Today's Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
When God promised in the Old Testament that under the terms of the new (re-renewed) covenant, He would “forgive the iniquities of his people, and no longer remember their sins,” what was he promising to do? Was he going to somehow no longer be omniscient? No. For Him to do so (if that were possible) would be for him to no longer be God. God’s fulfilled promise of forgiveness in Christ should give us great cause to rejoice this Holiday season.
You see, God’s remembering has more to do with how He views (or accounts for) our sin than it does with His memory of them. In the book of third John we read about a proud, selfish man named Diotrephes who was unjustly trying to control the church. The Beloved Apostle said that if he was able to come in person he would “remember” or call attention to his deeds. He was intending to recount before the church a list of his yet unrepentant sins (he was going to resume the process of church discipline).
9 I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing (“remember his deeds” KJV).
The point of our Jeremiah passage is that those who know Christ will have their sins forgiven by GOD. He will no longer remember (bring up so as to have them held against) these sins in the record books of heaven. Let’s purposefully remember the fact that God doesn’t purposefully remember our sins this Advent season and rejoice!