God Gets Amnesia (Romans Pt 5)


What if everything bad you’ve ever done was forgotten? No one held any of it against you, no one accused you of being bad and doing wrong. How awesome would that be? Free from accusation and conviction; free from feeling guilt and fear; free to start over a new beginning. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

You are guilty of wrong because you have sinned against God and honestly, whatever wrong you have done (your sin), though it is an offense against God, it was probably committed in relationship with people. You hated someone, you lied to someone, you disobeyed your parents, you cussed someone out, you felt your boyfriend (or girlfriend, whichever) up. You have disobeyed God and you are guilty. Conscience, a law unto itself condemns you (Romans 2:12-16, 26-27). If you live by God’s Law, the Old Testament Law, aka, the Law of Moses, the Law and the Prophets, when you have broken any individual law, you are guilty of the whole Law (Rom. 2:17-25).

Wouldn’t it be great if you weren’t guilty of wrong? That’s what happens in Jesus Christ, through your faith in Jesus Christ. You are made right in Jesus Christ. The Bible, especially here in Romans uses the word justified.

When you write or type a paper or presentation, your margin is justified. It is made right. It is consistent and looks

Abraham

neat, and is easy to follow. It is straight, it is correct. When you are justified in Christ, you are made right, you have become righteous, you have the righteousness of Jesus attributed to your life. You are made just. You are have had justice assigned to you. You are justified in Christ.

Abraham is well-known to most of us. He’s the guy in Genesis 12 who obeyed God, left his country and became a nomad, not the classic 2-door Chevy wagon of the late 50’s, but someone who lived their life in tents, moving about as need and necessity warranted. Abraham was justified by faith. Romans 4 indicates that he didn’t do anything to earn rightness. God offered, he believed God and God certified that Abraham was righteous.

Paul quotes David in Romans 4:7-8. “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the one whose sins the Lord will not take into account.”

Pretty cool, huh! Christ’s death, your faith, God’s forgiveness, your salvation.

It is by faith so that God’s grace can be input into your life, so you can be forgiven, your sins forgotten and not held against you, because if your sins are held against you, you are in trouble.

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Degarmo and Key sang about God having “Selective Amnesia” on their album Heat it Up! Following are the lyrics:

There is an eye in the sky, that sees in the darkness

He searches the soul and He pierces the conscience
I’m not proud or everything that He’s seen
But when it comes to that past, He’s got selective amnesia
It’s not that He’s old or losing His memory
I’ts just that He knows that we need His mercy
There’s no excuse for living in sin
But there’s always a chance to start over again
He knows it all and there’s some news that will please ya
When it comes to that past, He’s got selective amnesia

Press on and never look back
Press on, the past is the past
Press on, He’s paid for your debt
And you should remember that you’ve got to forget

There is an eye in the sky, that sees in the darkness
He searches the soul and He pierces the conscience
I’m not proud or everything that He’s seen
But when it comes to that past, He’s a mercy machine
He knows it all and there’s some news that will please ya
When it comes to that past, He’s got selective amnesia

Press on and never look back
Press on, the past is the past
Press on, He’s paid for your debt
And you should remember that you’ve got to forget


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