Can God Look Upon Sin?

Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 both record Jesus’ response on the Cross to God’s apparent response to sin (turning from Him). The footnote in the Spirit-Filled Life Bible (over which Pastor Hayford served as General Editor) says:

"The cry of dereliction from Jesus, quoting Psalm 22:1, reflects the burden of humanity’s sin, complete identification with sinners, and a real abandonment by His Father."

The study notes from Psalm 22:1 read:

"...But perhaps the most significant statement in the entire Psalm is v. 1, which Jesus quoted from the Cross (Matthew 27:46). In that word we see God Himself turning away from His beloved Son who is bearing the sin of the world. Jesus is bearing man’s judgment, not only the judgment of death but also the judgment of separation from God. At that moment Jesus is experiencing the darkest moment of His life, and He bore it -- for us."

Habakkuk 1:13 is talking about God when it says, "You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness..." The footnotes under this portion of scripture read:

"God’s very nature cannot allow Him to behold evil without punishing the guilty ones."

Romans 8:34 and Hebrews 7:25 both speak of Christ making "intercession" for us before God the Father. So obviously He can look upon our sin; and through the atonement of Christ’s blood we are made clean, so we may have a relationship with our Father God. Aren’t you thankful for this? Praise God!

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