That’s right, God is illogical when it comes to forgiveness, He makes no sense when it comes to our finite and limited minds. When we say we forgive someone, often what that person did to us still hovers in the back of our minds. We simply can’t help but react based upon our memory of what might have happened. So, how then can God, who has a perfect memory, be so different? It is sometimes hard to fathom how God will forgive without any conditions and without end.
But, you see that is human logic. We forget what God says in His Word, so we make human assumptions like: “I’m not really sure what God’s love is, however, this is what my dad’s love is like, so I guess that must be what God’s love is like. Since forgiveness looks like this at work or at school, or wherever, this must be how God forgives.”
But, God says He drops our sins into His sea of forgetfulness (Micah 7:19; Isaiah 43:25). He’s the only one, no one else will ever fully forget our sin. His sea of forgetfulness doesn’t seem to make much sense to us when everyone else is ready to throw us under a bus for our sins or throw us into a mud puddle of remembrance. The world continually reminds us of our failures and even rubs our noses in it. But, not Jesus, instead He gives peace not as the world does (John 14:27), and peace and forgiveness are both linked together forever with Christ.
Probably the most liberating truth in Scripture is that we ARE liberated. We need to understand that God is not bound by our feeble human logic. He is not like our spouse, friends, co-workers, teachers and others in this world. When He says that He forgives us, He means it, He is speaking the truth because He is Truth. (Titus 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:13). When God tells us that He forgives, He isn’t just talking about some sappy, sentimental moment in which we talked Him into being good to us. He is talking about a sovereign decree of His will to offer us His grace, to us, the undeserving person. He did this by offering up his only Son.
He did this by killing His Son.
Pretty blunt statement, but it’s the truth. John 3:16 says it clearly that God gave His Son. At the same time Jesus, who is God, laid down His life (John 10:17-18). Why? Because He wanted to be able to offer us the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Wow! Jesus became sin for us. Think about that one for awhile. That is just how serious our God is about the whole idea of forgiveness!
With no reservations, God says “I am choosing not to count your sin against you anymore – not because you’re a good person or because you’re doing more good than bad – but because my Son paid the debt for your sin. It is finished. Transaction done.”
“Now, all you have to do is simply believe me and give me your whole life and I’ll place your sin upon my Beloved Son and credit His righteousness to you. I’m doing every bit of this. You’re doing nothing. Even the faith that you demonstrate will be my gift to you. Now live like your sin is gone – because it is. As far as the east is from the west.”