Sunday Considerations: Sea of Sins

He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
(Micah 7:19, ESV)

Another striking metaphor expressing the completeness of God’s forgiveness occurs in Micah 7:19. There the prophet Micah said of God, “You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” When I was a naval officer I had an experience where equipment was lost in the depths of the sea through a small boat accident. I know what it is to drag grappling hooks across the bottom of the sea all day in a vain effort to recover the equipment. That ship’s gear was lost forever.

So it is with our sins. God has hurled them into the depths of the sea to be lost forever, never to be recovered, never to be held against us. Again, just as God said He put our sins behind His back, so here He says He will hurl them into the depths of the sea. They will not “fall overboard”; God will hurl them into the depths. He wants them to be lost forever, because He has fully dealt with them in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Do you begin to get the picture? Are you realizing that God’s forgiveness is complete and irreversible? Have you started to understand that regardless of how “bad” you’ve been or how many times you’ve committed the same sin, God completely and freely forgives you because of Christ? Do you see that, because God has already dealt with your sins in Christ, you do not have to do penance or fulfill some probationary term before God can bless you or use you again?

I once heard someone say he felt he could no longer claim God’s gracious promise of forgiveness in i John i:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” He reasoned that he had sinned so many times he had used up all his “credit” with God. I believe many Christians think that way because we do not entirely comprehend the fullness of God’s forgiveness in Christ. But if we insist on thinking in terms of “credit” before God, we must think only of Christ’s credit, for we have none on our own. And how much does He have? An infinite amount. That is why Paul could say, “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5:20).1

  1. Gerald Bridges; Jerry Bridges. Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love (pp. 46-47). Kindle Edition.
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