Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.Hebrews 9:22
The sinner’s greatest need is for forgiveness of sins – and God alone can forgive sins.
But God had planned a unique way that all sinners could be forgiven of their sins., but it meant that the eternal Son of God would become a perfect human being so that He could be made a sacrifice for sin – a substitute for man – a kinsman-redeemer.
Life is in the blood and without the shedding of blood, there is NO forgiveness of sins.
The Perfect Man
Only God’s eternal Son was good enough to pay the incredible price for humanities sin, but God is Spirit and without the shedding of human blood – is no forgiveness of sins. He had to lay aside His glory, leave His heavenly abode and become the Son of Man. And so at God’s appointed time Jesus was born – as the innocent and perfect Man. Only the blood of an innocent and perfect Man was sufficient to pay the price for sin.
for us, for our sins so that we may be forgiven and reconciled to Him, with the promise of eternal life.
When I gave my life to Jesus during the Billy Graham crusade event in Chesterfield in 1984, I remember being blown away by the fact that not only had my sins been forgiven and I had the assurance of eternal life but I had a direct line to Father God.
Forgiven and Free
No greater love,No greater forgivenessNo greater grace.
In dying on that cross our Lord Jesus Christ, as He had promised, reconciled us to Father God in the forgiveness of our sins and the assurance of eternal life with Him and His Father – and the promise that He was leaving His Holy Spirit with us to live in us and amongst us until we die or until He returns.
A Godly Love
In His heartache, torment, suffering, and distress, He stretched His arms of love – a reach from eternity past to eternity future. The anguish, desolation, loneliness, and rejection poured on Him was the totality of humanities amassed evil – and the outflow from Him was forgiveness; hope; compassion – love. All Satan’s tempestuous fury was concentrated and condensed into one brief breath of time. All the Father’s undiluted wrath and rage was poured out in full measure upon His sinless head – and in the midst of this, He called out, Woman, behold thy son!
Some consider that unless a sinner believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in addition, goes through the process of repenting of all their sins – they are not properly saved. Many believers are told by certain teachers and preachers that unless they repent of every sin they have ever committed – then they cannot be properly forgiven by God. But this goes against the teachings of both John – the beloved disciple of the Lord and the apostle Paul, who was called as God’s special witness to the gentile nations.
It tastes of mercy and forgiveness, grace and divine love.
Man’s Desperate Cravings
The deepest and most intense craving of the stained sinner is FORGIVENESS.
How to Know Christ
Are you longing after God – desirous of His presence? Do you seek to be filled with His Spirit and overwhelmed by His Love? Do you yearn for forgiveness and holiness and assurance? Do you call out with Paul “That I may know Christ – that I may know Him?
Victory of Defeat
We all delight in the wonderful news that all our sins have been forgiven, past present and future, and rightly so – but new believers should also be trained up in the Christian life and understand about post-salvation sins, and all to often they can affect our relationship to God and our fellowship with Him.
And although the power sin has been severed in our life, and we have been given a new live in Christ, believers still commit sins and although forgiven through the blood of the Lamb, often have consequences to face.
A Consequences Check
Are my sins not properly forgiven as a believer?
A believers’ sin of fornication is forgiven, but the result may be aids or a baby.
A believers’ sin of ‘murder’ is forgiven, but a consequence may be prison.
A believers’ sin of stealing is forgiven, but may result in the loss of a friend’s trust, but most serious of all is that any sin in our life puts us out of fellowship with the Father – eternally saved but devoid of communion with God.
There is a need in the life of all mankind for God – for His forgiveness and love, and multiple methods have been designed in an attempt to reach humanity’s goal. But the futility of those that are searching for a bloodless way is tragic and pitiful – for Christ not only told us the Way, but He alone is the Way – the only way to God – and all the questions that are deep in the heart of man have been answered in Him.
There is a need in the life of all mankind for God – for His forgiveness and love, but the true and only God has been swept aside in preference for man’s imaginings. Multiple methods have been designed in an attempt to reach humanity’s goal. God will once again astound these hypocrites with amazing wonders.
This will not only result in avoiding outward sin which can mar our testimony, but will prevent us from entertaining the inward sins, which so easily ensnares us:- lack of faith as well as jealousy, pride, bitterness, lust, un-forgiveness, fear.
as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Remember, that without shedding of Christ’s blood there is no remission of sins Hebrews. 9:22 – and that means no forgiveness for anyone – not for me, for you… not for Mary.
