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  • Writer's pictureHector Santana Rodriguez

An Extraordinary Liberation (Isaiah 43:25)


"I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins." —Isaiah 43:25

I am fully convinced that one of the reasons why we find it difficult to live in holiness is that we do not know the implications of the gospel deeply. The apostle Paul asks the Ephesians to consider the gospel so that they may live satisfactorily with their brothers in the faith: “But be kind to one another, merciful, forgiving one another, as God also forgave you in Christ” (Ephesians 4:32).


Our passage allows us to appreciate the precious gift of God: God himself is the one who speaks (v. 1). What has He done? He has erased the transgressions of His people. If they were written in a sacred book waiting to be remembered on the day of judgment, they are no longer so. There is something in the next sentence that seems strange to us: “I will not remember,” says Jehovah. It seems to me that we do not react properly to this statement. Does God forget? That is not the point.


I think the following story can help. When I was a 10-year-old boy I went to a store where I used to go with my parents. That day I stopped to look at some toys, and I was tempted to take one of them, and I did. I hid it and prepared to leave. I was stealing. But a supervisor had seen me and so he stopped me. He asked for the toy back and he rebuked me. He said he knew my parents, which caused me great shame. For more than five years I did not return to that store, even though I had acknowledged my wrongdoing. When I did return, I went in with fear of facing that man again. That supervisor was no longer working there, what a relief! However, more than 40 years later I still remember that incident.


The extraordinary thing is that with our God we do not have to fear. That is why He tells us “I do not remember.” Paul presents this idea clearly: “...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This is an extremely liberating truth. It is what I wanted to feel in relation to that supervisor, but never could. God gives me the opportunity to consider myself freeto look at His face and not hidebecause He sees me as having never committed any action against Him.


Why does He do this? If He did it for me, doubts would always come to my heart: “but, I do not deserve it. I am going to disappoint Him.” The Bible reveals that God delights in saving for His own sake. Referring to the Son, He affirms: “He will see the fruit of the affliction of His soul, and He will be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). It is at this point that we say: thank you, Lord, for your extraordinary liberation.

 

For Reflection

  1. How much do you know about the gospel?

  2. How is your life affected by what God did with your sin?

  3. The consideration of this truth has horizontal implications (Ephesians 4:32). What are you doing about it?

 

Hector Santana has served as pastor at New Covenant Baptist Church in the Dominican Republic for 19 years. He has been married to Patricia for 31 years and together they have raised Jorge, Pamela and Hector Jr. They currently have 2 grandchildren, Luccas, and Vanessa. Hector and Patricia collaborate with Truth 78 in the expansion of the vision to the Hispanic world.

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