Blotted Out

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”
Isaiah 43:25
This verse contains a gracious assurance that our sins would be blotted out, and the reason why it would be done.
Perhaps also God designs it as such to show us the evil of the sins being referred to in the previous verses, by the assurance that they were committed against Him who alone could forgive, and who had promised them pardon. The passage also reminds us, that it was God alone who could pardon the sins of which, as a nation, we are all of us guilty.
The metaphor of “blotting out” is taken from the custom of keeping accounts, where, when a debt is paid, the charge is blotted or cancelled. Thus God says He blotted out the sins of the sinner. He cancelled them. He forgave them. Of course, when forgiven, punishment could not be exacted, and He would treat them as pardoned; that is, as His friends.
The regularity of forgiveness continues after being baptized and being washed of the old person. Rather than sacrificial rituals we need only seek after God’s heart in genuine prayer. Even when we ourselves do not feel as tho we deserve His mercy, we must ask for it in order to move on. Else we are overly burdened with guilt.
This is not because we deserve it, or have any claim, or that it would not be right to punish us. Not even primarily to promote our happiness and salvation, but for His own sake; to show the benevolence of His character. To promote His glory by our forgiveness and salvation (Ezekiel 36:22,23)
Our sins shall be forgiven. Hezekiah in Isaiah 38:17 expresses the same idea by saying “Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back” We can learn from this verse that it is God the only one who can pardon sin. It is vain for man to attempt it! Its arrogant and wicked for man to claim such a prerogative! And yet it is an essential part of the papal system that the Pope and his false priests have the power of remitting the penalty of transgression.
This is done by God solely for his own sake. It is not because we have any claim to it, for then it would not be pardon, but justice. It is not because we have any power to compel God to forgive, for who can contend with Him, and how could mere power procure pardon? It is not because we have any merit, for then also it would be justice, and we have no merit. Nor is it primarily in order that we may be happy, for our happiness is a matter not worthy to be named, compared with the honor of God. But it is solely for His own sake,to promote His glory, to show His perfections, to reveal the greatness of His mercy and compassion and to show His boundless, eternal love.
Those who are pardoned should live for God’s glory, and not for themselves. For they were forgiven, and it should be the sole purpose of their lives to live as to show the goodness, compassion, and love of the merciful God who has blotted out their sins.
If people are pardoned, they must come to God, and to God alone. They must come, not to justify themselves, but to confess their crimes. And they must come with a willingness that God should pardon them on such terms as He pleases; at the time when He pleases; and solely with a view to promote of God’s glory.
Unless we have this feeling of conviction and genuine remorse for our own transgressions, we can never be forgiven, nor should we be forgiven. Never assume you are an exception …

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