Forgiven by the Lord
The gentle handmaiden of the Lord is in equal need of His grace and forgiveness, but once forgiveness is bestowed, ALL condemnation is eternally removed, forever: for there is therefore now NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.
The Shed Blood
Christ went to the cross not only to die for our sins – but to die unto SIN. His blood not only to paid the price FOR sin but it also broke the power OF sin in us. Many do not appreciate that Christ’s cross dealt with more than forgiven sins. The shed blood of Christ also gave us victory over the power of sin in our life,
Christ died instead of us for our forgiveness – He lives instead of us for our deliverance. When we start to see the significance of the fuller cross – it produces liberty in life.
It seems these men, like David the shepherd king, were men after God’s own heart, as night after night and maybe year after year – these ones were unseen but faithful – unseen by multitudes, who daily flocked to the temple to seek YHWH’s forgiveness. Seen by the One who daily covered those sins – until the fullness of time came in.
He knows that the only peace with God a sinner will know, is His forgiveness, but He also knows that the only path for His children is their need of Him – for it is only as we rest in Him will we find the true peace OF God.
Just as sin entered the world through the disobedience of one man, and death came through sin, causing condemnation and separation from God to be the inherited status of all people – so also redemption came to the world through the obedience of one Man, resulting in the forgiveness of sins for all humanity – and light and life and hope and peace and renewed fellowship with the Father – to ALL who would believe on His name. It was divine grace that provided a second Adam to redeem the fallen race of man.
If pardon is offered on the condition of repentance, I need faith to accept it.
If forgiveness is dependent on confession, I need to trust 1 John 1:9 for if we (who are saved) confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I need to trust that God says what He means and I need to thank Him for His blessed gift and rejoice in His loving forgiveness – or I live my life enchained and entrapped behind the prison door of unbelief.
Faith is the key that unlocks the heart to God’s forgiveness.
ot knowing He bore their sins on His shoulders, so that they could be forgiven.
Forgiveness was God’s heart of love towards the perpetrators of this heinous crime..
Only the love of our precious Saviour could have implored such a powerful pardon – and His death purchased and procured God’s gracious forgiveness for us all.
yet had they known the fuller consequences, Jesus would never have been crucified, for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.1 Corinthians 2:8 But the Lord Jesus had to die if we guilty sinners were to live. Had the Lord of glory not died our sins could not have been forgiven.
The crucifixion of God’s Son, opened the floodgates of His gracious forgiveness – and His death paid for the full price of humanities every sin – all the sin of all men, so that all that believe in His name will be saved.
Forgiveness is the precious fruit on the Tree of Life to all that accept His forgiveness.
What Think Ye
Christ’s substitutionary death at Calvary paid the price for the sin of the world. His precious pardon was prayed over every guilty person, Jew and Gentile alike. Forgiveness is Father-heart of God’s great love towards every guilty sinner – believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is the only requirement – What think ye of Christ?
Plan of Redemption
Every member of the human race is a sinner – so all are under God’s condemnation, but God’s plan of redemption was so designed that sin could be eternally forgiven – the Lord Jesus willingly took the punishment to forgive the sin of the whole world.
Neither sinner nor saint are condemned for their sin, for all sin has been forgiven.
Blood of Christ
So if our sin is already forgiven – what does it mean when John tells us that: the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin?
The union we have with Christ when we first believed is eternal and can’t be broken. When we trusted Jesus as Saviour all our sins – past, present and future were forgiven – and we were placed in everlasting, permanent and unbreakable union with Christ.
the cross dealt with forgiveness of sin – but confession restores communion. When we discover we are out of fellowship with God we need to confess our sins. When we realise we’ve sinned we need to go straight to the throne of grace and confess – and when we do we are restored into loving fellowship with our heavenly Father.
Forgiven and Cleansed
Sins are finally and forever forgiven at the cross – all sin.
True ForgivenessForgiveness not only covers forgiving those that have deeply wronged us, but sometimes we too need to accept that we have been truly forgiven.
Remembered No More
Too often we revisit forgiven sins and beat ourselves mercilessly for our misdemeanours, but once forgiven, that sin is remembered no more.
Once forgiven, your sins are as far away as the east is from the west.
