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The Forgotten Sin

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Christians are forgetful people. Well, at least I am. I forget many things in life.

From morning till evening I forget things I need to do. Quite often I forget to wake up on time, forget to eat breakfast, forget to brush my teeth, forget to do tasks at work, forget to do readings for university, forget to save money, forget to eat healthily, forget to stop buying books, forget to get home in time for dinner, forget to shower and forget to sleep on time.

But the problem for every person is that we forget God. Every day we forget the relevance of God to each situation, and every sin is a sign of that forgetfulness. We disobey, and when we disobey we disbelieve that God is better. We forget who he is, what he’s done and what he promises to do. Take the example of the Lord’s Supper:

and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” – 1 Corinthians 11:24-25.

As D.A. Carson said in Sydney last year, “it is utterly shocking that he would need to give us this rite… so that we wouldn’t forget his death.” How can we forget the suffering of our God? Why are we indifferent to the blood of our Lord?

When we sin, we forget:

  • that we have been made in the image of God
  • that our souls are truly satisfied in God alone
  • that Jesus lived as we are meant to live
  • that we have been bought by the blood of Christ
  • that we are a temple for the Holy Spirit
  • that the Spirit is working in us for salvation

Christians are sometimes like the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:36-46. Jesus comes back from begging his Father to remove the coming suffering, only to find the disciples asleep not once, but three times. It’s almost as if Jesus was saying “watch and pray that you do not forget… The enemy is at hand.”

The sin of forgetting the reality of our salvation leads to sinful living. This should devastate us.

When was the last time you were excited about the gospel?  The good news is one which, when truly good to us, remains in our memories. Think about the best news you’ve ever received. This news does not easily fade from your memory, and neither should the news of Jesus dying in your place.

When we reflect on our baptism and partake in the Lord’s Supper, we remember our union with Christ. As we study, memorise and meditate on the word of God, we are equipping ourselves that we will not forget. One day we will see our Lord face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12), but for now we must make every effort not to forget his beauty.

“The antidote to spiritual amnesia is making every effort to recall and remember God’s gracious deliverance. The fact that you — a sinner who was an enemy of God — are now a beloved child is a miracle. Don’t let that wonder ever fade. Remember.” – Steven Lee.

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