God doesn’t just forgive, but His promise of complete atonement includes this amazing fact: in Yeshua, in the New Covenant, God totally FORGETS our sins!
“…for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jer 31:34)
This is how the Apostle Paul can speak of believers as being “new creations” (2 Cor 5:17), because the Creator now deals with us as new people, without our past baggage of sin.
Recently we wrote about the 70 year window of Biblical time that we are approaching since the end of WWII (1945-2015). The wartime wounds and memories still condition the relationship between nations—especially between Israel & Germany, and Japan & the nations of East Asia. But, we are approaching a time when the Lord desires to “forgive and forget,” enabling nations and peoples to move forward into the future on the grounds of the “new creation” and not the past.
For How Long?
Every year, on Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel (April 28th, this year), our people proclaim: “Never forgive, Never forget!!” In modern China, hatred and unforgiveness towards the Japanese is a foundation of the education system and national sense of identity. As New Covenant Jews and Chinese, we must have the courage to stand and proclaim this Gospel of forgiveness, even at the national level. How long do we plan to remember in this way?
After about 70 years in His economy of mercy and judgment, I believe the sin of unforgiveness on the part of the victim nation becomes a greater sin than that originally perpetrated upon them by the aggressor nation. Can we Jews and Chinese forgive and put the sins of Germany and Japan away from us, “as far as the east is from the west?” (Ps 103:12) And thus change the destiny of the nations of the world—both east and west??
Ariel grew up in a Reform Jewish home. He was searching for meaning in life in Zen Buddhism after college, when he was born again at a church in downtown Tokyo. He made Aliyah in 1998 and co-leads Ahavat Yeshua Congregation in Jerusalem.
He is the author of ‘One New Man—Reconciling Jew & Gentile in One Body of Christ’, and teaches the Bible in English, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese.
Ariel and his wife Vered have 4 children, and live in downtown Jerusalem.