The great D.L Moody once noted that if God promises to cast all our confessed sin into the depth of the sea, we must not get out a fishing line and keep pulling them back in. If God has forgiven you, then accept His forgiveness and forgive yourself as well.
Day by day we need to confess the sins we commit – moment by moment, for if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every wrong. 1John 1:9 But remember – once forgiven, that sin is remembered no more. Once forgiven – your sins are as far away as the east is from the west.
To forgive others you need to renounce anger and resentment against the other, but have you been willing to accept God’s forgiveness of all of your sins? Are you prepared to bestow on another the gift you received from God? Can you honestly withhold forgiveness towards another, when the Lord gave His beloved Son’s life in order to forgive you?
I spent time identifying and praying forgiveness over everything: Forgiveness over every person; cleansing over every situation, for I had not been faithful in applying 1 John 1:9 – For if we believers confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every wrong.
Prayer of Forgiveness
How true is the scripture that tells us that love covers a multitude of sins.
Little did the martyred Stephen, as he received those vicious attacks from his aggressors, know how far his prayer of forgiveness would stretch. Little did he realise that his forgiving prayer, which echoed the One on the Cross would cover the man Saul, who stood in agreement to his murder.
Little did Stephen realise that his prayer of forgiveness would cover the man who became the apostle to the gentiles and wrote... The greatest of all is love 1Cor.13:13
One is the Sacrifice of Praise and forgiveness is one of the main requirements for a heart of praise.
Forgiveness is one of the main requirements of a broken heart, for forgiveness helps address the other elements needed for a broken heart. Forgiveness can help to identify self, pride, anger, lust, jealousy – regret.
Forgiveness opens the golden gate to God’s loving fellowship in your life.
The truth of His Father-heart of love has at times become warped and distorted, as He is manipulated into the image of a demanding brother; a scornful mother; an abusive father… as God’s love and His forgiveness; His promises and His precepts are twisted to blaspheme His holy character. Many will not face the truth that their view of God could be thus distorted.
Every believer in Christ rejoices in their salvation, knowing that their sins have been forgiven and that they have received eternal life – knowing that they have a glorious inheritance, which is laid up for them in heaven.
Past, present, and future sins of the believing man are forgiven and forgotten. The same holds true for the man of God today – all sins are forgiven and forgotten – past, present and future – all forgiven and forgotten. So don’t pride yourself that your forgiven sins are influencing the troubles in your life.
I write unto you, my little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
1 John 2:12
and John the apostle in his twilight years was submerged in love for His Lord, for he had dwelt on His gracious words, for no man spoke like this Man: “love as I loved; trust as little children; forgive as your Father has forgiven you”.
John had experienced the love and forgiveness of Christ in His own turbulent life, for this son of thunder who thought to strike others with fire and brimstone..
ow seeks to smite them with Christ’s forgiveness and the love of Jesus..
This beloved disciple had seen forgiveness flow at Calvary as Christ implored: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. This devoted follower had witnessed words of forgiveness to the burly fisherman: “feed my lambs, feed my sheep” – feed my precious, little children. This ageing apostle longed for others to know the blessings of Christ’s forgiveness. This prophet of God ached that others be washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Wrath of God
John knew these children were sinners, both in practice and by nature. He knew the blessings of forgiveness and grace of God were freely open to all, but he also knew the only sacrifice for sin rested on the spilt blood of the Lord Jesus. John knew He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities – for the wrath of God was poured out on Christ to pay that price for all sin.
Blood of Christ
God’s forgiveness was for HIS sake – for Christ’s sake; for the sake of His Son – it was not for the sake of man’s merit or man’s work, but for His name’s sake.
His death alone could satisfy the wrath of a holy God for the sin of the world – and your sins are forgiven you, for His name’s sake.
John drank deeply of the love and forgiveness of His Jesus, and so we read: I write unto you, my little children, because your sins are forgiven you – for HIS name’s sake.
Well at rebirth, all our past, present and future sins were forgiven forever, and that’s grace.
Our ungrateful hearts, fleshly irritations, lack of forgiveness and criticism of others fall far short of God’s standard, which grieves the Spirit and blocks our fellowship with the Father – and that requires us to confess our sin to Him.
It is not to beg for mercy, seek forgiveness, plead repentance, or weep copious tears, though that may take place.
Consequences of Sin
His faithfulness guarantees forgiveness as well as a return to fellowship.
