Hebrews 10: The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
It’s not about what I have done for God, but what God has done for me. Saving me from my sins has nothing to do with teamwork. God and I do not team up to save me. God has done it all in Christ. He put his law in my mind and in my heart so that I would know that I am a sinner and always be a beggar before his throne. Then he came to me with his gracious promise of forgiveness. Complete and full forgiveness. Not a temporary reprieve from my execution. God says he will not even remember my sins, so that no sacrifice for sin is necessary on my part. He has done it all. He even made a covenant with me so that I can be sure this is true.
What does that leave for me to do? Nothing for my salvation. That’s been done. But what I can do, what I will do, what I must do, is give thanks and praise for what Jesus has done for me. Paul said that the love of Christ compels us. Christ’s love compels me to praise and thank and serve and obey him. Christ’s love compels me to love my neighbor and to teach him about Jesus. Christ’s love compels me to live each day to his glory. Christ’s love compels me “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [my] God” (Micah 6:8). This love of Christ compels me in a way that sets me free in a way that I could never have imagined.