When a third of the angels were cast down from heaven, God ruled with love. Sometimes love means boundaries. Love means preparation. Love means redemption. But why would God call salvation, redemption? Redemption is payment in full for something in exchange for payment. Correct? If I’m going to get the cost of my meal redeemed. I’m getting it paid back to me.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
This verse is the narrow gate to redemption. This verse gets us into heaven, wipes all our past sin clean and marks us as God’s children for the rest of eternity. It provides with wisdom, knowledge, power, unfathomable growth and inner peace if we so choose to use it. But what if we sin again? We are thrown from the horse. We get off the word and break our perfect fellowship with God. Sin always gets in the way of perfect fellowship. So what do we do? What’s the procedure?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Whoa…is it really that easy? Easier than a smart phone.
What happens to all that sin? Simple logistics really.
“As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12
What does this mean? It’s a figure of speech. (My favorite!) Sometimes a picture is easier. If you’re going to north around the earth eventually you’ll go south. East always goes east and west always goes west. In other words, they never meet. God forgets them forever. The minute you ask his forgiveness you are truly forgiven.
If God forgets them forever, what are we doing beating ourselves up over them?
God bless you today!