Jesus, by his blood, has released us from our sins. He has set us free from sin, the author of sins. He has redeemed us from the marriage contract we had with sin, and thus relieved us from its obligations. He has nailed the written law, the marriage contract, to the cross. By his stripes we have been healed.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-15)
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)
Believe it…as Bob Christopher reminded me this morning:
“The Greek word for forgiveness is aphiemi. Would it surprise you to know that in 1 Corinthians 7:11-13, the word is translated “divorce”? In that context, Paul is telling husbands not to send or put (divorce) their wives away.
But that is exactly what God did with your sins. He sent them away.
That is the primary meaning of forgiveness. The Complete Word Study Dictionary defines forgiveness as, “to send forth or away, to let go from oneself.”
You were connected to our sins, married to them if you will. All that changed, however.
In one instant, Jesus “divorced” you from your sins and put them away. As a result, you are no longer tied to sin, or are under its control.
Jesus’ death freed you from sin once and for all.
In forgiving you, God sent your sins away. Where are they? According to the Word of God, “As far as the east is from the west” — an infinite distance away.”