I remember the denomination I grew up in teaching us that when we get to Heaven, all of our sins and shortcomings would be revealed. All creation would be able to watch and see as we are totally exposed. How embarrassing that would be for each one of us! But, there is no recorder recording our failures, shortcomings, or sins. Neither is there a big screen in Heaven for everyone to sit and watch our failures, shortcomings, or sins. Why? Because our lifetime of failures, shortcomings, and sins has already been punished in the body of Jesus Christ, at The Cross of Calvary. God declared, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)
Heroes of Faith
In Hebrews 11, we are reminded of the heroes of faith, such as Abraham, Moses, and David. As we read this portion of Scripture, we can find no record of these heroes of faith having any failures, shortcomings, or sins. Yet, when we read their life stories in The Old Testament, we are told that these heroes were far from perfect.
For example, Abraham lied twice. He lied to a Pharaoh and then again to King Abimelech about his wife, Sarah being his sister. He lied to protect his own life. Moses killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew and then hid the body in the sand. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then arranged for her husband to be killed in battle. However, these failures, shortcomings, and sins were not recorded in Hebrews 11, only their exploits done in faith.
God's Children Today
Father did not record the failures, shortcomings, or sins of these heroes and He does not record the failures, shortcomings, or sins of us, His children either. Instead, He records our faith confessions, exploits, and deeds done in response to what His Son, Jesus Christ, has done for us. Every time we sin, every time we waver in our faith, Father does not record it. However, He does record every time we believe in Him, every time we trust Him. Knowing and understanding this truth sets us free from sinning and frees us to love Him more.
Does this freedom give us permission to sin or do anything we please? NO! "If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice 27) and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be!" (Hebrews 10:26 & 27 bolding mine The Message) Every person sins—not one of us is perfect, yet, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12) It is deliberately walking away from the truth of what Jesus has done for us that makes null and void His Promise to us.
The enemy does his best to keep us conscious of our failures, shortcomings, and sins. But, if Father God, Himself, does not remember our failures, who are we to remember them? I encourage each one of us to be always conscious that we, because of His Love, are the righteousness of God in Christ, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) We are to reign in life, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)
Father Is Pleased With You
“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6) Almost every one of us has longed to hear enduring words from our earthly fathers. For a boy, it might be something like, “Daddy is so proud of you.” For a girl perhaps something like, “You will always be Daddy’s favorite little girl.”
Look at this special moment in The Scriptures when God, The Father, made known His approval of His Son, Jesus, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:17) Jesus had the approval of His Father before His ministry began before He had performed His first miracle. In other words, Father’s Love for Jesus was not performance orientated.
It is easy for us to think God would naturally say that of Jesus, but not of us. But, remember, Jesus came and died for us, and as us. He came as our representative. Scripture declares, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)
You Are His Beloved
Why did Father say, “accepted in the Beloved” and not simply accepted in Christ? We are beloved because we have accepted His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior. Through Jesus, we are Father’s son or daughter. As such, we are now His beloved child in whom He is well pleased. Father’s desire is for us to wake up every day knowing that we are His beloved, Unconditionally Loved, and Wholly Approved of.
The more we know how much Father Loves and Treasures us, the more we can expect good things to happen in our lives. We can expect to be healthy, whole, and prosper. When we realize that we are the objects of Father’s Unconditional Love, instead of becoming easily frightened or threatened by anything or anyone, we become confident that we will win EVERY battle in life.
See God As The Good Father
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31) Faith is trusting and believing that we have a good God, and faith is trusting and believing that He Protects and Provides for those who trust and believe in Him. Jesus illustrated in the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) just how good our Heavenly Father is. The rebellious, strong-willed son had squandered his father’s inheritance before he decided to return home to plead with his father to make him a hired servant. But, before he could reach home, his father saw him, ran toward him, and embraced him. And instead of making the son a hired servant, the father turned to his servants and said, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23) And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry.” (vs. 22 & 23) Time for a celebration!!!
However, when the older son returned from his day's work and heard about the celebration, he became angry and refused to enter the house. When his father came out to ask him what was wrong, the older son complained, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.” (vs. 29) Notice what his father told him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours 32) It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.” (vs. 31 & 32) The older brother perceived his father to be a hard and stingy man. He believed that he had to work to get something good from his father. He didn’t realize that he already had an inheritance! He could have the fatted calf anytime for a celebration.
Just like the father in the parable, Father God has already given you an inheritance in Christ. Don’t fail to enjoy what He has given you by doubting His Goodness or by believing that you must work or perform for it. See your Father’s heart of Love and Goodness toward you and celebrate your inheritance today and every day from now on.
