"I, even I, am the One who wipes [blots] out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins." - Isaiah 43:25
Let us examine this verse in its various parts. “I” refers to God. “I, even I” is repeated for intensity and emphasizes the fact that God is the one who forgives sins. The verb “wipes” (blots) means “to wipe clean” and tells us sin puts blots on you. God wipes clean sins’ blots. And so David prayed, “According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out (wipe clean) my transgressions.” (Psa.51:1). “For My own sake” tells us the reason for God forgiving you is not in you. The reason is in God and for His glory.
“And I will not remember your sins.” Jer.31:34 says, “I will forgive their iniquity and their sins I will remember no more.” When it says that the omniscient God does “not remember”, what does that mean? Forgiveness is not God’s promise to forget your sins. Forgiveness is a divine legal act. By forgiveness God wipes clean the “blotted” records of your sins. Forgiveness means God will not and cannot bring up your sins again, hold them against you, and condemn you. It is for this reason Rom.8:1 says to the Christian, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Has God forgiven you your sins in Christ? Then rejoice and be comforted. Psa.32:1 says, “O the blessednesses (O the great joys) of the one whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!”
Satan will bring up your forgiven sins and accuse you, mock you and disrupt your peace with God. When Satan attacks you, go to God in prayer and thank Him afresh for His lovingkindness and gracious forgiveness of your sins.
A person may say, “Yes, I know God has forgiven me but I can’t forgive myself.” There is no verse in the Bible that calls on you to forgive yourself. To say you cannot forgive yourself is unbiblical, arrogance & folly. The Bible calls upon you to confess your sins to God, repent of them, and ask Him to forgive you.
"Forgiveness is not God’s promise to forget your sins. Forgiveness is a divine legal act."
Every human being has an active memory. An active memory means you will not literally forget your sins. Let the “remembrance” of your sins be a reminder of your rebellion against God and your folly. Let the “remembrance” of your sins be a reminder of God’s grace, compassion, mercies, and lovingkindness. Let the “remembrance” of your sins be a warning to you and a reminder to flee from sin. Finally, your confident hope is this : there is a day coming when God will wipe away every memory of your sins. When you stand before the Holy, Holy, Holy God in heaven, there will no guilt and no shame. “In Your presence is fulness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psa.16:11).
Pastor Amresh Semurath