Rev 18:21 – “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”
The mighty angel in John’s vision illustrates the catastrophic downfall of Satan’s religious kingdom by throwing a millstone into the sea. As it sinks to the bottom, totally disappearing from sight, the angel says…
“Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”
Folks, not only does a gracious God defeat the religious powers of Satan, casting them into the deepest parts of the sea; but, He also mercifully forgives us from our sins, casting them into the depths of the sea as well…
Mic 7:18-19 – “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
When the Lord speaks of casting “all their sins into the depths of the sea”, He is speaking symbolically concerning sins ETERNAL effects on the children of God.
He is pointing out that they are symbolically, placed out of God’s view forever… no longer will the saved be called into account for his sins, no longer will the saved face the eternal wrath for those sins…
Isa 43:25 – “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”
It is impossible for a Holy God to simply “forget about” sin and let sin go unpunished…
Hab 1:13 – “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?”
The only way that God can forget about our sins is by punishing another. That “another” is the Lord Jesus Christ. On the cross of Christ, God received payment for the sins of His people by punishing Christ on our behalf. The result of Christ’s payment is the declaration of innocence placed on the people of God, this is called being “justified” and it takes place when a person places faith in Jesus as His Savior…
Rom 5:1-2 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Not only does faith in Christ give us access to this declaration of innocence (justification), but also gives us assurance that we will live with God eternally, in glorified bodies that have been purified of sin.
A Holy God, punished His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for the sins of His people. This took place based upon the wondrous love and willingness of Christ to receive that punishment as He hung on the cross of Calvary. Now, by turning from our sins and placing our faith in Jesus, we are given access to the forgiveness of God and a glorious future with Him.
Folks, for those of us who are saved, our sins will never stand between us and our God… they have been cast into the depths of the sea! May we appreciate, love and praise Him with our lives for all He has done for us.
If you have never sorrowfully turned from your sins to Christ as our Lord man Savior, I trust you do so today. The Lord is patiently waiting for His people to come to Him and receive these wonderful gifts He has prepared for them!
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