We Must Define "Forget" Correctly As It Applies to God "Forgetting" Our Sins - Isaiah 43:25

We Must Define Words in Scripture Accurately - God "Forgets" Our Sin - Isaiah 43:25
It's so important that we know the accurate meaning of words used in Scripture.

For example, "Forget."

Although the Bible normally uses the word "forgive," several  verses say God forgets our sins (e.g. Isaiah 43:25).  

"Forget" has several meanings, and in this context it means God no longer holds our sins against us. At the final judgment, God gives us eternal life on the basis of Christ’s righteousness, not according to what our sins deserve (Romans 6:23). 

We use forget this way when someone says, "I owe you for lunch," and we say "forget it." We're telling them we'll pay for it. We're not telling them to put it out of their minds.

Likewise, God retains a memory/knowledge of our sins after He's erased them from our "accounts payable":

1. He’s still all-knowing (Hebrews 4:12-13).(1)

2. He still examines hearts (Jeremiah 17:10).(2)

3. He still disciplines us for our sins (Hebrews 12:3-11).(3)

4. He still calls us to account for our sins at the final judgment (2 Cor. 5:9-10).(4)

5. He still helps us overcome our sins (Philippians 2:12-13).(5)
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(1) See Forgive and Forget
(2) See The God Who Wants to Be our Father
(3) See God Punishes and Discipline, Punishment, Condemnation
(4) See Final Judgment
(5) We want God to know our history so He can help us recognize underlying problems and patterns of sin, weaknesses and addictive behavior. See Doing Our Part

If you have questions about this devotion or would like to do a little more in-depth study of this subject, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study. 


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We Must Define "Forget" Correctly As It Applies to God "Forgetting" Our Sins - Isaiah 43:25

2 comments:

  1. So Jesus' atonement is not enough...we pay too?

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    1. Hi Angela,

      I think you will find that these lines lifted directly from the devotion answer your question:

      "God no longer holds our sins against us. At the final judgment, God gives us eternal life on the basis of Christ’s righteousness, not according to what our sins deserve (Romans 6:23)...God retains a memory/knowledge of our sins after He's erased them from our 'accounts payable.'"

      Every point in this study is linked to a Scripture that confirms the point. I encourage you to go back and read each linked passage.

      Regarding the second half of your question about whether we pay for sins, that depends on what you mean. I've explained that God "forgets" our sins legally.

      We can't pay legally for a single sin. Only Christ could do that.

      But repentance doesn't erase earthly consequences for our sins, so we do pay for our sins in earthly consequences.

      The main point of this devotion is that God doesn't have amnesia when it comes to our sins. He "forgets" them in a legal way, but is still an all-knowing God who can help us deal with sin patterns with full knowledge of our past, present and even our future.

      I'm grateful for God's omniscient help with my sins.

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