Today I would like to share with you three things that God will never do with our sin.
(1) He doesn’t and never will use it to determine how he will deal with us (Ps. 103:10)
(2) He doesn’t and never will look to our sin in order to repay us (Ps. 103:10).
(3) He doesn’t and never will count it against us again (Ps. 32:2).
“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10)/strong>.
“Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit” (Psalm 32:2).
I would like to put these two verses together into one.
I want us to think for a moment how at times we may deal with others. We keep fresh in our minds their unjust or unkind acts toward us. We continue to have the memories of their faults and failings. Sometimes we not let them forget what they did and we often make sure others know of it as well. We look for every opportunity, usually secretly, to make them pay for their transgressions. We hold it in our hearts and over their heads and persuade ourselves that it’s only fair that they be treated this way.
Now think again of the description of God in His “dealings” with us: “He does NOT deal with us according to our sins” (v. 10a). Our sins don’t make up the rule or standard according to which God makes His decisions on how to treat us. He doesn’t recall or bring up or publicly announce our history of hatred and blasphemy and greed and pride before He develops His plan for our life or before He responds to something we’ve just said or done.
More amazing still is the second statement in v. 10, that God does NOT “repay us according to our iniquities” (v. 10b). It’s certainly not because our sins don’t deserve repayment. They are deep and many and wicked and are deserving of the most severe eternal judgment. But those who “fear Him” (v. 11b) don’t ever need to fear that He will require payment or require suffering or insist, according to the exactness of His law and unforgiving holiness, that we pay the consequences of violating His will and ways.
Now, I want to ask you this question. Why doesn’t God deal with us according to our sins (Ps. 103:10)? Why doesn’t He repay us according to our iniquities? Why doesn’t He count or charge our sins against us? On what grounds does He take such generous and marvelous action? Does He just wave a magic wand of forgiveness and take away our guilt? Does He just forget about our rebellion and unbelief and gross sin as if they were nothing and of no concern? Does He ignore the demands of His holiness when He forgives us? Does He act like justice doesn’t matter any longer or that love wins over righteousness?
For sure the answer is no! The reason why God doesn’t deal with us according to our sins is because He has dealt with Jesus in fulfilling the requirement! The reason why God doesn’t repay us according to our sins is because He has repaid His Son accordingly with what holiness demands. And we must not forget of the voluntary love of the Son Himself!
David wrote these words of hope and life in the context of the Old Testament sacrificial system. He could speak assuredly of such grace and kindness because he personally knew of the Day of Atonement and of the blood sacrifices. He knew of the scapegoat onto whose head his sins were placed and transferred. (Symbolic of Jesus)
Now in our case, on this side of the cross that forever and finally fulfills these old covenant types and symbols, we can certainly rest in the freedom of forgiveness because God has “put forward Jesus Christ as a propitiation by His blood”.
God did not put our sins aside as if they didn’t matter at all. What He did do is He “laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6b). God didn’t just ignore the demands of His holiness and righteous character, but He “wounded” Jesus “for our transgressions” and “crushed” Him “for our iniquities” (Isa. 53:5).
This alone is why we can sing and celebrate that God does not and never will “deal with us according to our sins” or “repay us according to our iniquities”. The gauge of God’s “steadfast love” (v. 11) is the depth of the sacrifice He endured in giving up His only Son to suffer in our place.
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,