Ledger Wiped Clean
Ledger Wiped Clean
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after he says:
16 This is the covenant I will make with them
after those days,
the Lord says,
I will put my laws on their hearts
and write them on their minds,
17 and I will never again remember
their sins and their lawless acts.
18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Hebrews 10:15-18 CSB
To close out this section on the permanence of Jesus’ sacrifice and its ability to forgive sins, the author quotes from Jeremiah 31:31-34 in which God speaks of the future new covenant, the one fulfilled by Jesus. The Holy Spirit is revealed by the author in Hebrews as the practical author of this application. God has written His laws on every believer’s hearts and minds, being filled with the Holy Spirit as our guide. Not only that, but through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Father “will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts.” That is a wonderful blessing to not take for granted. No matter what you had done in the past, once you are a believer in Jesus Christ, repenting of your sin and choose to follow Him, the ledger of your past sinful actions is wiped clean. Now that the forgiveness of sin is done, the logical standpoint then leads to “no longer an offering for sin” is needed. The old covenant involved an annual offering for sin in remembrance on the day of atonement. Through Christ establishing the new covenant, there was no need to remember past sin. John writes in 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation, for Christ has completed the work already. There was one perfect sacrifice made. Through Christ, there is complete forgiveness.
Isaac De Guzman