For Nothing Is Hidden
by: William C. Brownson
Question: In a Christian publication there was a teaching that everything we have ever thought, said, or done will one day be displayed for all the world to see and judge. What a horrible thing to look forward to! It’s anything but a future blessing! (from Minnesota)
Answer: It’s true that human efforts at concealment will be unsuccessful. Whatever we try to hide will come to light. What we do under cover of darkness will become public in the day of judgment. The books will be opened, the secrets made known.
However, those sins that we have already confessed and repented, God promises to forgive and remove as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:12). He will cast them in the depths of the sea and remember them against us no more. We need not be apprehensive about past sins that we have confessed and forsaken. If we trust in Jesus we are cleansed; we are justified. It is not part of God’s gracious purpose to humiliate his repentant, forgiven people.
So if you’ve been trying to hide your evil ways, give that up. Your sins will find you out. Repent and turn to Christ. “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Prov. 28:13). But for those who are forgiven, we can anticipate the second coming without a fear of a public shaming.