When we truly hate ourselves, we are prepared to rejoice in the blessed fact that we have been crucified with the Lord Jesus - that sin in the flesh was condemned (not forgiven) when He died unto sin, that our whole history as in the flesh closed before the Father in His Son's death - and that this is our title to be free.
He has in the first place rejoiced greatly in the forgiveness of his sins, and his acceptance by God; but sooner or later he begins to realise that all is not well, and that he has failed and fallen from the high standard from which he set himself to reach in the first flush of his conversion.”
This love is not the frothy romance of novels – nor the passion of a paperback. It speaks of strength and stamina, pain and long-suffering patience. It speaks of heartache and endurance. It speaks of deep disappointment, and yet an abiding forgiveness. It speaks of love that never fails, despite the grossest betrayals. It speaks of tenderness, regardless of the most ruthless duplicity. It speaks of forbearance and grace, in spite of deception and disloyalty. It speaks of the deepest affection – a love that never gives up – that never ever fluctuates, no matter what. It speaks of His precepts and promises through poetry and prophecy.
God purposed His own Son would shed His innocent blood to pay the tremendous price for the sin of the entire human race – as God’s perfect Law required. God’s plan was not simply to restore man to his original position – where sins could be forgiven and a right standing between God and man could be restored.
Our Good Shepherd
He is praying for us now, that our faith will not fail – and even when we become faithless, His prayers and pleadings on our behalf are honoured by the Father – for we are kept through His pleading prayers, so that when we do return into His arms of forgiveness, we will strengthen our brethren.
What was born in Job, blossoms throughout the God-breathed Word, as one by one, we see the same purifying process being perfected, in each saint… not as a punishment for sins forgiven, but a deeper understanding of God’s way.
He not only bestows on us peace WITH God as we nestle in His forgiveness, that glorious 'new-birth' peace with God the Father….and endows us with the peace OF God, which protects and guards our hearts and minds… but also by His grace, He lavishly supplies us with His OWN peace… the peace of God that surpasses understanding – the peace of Jesus.
What a privileged position! Those baptised into this position by the Spirit at rebirth are seen as perfect as Christ! Believers in Christ are forgiven their sins, and clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
In Acts 26:18 we read: by faith in Christ they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified, while in Romans 6:19 we read: just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification.
Every member of the human race that trusts Christ – is born again into Christ. All who trust Christ as Saviour become God’s children and joint-heirs with Christ. All in Christ have been regenerated, forgiven, and clothed in His righteousness.
But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other Man - Jesus Christ.
Words of Forgiveness
I wonder what touched the heart of this criminal – this malefactor and thief, who sharply rebuked his fellow-convict to call out: Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom. Did this dying man hear the gracious words of forgiveness..
the sweet words of forgiveness that dropped from the lips in this innocent victim?
Death should hold no sting for Christ’s redeemed and forgiven ones – for to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Just as a sinner is taught to rest in the Lord Jesus' shed Blood for his forgiveness, so must the saint rest in the Lord Jesus for his deliverance from the power of sin and the grip of the law - yes, and from himself, also.
No doubt I shall find lovely confidence in the Lord in respect of His government of this world, the comfort of forgiveness, the happy confidence of integrity of heart, and remarkable prophecies of Christ; but where shall I find heavenly hopes, or my union with the glorified Lord Jesus, or even the out-flowings of divine grace, as manifested in His person on earth, or the blessed affection which flows from hearts acquainted with these?
Sins are forever forgiven at the point of salvation.
There is no guilt for a forgiven sinner, who is ‘forever‘ a saint and child of God.
Work of God
Jesus said: this is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” John 6:29 Believe in Him for the forgiveness of your sins – believe Him that through life’s trials you are being changed into his likeness..
We require deliverance FROM our sin, but both forgiveness and deliverance are found in the cross of Christ.
Transgression in thought, word, or deed are sins against God, and need forgiveness.
Forgiveness of sins
But God in His love and justice has provided a solution for the sins we commit.
The remedy God has provided for the SINS we commit – is forgiveness of sins – but they can only be forgiven when an innocent sacrifice dies in our stead.
Christ’s innocent blood was God’s required purchase price for the forgiveness of sins, and the only way to access God’s forgiveness of sins – is to believe on Christ.
Cross of Christ
The problem, principle, and power of sin in our lives, was dealt with at the cross. Because we were crucified with Christ, we are set free from sin’s vice-like power. We require forgiveness for our SINS – and it is PAID IN FULL. We require deliverance from our SIN – and it is PAID IN FULL. Both forgiveness and deliverance is found in the cross of Christ.
By Grace Through Faith
It is by grace that we have received forgiveness of our sins. It is by grace that we have been delivered from the power of sin . Remember:There are 2 fundamental SIN problems, but BOTH are dealt with at the cross of Christ. It is by grace through faith in Christ that we appropriate forgiveness – of SINS. It is by grace through faith in Christ that we appropriate deliverance – from SIN.
Romans 5 and 6
In Romans chapter 5 we are told that sin is dealt with by the BLOOD of Christ. In Romans chapter 6 we see that sin is dealt with by the CROSS of Christ. In Romans chapter 5 the BLOOD of Christ removes us from the penalty of our sins – we are forgiven by the shedding of Christ’s blood. In Romans chapter 6 the CROSS of Christ removes us from the power of sin – we are delivered of sin’s power because we are in Christ – identified with His cross.
Both the forgiveness of sins and deliverance from sin are gifts of grace to all believers – and we appropriate both forgiveness and deliverance by faith in Christ's sacrifice.
He also sees the secret thoughts of the heart and the hidden sins that mar our lives. This should not disturb us but rather, it should lead us to mourn for our foolish wrongdoing. It should cause us to run to Him for forgiveness with a humble and repentant heart. It will bring us back into fellowship with the Lord and keep our heart pure before Him. The ever-watchful eye of our Father should rejoice our heart and influence our walk.
He was praying His gracious words of tender forgiveness over you, and He was praying His precious words of loving pardon over me too.
Are we who have been so beautifully, and so freely forgiven by the Lord – are we unwilling to forgive the ones that have wounded and hurt us so much?
Corrie ten Boom who watched her beloved sister die in a Nazi death-camp said: Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment.
Forgiveness is the thing that removes the handcuffs of hate.
Forgiveness breaks that power that chains bitterness.
Forgiveness unfastens the shackles of selfishness.” Paul reminds us that: “God forgave us ALL our sins” Col.2:13 – only one of which is sufficient to secure the eternal wages of death and hell.
Jesus is the only one Who could proclaim God’s full forgiveness.
He proclaimed full and free pardon instead of pronouncing the required penalty, and in the brief prayer He taught His disciples, Jesus included forgiveness.
In that exemplary prayer, He included a profound statement:- Forgive – Forgive as you have been forgiven.
Forgiveness is a beautiful heavenly quality that touches the heart of God, When you fully recognise how the Father has forgiven you of your sins – it becomes not only easier to forgive – but a vital necessity.
Yes, we are certainly supposed to love and forgive those that sin against us, yet forgiveness does not come easily to any one of us. It is the Holy Spirit Who is the One, Who can fill our hearts with God’s love and forgiveness.
Pursue His Love
But before waiting for things to happen to enable forgiveness to be applied.
Equally harmful to the soul is the pretence that we have forgiven another, when in fact we have only buried the pain in the depths of our being..
Buried unforgiveness is at the root of most relational difficulties, but forgiveness melts the hardening casement around a hardened heart.
He neither exaggerated an issue nor did He ever speak a half-truth or falsity. He never embroidered a statement nor was required to retract any lessons He taught. He did not have to apologise in word or deed for there was no fault to be found in Him. He maintained the highest moral dignity, while extending courtesy to all in His path. He never had to plead for pardon – for all His words, ways and wisdom were faultless. He never had to ask for forgiveness – yet extended forgiveness to all who would come,
His perfect life would be a payment – for the sinful lives of the entire human race. All sin that was covered by the fleece of a lamb would be atoned for by His blood. Until the blood of the perfect Sacrifice was offered, man’s sin would remain covered – covered but never forgiven UNTIL the final Sacrifice for all sin was offered.
Nevertheless, all SIN was forgiven at Calvary – so all condemnation is lifted.
Forgiveness – God First Act
These were the first words spoken by the Lord Jesus on the Cross. Forgiveness was the first thought on the mind of the crucified Saviour. Forgiveness was the first response of God to sins committed in the Eden. Forgiveness is an unfathomable grace that is deep in the heart of God.
Forgiveness – Christ First Thought
These sublime words were uttered at the very act of His crucifixion on the cross..
His forgiveness traversed the centuries of time.
