â€œTo open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins.â€ (Acts 26:18)
There is a historical point in our earthly lives at which the forgiveness of Christ was grantedâ€”even though He was â€œslain from the foundation of the worldâ€ (Revelation 13:8) and in the eternal sense we were â€œpredestinedâ€ to be â€œconformed to the image of his Sonâ€ (Romans 8:29).
Christ has subdued, cleansed, and forgotten our sins. Our human minds will never comprehend what it cost the triune Godhead to â€œsubdue our iniquitiesâ€ and metaphorically throw our sins â€œinto the depths of the seaâ€ (Micah 7:19). How is it possible for an omniscient God to blot out and forget our sins? Yet the Scriptures clearly tell us that He does so (Isaiah 43:25; 44:22; Acts 3:19). Godâ€™s forgiveness is an eternal act of forgetfulness as well as judicial payment and propitiation.
Christ has replaced our sins with His holiness. Of course this must be! A holy God cannot fellowship with an unholy being. â€œTherefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.â€ We must be â€œmade the righteousness of God in himâ€ (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21) so that He â€œmight be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesusâ€ (Romans 3:26).
Christ has given us victory over sin. Since all of the above (and more) is true and active in the life of every believer, there should be an obvious exhilaration that enables us to confidently stand against whatever â€œfiery dartsâ€ the Enemy throws at us. â€œSin shall not have dominion over you,â€ we are clearly told in Romans 6:14. Since the â€œoffenseâ€ of sin was dealt with on the cross, we should â€œreign in lifeâ€ by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
Do you rejoice in your forgiveness and therefore reign over sin in your life? God has made this possible. HMM III