We continue our study on reconciliation in the book of Psalms. In Psalm 103:10-12 we find a familiar passage of scripture that I believe most Christians know, but few Christians know. Some of you will understand what I meant, and some of you will be confused.
That’s the point of this study. To get you from knowing about the scriptures to knowing the scriptures…in a personal way. I can’t tell you how many pastors I know who teach that the longest journey in a Christian’s life is getting everything we know and believe from our heads into our hearts.
Our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west, and if you know the Casting Crowns song…you know that’s from one scarred hand of Jesus to the other. In other words, the distance between God and our sin is immeasurable. Why? Because in His eyes our sin doesn’t exist.
God doesn’t suddenly get amnesia, or Alzheimer’s disease. He doesn’t remember your sin because there’s no sin to remember. Verse 10 again flies in the face of the religious mindset to ever keep our sin before our faces…He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Listen, I’m not advocating that it’s okay to live our lives anyway we want to as Christians. What I am advocating is that the religious mindset of being focuses on ourselves and our sin goes totally against everything the Ministry of Reconciliation is about.
As I said yesterday. We cannot be fully reconciled to God if there’s anything between us. How many of you know that if a husband and wife are trying to reconcile their marriage…they cannot do that if there’s hidden secrets between them. So, if the husband and wife are serious about reconciling their marriage all the deceit, secrets, and lies need to be brought out into the open.
That’s what the Cross did. It brought ALL of the sins of the world out in to the open. Jesus became sin. Every sin that the world, you, and I could or would ever commit was on full display for all to see when Jesus was on the Cross because for that moment…Jesus was sin. At the moment when God forsook His only begotten Son…it was at that moment that Jesus ceased to be His Son…and became the sin of the world. The past world, the present world, and the future world. In other words…the sin of our world right now…was nailed to the Cross over 2,000 years ago.
So. When God says that He’s not counting people’s sins against them it is because He counted everyone’s sin as one sin…Jesus on the Cross. That is why today the one and only unforgivable sin is the rejection of His Son’s Lordship into and over our lives.
I know. You’re going to say the unforgivable sin is murder. Is it? Then how is it that God forgave David of murdering Uriah so he could have Bathsheba for himself? You do believe when we get to heaven David will be there right? So…I ask again if David is in heaven then how can murder be the unforgivable sin?
How about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? I’m glad you asked because the Holy Spirit’s entire ministry is to convict the world that they need Jesus. So, whenever you have an opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord & Savior…and you reject the opportunity…that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Rejecting Jesus is the unforgivable sin.
So, back to what we were talking about. See. I told you it’s going to be difficult to not take little side journey’s, but the side journey’s are necessary if I’m going to get out a proper message…and I only take them as the Lord leads me to. Just for the record…I am not writing this out of my own abilities. I’m a fairly good writer, but believe me when I say that these messages are far superior to my own abilities…because I’m not writing of my own ability…I’m writing the oracles of God as supplied by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. In other words, I’m writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit…just as the writers of the Word of God were inspired by the Holy Spirit. These messages are just the simple result of a yielded vessel.
I was talking about the similarities of marriage reconciliation to that of reconciliation with God. I’m using that example because…well…we are the Bride of Christ. So it fits.
Here. Let’s take a little side journey over to 1 Corinthians 13. Yes…the love chapter. In order to find this you need the Amplified version, and you need to read a little because once again…neatly tucked into verse 5 is written that love takes no account of evil dune to it (pays no attention to a suffered wrong).
If you’ve ever read 1 Corinthians 13 enough you come to realize that what your reading is the agape love or God kind of love. In other words…this is the way God loves each and every one of us.
Now, when you read Psalms 103:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:19 and you add to it 1 Corinthians 13:5 you get a much different perspective. Ready? Let’s try it.
Psalm 103:10: : He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
2 Corinthians 5:19: It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).
1 Corinthians 13:5: Love…takes no account of the evil done to it [pays not attention to a suffered wrong].
To make this even easier I used the Amplified version. (Brief side note…if you don’t have an Amplified version of the Bible I would suggest getting one…it helps when studying it really does.).
When you understand that God’s not dealing with you according to your sin, and that He’s not counting your sins against you. Then you can comprehend what it means when you read that Love doesn’t take account of evil done to it, and it doesn’t even pay attention to a suffered wrong. Sin is evil or wrong doing not just against God, but against one another. All sin no matter whether it’s directly against God or against one another is an evil or wrong doing to God…and what He’s said in both of our first two verse…and part of another one is that He’s not counting that against us.
Why? Because He counted all of that as One. He counted ALL sin as One. He punished ALL sin one time. That one time was Jesus’ death on the Cross. Our reconciliation with God was perfect and flawless at that moment…because when Jesus died our sin debt died with Him. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, and we received His righteousness…AND we were reconciled with God.
If you read verse 10 in the New King James version it reads: “He has not dealt with US according to our sins, nor PUNISHED us according to our iniquities.” Why? Because He dealt with our sin when it died on the Cross, and Jesus endured the punishment for our iniquities (Isaiah 53).
That is why John 14:6 is so powerful. Once you understand that reconciliation isn’t your responsibility…once you understand that when you fall short on a daily basis it’s not being counted against you…once you really come to understand what was purchased for you on Calvary…you realize why Jesus isn’t a way, a truth or a life…He is THE way, THE truth, and THE life.
I’ll close today’s message by going back to the example of the husband & wife reconciling a broken marriage. The only way that works is if they agree to let the past be in the past, and agree to move forward. If either one of them cannot let the past go…true reconciliation will not work.
When it comes to God. We need to let our past go, and agree to move forward. We have read that God’s already forgotten our past…and He wants us to forgive ourselves for it, forget about it, and move forward with Him.
“For as far as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.”
His mercy is great. His grace is sufficient. His forgiveness is eternal.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer