Exodus 34:6-7

Tom Harding

And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty–Exodus 34:6-7.

Thank God, through Christ’s glorious blood atonement we have complete deliverance and forgiveness from all, “iniquity, transgression and sin” (Heb.2:17). This is the good news of the gospel (1Tim. 1:15). Our transgressions are actual acts and commission of rebellion against God’s holy law, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1John 3:4). Our great Substitute put away all our transgressions by bearing them in His own body on the tree, “Wounded for our trangressions” (Isa. 53:5,8, 1Peter 2:24). I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins (Isa. 43:25).

The Lord Jesus Christ not only put away all our transgressions, but also all our iniquities by His glorious sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:12). Some one described our iniquities as, “our sin of omission or supposed goodness,” James describes it as, “To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Again, we read in scripture that Christ died for all the iniquity of His covenant people, “by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities” (Isa. 53:11).

The Lord Jesus Christ by His one atonement for His sheep put away all their sin (Heb. 9:26; 10:17). Sin is what we are be nature (Rom. 5:12), what we do is only the fruit of what we are (Gal. 5:19-21). John says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1John 1:8). But, thank God we also read, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Cor. 5:21). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9).

Our Holy God, “will by no means clear the guilty.” Those for whom Christ has lived and died as Mediator and Surety (Phil. 2:6-9); their, “iniquity, transgression and sin” are completely, absolutely and totally atoned for and justly put away forever. In Christ they are justified (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:24; Rom. 5:1-9). Jesus Christ is made to them (1Cor. 1:30), “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands.”

Is it no wonder David said, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity” (Psalm 32:1-2).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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