“…even what [sin] has been inscribed with an iron pen and the tip of a diamond is eternally washed away.”

The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars. (Jer.17:1)

The situation comes down to this. When your conscience accuses you of sinning against your God, you should immediately recognize that you’re dealing with the living God himself. He’s registering that sin in your conscience out of his grieving heart. A conscience unattended by the living God is nothing more than a ledger of your guilt that you simply toss into a corner and forget about. No, to have a conscience requires that you hear every thought that comes to mind about wrongdoing as the voice of the living God talking to you. The conscience only does its work effectively when in communion with God’s majesty. Then it doesn’t torment you but helps you move forward.

Remember, brothers and sisters, because God inscribes their sins on the hearts of his people with an iron pen, it’s God the Holy Spirit coming to you when your conscience is troubled. He doesn’t come in his wrath. He doesn’t come to cut you off eternally. But he comes softly and with the intent of saving you. He comes exactly at the right time to admonish you and to give you exactly what you need, This is provided by him whose blood has such unlimited power that even what has been inscribed with an iron pen and the tip of a diamond is eternally washed away. It is blotted out in the power of his love. It disappears forever because of his sacred, atoning blood.

Taken from the new translation by James A. De Jong of Abraham Kuyper’s Honey from the Rock (Lexham Press, 2018), pp.448.

This particular meditation (#32 of Volume 2) is titled “With an Iron Point!” and is based on the passage quoted at the top of this post.

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