Moving day at the office was yesterday! There was plenty of dust being kicked up, food being thrown out (science projects in people’s desks!), books being sifted through, and papers thrown out.
our supervisor was also cleaning out his desk as well as his large filing cabinet. I teased him about whether he was throwing out things from our “permanent record.” Amused, he said, “No.”
I remember the threat as a child in school: If you do something really bad, then it will go on your “permanent record.” Maybe there was one, although I doubt it. More likely the “permanent record” was informing my mother of what I had done. She wouldn’t forget!
What about our spiritual lives?
Sins create a record of debt that stands against us.
Colossians 2:13-14: And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the
record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the
Is there a permanent record? Yes, there is.
But this he set aside – nailing it to the cross!
Hebrews 10:16-17 tells us, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will
remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
How can we have that record canceled?
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. But more than just redeeming us and forgetting about our permanent record, God, through the blood of Jesus, gives us an inheritance.
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” (Ephesians 1:11)