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Blotting out Transgression

Isaiah 43:25, Psalm 32:1-11, Andrew Love, May 20, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • This verse speaks of the great salvation of sinners
    • A dark background (v22-24)
  • The promise - repeated throughout the bible
    • e.g. 44:22
  • This is purely because of love and for His own names' sake
  • God chooses not to remember our sins
  • Overview:
    • What is transgression?
    • How serious is it?
    • Why do we transgress?
    • What is the Good News?
    • How should we respond to it?

What is transgression?

  • The breaking of a law
  • Trespassing is slight different to transgression
    • It is over stepping God's law and boundary
  • Transgression
    • Sins of Commission
    • Sins of Omission
      • e.g. v22-24 - sins of omission
  • Sin is not just not doing the things you should
    • The whole of the law and the prophets is summed up in this: love your neighbour and God
    • Explanation
  • Breaking of this law of love
    • James 2:8-11
    • Even breaking one (little) law and you break the whole law of God
    • We cannot just keep certain parts of the law
  • We are all transgressors - we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God

How serious is it?

  • How serious is sin?
    • Do you see your sin as an affront to a Holy God?
    • Do you see that your sin grieves God?
    • Do you believe that God cannot look upon sin?
    • Do you believe that if God is Holy and just He must punish sin?
  • We ought to tremble before sin
    • Ezra 9:4
    • Example of David
      • Psalm 51:1-3
  • Do we confess our sin?
    • David had sinned not just against others but also against God
  • Do we downplay our sin?
    • Will God forgive us if we use the cross as an excuse for sin?
    • Ezk 39:24
    • Ex 23:21 and Josh 24:19 - God will not forgive sin if people make light of it
  • v22-25 & explanation

Why do we transgress?

  • We sin because we have a sinful nature
    • Isa 48:8
  • It is ingrained within us
    • Ezk 18:31
  • Sin comes from our heart
    • We need a new heart - this can only come from God
      • The promise of v25 can only be given to those who come in faith to God and who believe
    • We need a change on the inside before there can be a change on the outside

What is the Good News?

  • The truth of Christianity is Good News!
  • All our sin and our filth can be washed clean - as white as snow
    • Isa 1:18
  • He will do this for His namesake
  • Our sin has been laid on Jesus at the cross
    • Isa 53:5-6
    • Sin must be punished and it has all been laid on Jesus Christ
    • Explanation
  • The Bible gives wonderful promises to those who believe in Jesus Christ

How should we respond to it?

  • What is your response?
    • Are you going to keep relying upon yourself?
    • Will you confess your sin?
    • Will you believe the promise of God?
    • Have you seen the love of God in the face of Jesus Christ?
    • Have you believed in Jesus?

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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