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Our Transgressions Blotted Out

Isaiah 44:22 (ESV) … “I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

Reader! methinks I can never say enough in calling up your attention, with my own, to observe in what endearing terms the Lord is pleased to recommend his grace, and love, and mercy to his Israel! And do not forget that what is here said, is said, to the person of our Lord: first to him, and then, in him, to all his people. And be not hurt that the promise is, of blotting out as a thick cloud his transgressions; for when Jesus stood as Israel, and, as such, the surety and representative of Israel, his Church; he stood as clothed with the filthy garments of our poor fallen polluted nature.

He saith himself, by the spirit of prophecy, that his iniquities were gone over his head, as a heavy burden too heavy for him, Psalm 38:4. And is it not the express doctrine of the Bible, that Jehovah laid on him the iniquity of all his people? Indeed, had this not been the case, how would our sins have been taken away?

See, I pray you, those scriptures in confirmation, and may the Holy Ghost give both you and me a right understanding in them: Isaiah, 53:4–6; Gal. 3:13. And hear the holy Jesus, in his cries under the weight and burden of our sins, Psalm 69:1–4. When you have duly pondered this solemn, but most blessed of all subjects, then look well for your own interest in these promises of Jehovah, from your oneness and union with Christ, and see that you have redemption in his blood, the forgiveness of all your sins, according to the riches of God’s grace; Ephes. 1:6, 7.[1]

[1] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Proverbs–Lamentations (Vol. 5, pp. 417–418). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

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