As I’ve been reading through Isaiah the past couple of days, I’m reminded of a very enormous and central gospel truth.
““I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”- Isaiah 43:25.
Everything that God has done for us, His chosen people, is not merely for our sake but first and foremost for His Name’s sake. I’ve been reminded of this in Isaiah, but this revelation of God’s ultimate motivation in saving sinners is found throughout the entirety of Scripture. God communicated over and over again to Israel that He saved them out of Egypt not because of their own righteousness, but because of His righteousness. He chose Israel thousands of years ago to be the people that He would set apart for Himself. And in these last days, He has drastically broadened that calling beyond the ethnicity of Israel and extended it to all people of every tribe, tongue and ethnicity to the ends of the earth. Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham and therefore and heir with Christ.
He has attentively and delicately formed each of us in our mother’s womb to the praise of His name, called us out of this dark world to demonstrate His grace, and walks with us daily purifying us internally and working through us externally… for His glory. Every time I see that His glory is the main motivation for His work in me, it’s like life is breathed into me and my soul swells with joy and peace. I, like most people, am becoming more and more aware of how unworthy I am that God would have mercy on me and blot out my transgressions; which at times plunges me into a frustrating spiral of doubt concerning my own salvation. But me being called into a relationship with Jesus Christ was not the result of something intrinsically worthy in me that deserved this great salvation, but the result of God being overflowing in mercy and grace and desirous to demonstrate the power and love of His character in my life.
The Lord doesn’t stay with me each day because of any righteousness or worthiness in me, but because of the abundance of righteousness, mercy, love, compassion and grace in Himself.
“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved”- Ephesians 1:5-6