NO CONDEMNATION ANYMORE TO GOD’S ELECT
“Who his own self bear our sins in his own body on the tree” (1 Pet. 2:24). Whose sins? Believers’. Which sins? Not a few of them, not the majority of them, but EVERY ONE which was on the docket against them. “Having forgiven you ALL trespasses” (Col. 2:13). Christ came here to “finish the transgression, and to make AN END OF sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity” (Dan. 9:24). Rightly did James Wells say, “There is no mischief that sin hath done which He hath not repaired; there is no debt that sin has incurred that He has not paid; there is no foe under which sin has brought us that He hath not conquered; there is no fiery wrath which sin hath lighted up which He hath not quenched; there is no curse which sin hath entailed that He hath not borne: there is no mountain that sin hath rolled in upon us which He has not overturned; there is no distance between us and God which He has not filled up.”
“There is NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). “Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back” (Isa. 38:17) — as we turn our backs upon anything which we do not wish to behold. All our sins have been removed from the judicial eyes of God. God Himself declares that He “will not remember thy sins” (Isa. 43:25). Here our sins are likened unto a debt which has been cancelled; an act of oblivion has been passed upon them. “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins” (Isa. 44:22). Just as a dark cloud empties itself upon the earth and then melts away under the rays of the sun, so our sins have been dried up by Divine mercy, following the storm of judgment which was poured out at the Cross.
“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage. . . and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18, 19) — as the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea. God lays not aside our sins gently, but flings them away with violence, as things which He cannot endure the sight of, and which He is resolved never to take note of any more. Observe, “into the DEPTHS of the sea.” Things cast into the depths of the ocean never appear again! Rivers may be turned and dried, but who could lave out the ocean? So Christ hath appeared “To put AWAY sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Heb. 9:26). “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12). Hallelujah!