Day 4: The New Covenant — Jeremiah 31:31-34

How can God forgive sins and remember them no more?

Yesterday we heard the wonderful news that the new covenant is unilateral, meaning God is the only one making a promise and doing the work. We especially heard him say he will forgive our sins and remember them no more.

How can he do this?

He can do it because Jesus took the sins of the entire world on himself. He took responsibility for them and paid their debt to God’s justice. Since Jesus fully atoned for them, God forgives us. Talking about Jesus, Scripture says:

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”

Colossians 1:14

Because of Jesus, God forgives our debt of sin.

Remember, this is a unilateral covenant. There’re no “ifs”. It doesn’t say God will forgive us if we are obedient or keep the commandments. That’s the old covenant—the one that didn’t work.

Neither did Jesus say we had to pay him back. In fact, such a thought horrifies him. He worked hard; he suffered greatly; he died so God could forgive us without our having to do anything. Remember that part of the covenant is that God will remember our sins no more. Through another one of his prophets, Micah, God said he would drown our sins in the depths of the sea—never to be brought up again.

God has forgiven us. Period. This is the incredible message of the new covenant.

Friends, do you live like someone who has been forgiven? Many people don’t. They remain heavily burdened with guilt and fear. They don’t think they are good enough or haven’t done enough for God to forgive them. They fail to grasp the wonderful implications of the new covenant.

If you struggle with feelings of guilt, study these verses of Scripture. They are Jeremiah 31:31-34. And if you need someone to talk with about this, feel free to contact us. We love to help people see the wonderful things God has done for them.

Tomorrow we will wrap up our look at the new covenant.

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