The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
Blotted Out
     By Sara Stoner

The ability of God to thoroughly take away our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, is something for which we will be praising the Father and Son forever.           
God proclaimed this to Israel through His prophets, yet the nation as a whole, did not come to God. In Isaiah  43:25  God speaks:  “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions, for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”  In Isaiah 44:22, Isaiah proclaims this word of God, “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins; return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.”        
The apostle Peter proclaimed this to those who marveled at the lame man’s healing.  After laying the responsibility of killing the Prince of Life at their feet, he said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”        
The words ‘blotted out’ suggest that there was something written against us.  Isaiah proclaimed, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”  Scarlet suggests a deep stain, one that cannot be removed by us.  But God has removed that stain of sin upon us by Christ taking it upon Himself.  In the days of ink wells and quill pens, it was a necessity to use a blotter, a felt-like material that absorbed the unwanted ink stain.  Sometimes it was successful in removing the stain from the paper, sometimes it wasn’t.  But Christ has removed the stain of sin from us who believe.  He has removed our sins from us, “as far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 102:12).        
Jeremiah prophesied to Israel of the time when they would return from Babylon. In Jeremiah 50:20 he said, “In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, AND THERE SHALL BE NONE:  and the sins of Judah, and THEY SHALL NOT BE FOUND:  for I will pardon them whom I reserve.”   This is a reality for us who have believed in this age of the New Covenant, when Christ has so thoroughly and evidently put away our sins.  And there is a time yet to be, when we shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  We will hear Him say, “The iniquity of (insert your name) shall be sought for, AND THERE SHALL BE NONE: and the sins of (insert your name) AND THEY SHALL NOT BE FOUND.”  All praise be to the Lamb of God, who has taken away our sins.  


"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).