It was reported in Chicago that a seminary student preferred to work in some kind of service occupation, but he could only find a job driving a bus on Chicago’s south side. One day a gang of tough teens got on board and refused to pay the fare. After a few days of this, the seminary student spotted a policeman. He stopped and reported them. The officer made them pay, but then he got off the bus. Once the bus rounded a corner, the gang robbed and beat him severely. The student pressed charges against them, and the gang was found guilty by the judge. However as soon as the jail sentence was given, the young Christian seminarian saw their spiritual need and felt pity for them. So he asked the judge if he could serve their sentence for them. The gang members and the judge were dumbfounded. “It’s because I forgive you,” he explained. His request was denied, but he visited the young men in jail and led several of them to faith in Christ.
When we really understand the great sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we act in ways that are not considered normal to the world. The young Christian seminary student looked upon the gang members, who beat him severely, in love and mercy. How could he do such a thing? He remember that because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on his behalf God had lovingly delivered him and has cast all his sins behind His back to be remembered no more. Therefore this great liberty of total forgiveness that he enjoyed, he desired it for those gang members as well.
The world does not understand the actions of Christians. Simply because they are not forgiven, and have not experienced its liberating power. While the believer lives in a spiritual realm of freedom because of “total forgiveness.”
David C. Hale, Pastor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org