Guest: AO, CA, USA
Content: Chapter 7, The New Covenant by Watchman Nee & Witness Lee
“For I will be propitious to their unrighteousnesses,
and their sins I will by no means remember anymore.” (Hebrews 8:12)
What are the characteristics of the content of the new covenant? Three things are seen from Hebrews 8:10-12, which are the forgiveness of sins, life and power and the inward knowledge of God. In episode 17, we will discuss the forgiveness of sins revealed in the new covenant.
Here is a short excerpt from Chapter six of The New Covenant:
“Once again let us look at Hebrews 8:12: “For I will be propitious to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins I will by no means remember anymore.” This is one of the blessings given to us in the new covenant. It refers to God’s forgiving us our sins in Christ. God can be propitious to our unrighteousnesses because Christ has shed His blood for us. Not only is He propitious to our unrighteousnesses, but He by no means remembers our sins anymore. That God does not remember our sins means that He forgets them. God’s forgetting of our sins is not that He hides His face or purposely ignores them, but that Christ’s blood has blotted out the charges of sin against us and washed us from our sins (Isa. 44:22; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 1:5). Today God is confining Himself to the covenant; He is willing to be restricted by the covenant. When He said, “I will be propitious to their unrighteousnesses,” He will do it; and when He said, “their sins I will by no means remember anymore,” He will not remember. This is the new covenant, and this is the gospel.” ( The New Covenant, p.72)
What enlightens our guest the MOST?
“Many people may think that in order to obtain forgiveness from God, they need to beg or plead with Him. But Hebrews 8:12 reveals that God’s forgiveness is actually a bequest of the new covenant. We do not need to beg God for forgiveness. He has to forgive us-He has no choice but to forgive us -because He has covenanted His forgiveness to us. Not only does He forgive, He forgets. He said, “And their sins I will by no means remember anymore.” When we confess our sins, He forgives and then forgets. So we should forget our sins as well. We should not remember or remind God of what He has forgotten. This verse, Hebrews 8:12 is a big encouragement and help to me in my Christian life. When I have mistakes and failures, it can be easy to be tempted to look at what I have done, to be discouraged, and to become occupied with my sins rather than the Lord. But this verse reminds me to forget. I need to forget my sins – forget what God has forgotten-and look away unto Jesus and go on positively with Him.” (AO)