Father Shows Us His Kindness
“So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” (2 Samuel 9:7).
When the people in the palace heard that King Saul and his son, Jonathan had died in battle, they panicked. Fearful that David was coming to seize the throne and kill all the sons and grandsons of Saul, they ran for their lives. A nurse took Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s five-year-old son, and ran, But, as she ran, the boy fell and became lame in both feet (2 Samuel 4:4).
This poor child would not have been crippled if they had realized that David loved Jonathan and Saul. David would have looked after Jonathan’s son, because he had made a covenant with Jonathan, “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.” (1 Samuel 18:3)
We learn here that David is a type and shadow of Jesus. The covenant between Jonathan and David is a type and shadow of Jesus’ Covenant with God. Mephibosheth is a type and shadow of today’s believers who are lame. This lameness can manifest itself as sickness, depression, fearfulness, lack of finances, etc.
Mephibosheth became lame because of the bad news that was based on a lie. Many believers today are suffering needlessly because they believe the wrong things about Father God. They think things like, “My sin has found me out! God is coming after me!”
There is good news for all Mephibosheths; God is not after your life! David looked for Mephibosheth, to show him kindness, to take care of him, and restore to him the land that had belonged to Saul, his grandfather.
Likewise, our Father, God, is not out to get us. He knows all about our sins and still loves us. That is why He sent Jesus as the payment for our sins. Because of Jesus’ Covenant with Him, He says to you and me, "I will surely show you kindness. I will restore all to you and you shall always eat at My table."
Some Names God Is Known By
In the Old Testament, we see the names of God. Some of these names are:
Jehovah-Jireh — The Lord who Provides (Genesis 22:14)
Jehovah-Rophe —The Lord who Heals or Makes Whole (Exodus 15:26)
Jehovah-Nissi — The Lord our Banner or Victory (Exodus 17:15 & 16)
Jehovah-Shalom —The Lord Who is our Peace (Judges 6:23 & 24)
Jehovah-Tsidkenu —The Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5 & 6)
Jehovah-Rohi —The Lord our Shepherd (Psalms 23)
Jehovah-Shammah — The Omnipresent Lord (Present at all times) (Ezekiel 48:35)
Jesus Called God, "Father"
However, in The New Testament, when Jesus came to earth, born as a baby, grew up, and walked as a man, the only name He called God by was, “Father.” Jesus said, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world...” (John 17:6a) Which name did He manifest? Father. The only time Jesus referred to Father as God was on the Cross at Calvary, when, “… about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
We Are Loved
Jesus prayed for the unity of love, NOT unity of doctrine, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23) “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:22&23)
It is so important for our knowers to know that we are loved. When we know this, we can ask our Lord questions, and He will answer. “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24) Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. 25) Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 26) Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” (John 13:23-26) John is the only disciple who knew who the betrayer was. When our knowers know we are loved, our Lord talks and shares with us. We don’t have to ask others to find out for us.
Another reason for our knowers to know is, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 bolding mine) Because of His Love for us, “<The Father> has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14) In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, <which means> the forgiveness of our sins.” (Colossians 1:13 & 14 AMP)
Another reason for our knowers to know is, The Love of our Father will keep us from becoming worldly or set us free from being worldly. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) Notice this verse says, “the love of the Father is not in him” (bolding mine), not our love for The Father. I know you are thinking, “What about when…”, “Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) Look who He was talking to, “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36) Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22: 35 & 36) . When Jesus was asked about The Law, He answered with The Law, but He came to fulfill The Law.
It is not our love for God, our works, or our performance (that’s Law) that will bring us our Father’s Blessings and Favor; it is the finished work of Jesus Christ (His Grace) and believing in His finished work, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) Under The Law, we must work and perform. Under Grace, we accept His Supply. Does Grace mean it is okay to sin? Not at all, Paul wrote, “…the strength of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15:56b). When we sin or make mistakes—and we all do, we should acknowledge these things to our Heavenly Father. However, we should NEVER accept condemnation for anything, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1) Realize if “…the strength of sin is the law” and there is still sin in our lives, then we are not yet walking in the fullness of His Grace. As we begin to understand The Love of our Father, we begin to live and act differently. It happens effortlessly. It is not about us doing, or not doing, but about believing in and accepting The Love of our Father and what Jesus Christ did for us on The Cross at Calvary.
Thank You, For Your Love !!
Be aware that all attributes of The Most High God are capitalized out of love, respect, and reverence for The Trinity. Also, be aware that the name satan, related names, and attributes are not capitalized. I choose not to acknowledge or exemplify him even to the point of going against grammatical rules.