‘I will not remember your sins’ (Isaiah 43:25)
We should fear nothing except sin; and we have no need to fear whether God will pardon and save us from our sin, if we believe in Jesus, confess and forsake our sin. He has promised, “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE” [Hebrews 8:12].
He will not impute sin unto us; but He will impute righteousness, even the righteousness of Jesus without works. Therefore, He has made up His mind to glorify the riches of His grace, and to display the wonders of His love. Not one sin shall be charged against us; He will blot them all completely out of His book, and banish them eternally from His mind.
He will treat us as though we had not sinned, or rather as having received full satisfaction for all we have done wrong, and being infinitely delighted with us. If one sin were remembered, and laid to our charge, we were undone; but believing in Jesus, we are justified from ALL SIN, we are saved from wrath, and are made “THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM” [2 Corinthians 5:21]. This is godlike, glorious, divine!
Crimes of such horror to forgive,
Such guilty daring worms to spare;
This is Thy grand prerogative,
And none shall in the honour share.
Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Nov. 19. Another birthday. Still in the land of the living. Still in good health. Still in the church of Christ. Still in the ministry of the gospel. Still useful both to sinners and to saints.
My success in London this year is greater than in either of the past. Still I am tried, and have much to depress my spirits; but what Christian, especially what Christian parent; particularly if that parent is a gospel minister, has not?’