“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”
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 …
“For You, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You. “And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
2 Samuel 7:27-29
David’s prayer is full of words of devout affection toward God. He had low thoughts of his own merits.
All we have must be looked upon as Divine gifts. David speaks very highly and honorably of the Lord’s favors to him. Considering what the character and condition of man is, we may be amazed that God should deal with us as He does.
Ephesians 3:20 states “The promise of Christ includes all; if the Lord God be ours, what more can we ask, or think of?”
He knows us better than we know ourselves; therefore let us be satisfied with what God has done for us. What more can we say for ourselves in our prayers than God has said for us in His promises?
David attributes all to the free grace of God. Both the great things He had done for him and the great things God had made known to him. All was for His word’s sake, that is, for the sake of Christ the eternal Word.
Prayer which is from the tongue only will not please God; it must be found in the heart, lifted up and poured out before God. Actions as well as words must be taken into account. What good are words if nothing is put into practice?
When Jesus was being corraled and beaten on the way to the hill, a man stepped in to help him despite the gaurds and the many haters. Today we stand by and watch and record and never interfere as people are brutalized by the police or random street thugs.
I love when someone we name a hero says “I just did what anyone else would do” … Wrong! He saved a life from a burning building or an oncoming car while 50 other people just stood around and watched
Another thing people need to understand is that “turn the other cheek” does NOT mean allow yourselves or someone else to be bullied, mistreated or worse. What it does mean is ignoring discord, rumors, malice in the church … drama on Facebook! Calling the law over civil matters usually only accelerates a situation and makes things worse …
Some will say that things such as proper baptism is not necessary because they will claim it makes Christianity a deed based religion. People with minds like that need a good swift kick of conviction from God for such ignorance. Jesus’ entire persona was deed based! He Himself was baptized. How dare you put yourself above that!
Bible says “if ye believe” Believing is an action. Just as Love is an action.
Then they say “well then we should all be crucified” … To be a true person of faith we will suffer thru persecution and trials. Not necessarily killed for it, but it can happen. One thing I have learned the hard way is that people don’t need to know what you believe in. the devil knows, and he will set them against you to hurt you.
Just as deeds alone will not get you into Heaven …
With God, saying and doing are not two different things as they often are with men; God will do as He has said. The promises of God are not made to us by name, as to David, but they belong to all who believe in Jesus Christ and plead them in His name.
We are not necessarily entitled to anything God gives us. What we are entitled to is using our gifts and blessings for His Kingdom. I know that can be difficult in a society of people who have lost all perspective or who just stopped caring. So we must plant seeds. Sometimes all we can do is water them with prayer, but that is what God expects of us …
“Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.”
“So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.”
And the sea arose, swelled, and was tumultuous and raging; the waves mounted up, and tossed the ship to and fro by reason of a great wind that blew; which agitated the waters of the sea, and lifted up the waves;
The storm seems to have arose after they had set sail and were out in the midst of the sea.
Their vessel was a small one, something of a boat: as to sails, if they had any, they could not now use them, because of the storm.
Jesus walking on the sea, thus suspending the laws of gravitation with a manifestation of unlimited power. Jesus did this by His own power; therefore Jesus showed forth his Godhood. In this one miracle we discover His power from these 3 things:
1. Though at a distance from his disciples, he knew their distress.
2. He found them out on the lake, and probably in the midst of darkness.
3. He walked upon the water.
Job, speaking of those things whereby the omnipotence of God was demonstrated, says particularly in Job 9:8, “He walketh upon the waves of the sea:” Implying that this was impossible to anything other than Omnipotence.
And drawing nigh unto the ship; though Mark says, He “would have passed by them” Mark 6:48; that is, He seemed as if He would. But His intention was to come to them and save them from perishing, which Jesus did do.
Jesus says “It is I; be not afraid.” This is the gospel message of peace. Christ’s presence is peace to the soul.
Then once they knew who He was; and especially then He was all the more welcome, as they were in distress; and Jesus was able as they well knew, to help them:
Immediately the ship was at the land where they were headed; which was done, as Nonnus the poet observes, by a divine motion; because not only did the wind cease, but another miracle was performed. The ship was in an instant at the place where they intended to go.