Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 18
November 14, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<111> Thesis: The "banishment of our sins" has to do with the laying of a foundation for a whole new approach to the mechanics of living. Introduction: In our study last week we made a couple of points that I want to revisit this morning in preparation for our study. The first point concerns the nature of what happened when we received what the translators call "the forgiveness of our sins". It was my contention last week that the word translated "forgiveness", being from the word group that is used to describe "divorce", should be understood as the creation of a vast, fixed, gulf between us and our sins. This effectively removes our sins from any "attachment" to us so that we are no longer "one" with Sin. The second point I want to revisit is the fact that this creation of a vast, fixed gulf between us and our sins is for the specific purpose of permitting God to deal with us as sinless people. In other words, the "banishment of our sins" is integrally bound up in the issue of how God is going to relate to us as the Sovereign of our Experiences...i.e., how God is going to act in regard to us as His people. There are some serious questions that arise in light of this undeniable reality: we still sin. How is it that we, who have been separated from our sins, still sin? And, what does it mean in respect to God's dealings with us that we still sin? What does the "banishment of our sins" mean in terms of the daily process of living and handling the experiences that come our way under the oversight of the Sovereign Lord? Frankly, Luke's text only addresses these questions by way of implications, so we are going to "do some theology" this morning in an attempt to understand some of these implications.