Pastor's Column: He sees righteousness
March 04. 2014 2:35PM
Hebrews 8:12 And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."(NLT)
I heard a story told of a man who lusted after a woman, then died of a heart attack and went to heaven. In Heaven, he saw a big screen showing all the sins he had committed while on earth, including the last one. How embarrassing!
Don't worry, that is not going to happen to you in Heaven. There is no big screen with front-row seats for everyone to sit and watch your past sins. There is no video recorder in Heaven recording your sins right now. Why? Because your lifetime of sins has already been punished in the body of Jesus and God declares to you, "I forgive you and I choose to remember your sins no more!”
This is true even for the Old Testament heroes of faith such as Abraham, Moses and David. If you read Hebrews 11, which was written after the cross of Jesus, you will notice that there is no record of their sins or failures. Yet, their life stories tell us that they were far from perfect.
Abraham lied twice about his wife Sarah. He told Pharaoh, and later, King Abimelech, that she was his sister to protect his own life. Moses killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew, and hid the body in the sand. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and later arranged for her husband to be killed in battle. Yet, their sins were not recorded in Hebrews 11, only their deeds done in faith!
God is showing you that He does not record your sins or failures today. Instead, He records your faith and deeds done in response to what His Son has done for you. Every time you sin, every time you waver in your faith, God does not record it. But every time you believe Him and respond in faith, He records it! That should not make you want to sin more. It should free you to love God more!
So don't be conscious of your failures. Rather, be conscious of your righteous standing in Christ!
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.(NLT)
Romans 5:17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.(NLT)