“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 …
“Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding”
Truth is that by which the heart must be guided and governed, for without truth there is no goodness; no regular practices without right principles. It is by the power of truth, known and believed, that we must be kept back from sin and constrained to spiritual duty. The understanding must be well informed with wisdom and instruction, and therefore, we must buy it, that is, be willing to part with any thing for it.
He does not say at what rate we must buy it, because we cannot buy it too dear, but must have it at any rate; whatever it costs us, we shall not repent the bargain. When we are at expense for the means of knowledge, and resolved not to starve so good a cause, then we buy the truth. Riches should be employed for the pursuit of knowledge, rather than knowledge for the gain of riches.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
2 Timothy 2:15
When we are at pains in searching after truth, that we may come to the knowledge of it and may distinguish between it and error, then we buy it.
“Dii laboribus omnia vendunt” – Heaven concedes every thing to the laborious.
When we choose rather to suffer loss in our temporal interest than to deny or neglect the truth they we buy it; and it is a pearl of such great price that we must be willing to part with all to purchase it, must make shipwreck of estate, trade, preferment, rather than of faith and a good conscience.
We must not sell it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, any things in this world. Do not neglect the study of it, nor throw off the profession of it, nor revolt from under the dominion of it, for the getting or saving of any secular interest whatsoever. Hold fast the form of sound words, and never let it go upon any terms.
Many of us will study and research truth, history, government deception and only go so far before they decide thats enough. Then they begin to deny when they are given new knowledge instead of embracing it. I know this feeling of not wanting to know any more all too well. However I cannot simply ignore truth or logic, or turn off my discernment the way many seem so easily able to do.
When you seek the truth with a genuine heart for it and also attempt to share it, you find trial, struggle and persecution (most especially from the church) even if you’re not willing or expecting it. It simply comes with the territory …
Now I know for myself that I’ve always wanted to have some wealth to be able to help people in a world where money talks. Of course I also wanted the ability to be prepared for what life threw at me. Instead I have lived a life of much failure and loss, I suppose in part as a test of my own resolve. Persecution comes in all shapes and sizes. being financially well off does not mean you will be happy or escape suffering.
Jesus said He came with a sword. Knowing that division would be the result of bringing truth to man. We are His sword bearers. His warriors carrying the light, the torch. This is why so few are chosen among the many who are called. Being chosen is not meant to be pretty or glorious. Most of the prophets in the Bible were not wealthy or they gave up their wealth.
He calls to everyone, but so many ignore. People … Lucifer hates us. He hates that God created us, and he will do anything and everything to cause us to fall. Think about how special that means we are to God.
Pick up your Father’s sword …