Getting to the “Forget Clause”

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.

John 12:16

Check Point Turnabout

God, the all-knowing, commits to not holding our record of rebellion against us and to purging his memory of the matter. The extent to which this works must be a factor of his unique power. We have no surefire method of purging our memory: events and people can pop back without notice. This makes forgiving and “moving on” more of a task than one imagined.

Dropped

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ Philippians 3:8

Abandoned

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, Philippians 3:13

We like to think of ourselves as fighting to turn, to discard, and abandon our former life, when in fact we have only a false claim of overcomng sin. We cling to all the pride of pedigree, all the past things that cover up, like a fig-leaf, our rebellion and shame.  The cheapest and shallowest roads, avenues, and boulevards in the Bible are the ones named “Touch not”, “Taste not”, “Handle not”, and “Not those guys”.

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. John 6:32