‘But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, then to wait until his enemies should be made a stool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Once again, here are some verses that have so much to them but I wish to focus on one point that we may often have a problem believing in; the forgiving and forgetting of our sins. We may forgive but most times we do not forget. There are several scriptural references that point to the fact that when we ask for forgiveness God not only forgives, He also forgets our sins. One of our biggest struggles with ourselves is that we cannot forgive ourselves of our own sins.
Do we believe that if we come before Christ and ask for forgiveness that we are truly forgiven? Or, do we dwell over and over again on past sins and cannot forgive ourselves? Remember that if we are in Christ we are forgiven if we repent and come before him. Let us not forget the magnitude of what Christ’s sacrifice means for us: He sacrificed Himself so that our sins may be forgiven. If we cannot forgive ourselves then Christ’s death has no affect on us and we remain in our sin. May we trust in God’s word and Christ’s sacrifice that our sins are truly forgiven.
May we forgive, and forget, as we have been forgiven.