His forgiveness spanned the extremity of the universe.
His forgiveness flowed down into the bowels of the earth..
His forgiveness tore down the veil to the Holy of Holies..
His Story of Forgiveness
His prayer encompassed you and me as His life-giving love flowed..
This pivotal point in HIS-Story, which flooded the far reaches of creation, as fallen man was saturated with God’s forgiveness. This centralised fulcrum in the affairs of mankind – spans past time and through eternity.
There is now no condemnation to we who are in Christ Jesus the Lord .. None – None – NONE. What a lesson in gracious forgiveness are these precious words – precious words from our precious, forgiving Saviour. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Prayer of Forgiveness
We too should pray for those that despise and reject us. We too should pray for those that hurt and abuse us. We too should pray for those that grieve and harm us – and we too should love as He loved. This is not mere choice.
Illustration of Forgiveness
There are some fragrant trees that bathe a sweet perfume… on the very axe that strikes them, and we too should show only sweet tender, forgiving love, to those that hurt or harm us; to those that grieve or pain us.
Seven 7-fold Work
There is a sevenfold work of the Spirit of God at our salvation, which can be resisted:- 1) He convicts us of our need of a Saviour (John 16:8-9) 2) He regenerates the forgiven sinner, giving a new life (Titus 3:5) 3) He baptises the new believer into the body of Christ (1Cor.12:13) 4) He indwells the new believer permanently and forever (1Cor.3:16 1Cor.6:19) 5) He anoints the new believer (2Cor.1:21 1John 2:20-21) 6) He earnests a first-fruit pledge of full fruit (Eph.1:14 Rom.8:23) and 7) He witnesses with an assurance of son-ship (Rom.8:16).
What salvation has done is not merely forgiving me my sins; forgiveness, cleansing, justifying, applies to my responsibility and guilty condition in the first Adam; but salvation applies to my standing in the Last Adam.
He has in the first place rejoiced greatly in the forgiveness of his sins, and his acceptance by God; but sooner or later he begins to realise that all is not well, and that he has failed and fallen from the high standard which he set himself to reach, in the first flush of his conversion.
He has in the first place rejoiced greatly in the forgiveness of his sins, and his acceptance by God; but sooner or later he begins to realize that all is not well, and that he has failed and fallen from the high standard which he set himself to reach in the first flush of his conversion.
Still the small inward voice I hear,That whispers all my sins forgiven;Still, the atoning blood is near,That quenched the wrath of hostile heaven.I know the life His wounds impart;I know the Saviour in my heart.
It all centres around believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross, for apart from Calvary there is no forgiveness of sin – no salvation – no heaven. Man’s assumption is inevitably that I must win my way to heaven by my good deeds. God’s criteria is believe on the finished work of Christ crucified – and nothing else. The one point men seem to forget is that we are all sinners and estranged from God. Sin is the one thing that separates man from God.
BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ – and your sins are forgiven. BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ – and you are not condemned. BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ – and you are given eternal life. BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ – and you are put in union with the Lord Jesus. BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ – and you are forever in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit. BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ – and you are no longer separated from the Father.
There were many animal sacrifices given to Israel and every time an animal was sacrificed, it was a blood-splattered reminder that we are all sinners who fall short of God's glory; we are fallen creatures who need to be forgiven; we are all sinners in need of a Saviour - and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.
As we recognise the truth that Christ's sacrifice was made once for all and forever... and that by faith in Him our sins are not simply covered but fully forgiven, we can rejoice with exceeding great joy that the Mosaic Law, the Feasts of the Lord, the various priestly ceremonies and bloody sacrificial offerings of the Old Covenant, were true shadows of the glorious reality that was manifest in Christ Jesus Who has saved us from our sin and seated us together with Him in heavenly places.
His Word is a lamp to our feet and a guiding light along our pathway, for by grace through faith we have been made His children and are called to walk in the light of His love, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.May the light of His love so shine through each one of us, that men may see our godly deeds, hear the Word of truth, trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, and glorify our Father Who is in heaven.
We who were dead in trespasses and sin and without God in the world, have been brought near to God because of Israel's transgressions, and by grace through faith in Him, we have been made children of God, forgiven of our sins, made part of the Body of Christ, been in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit and received eternal life as a free gift of God's grace.
The enemy will accuse you of sin and try to dislodge your trust in God's holy Word, but GOD is the one that has forgiven your sins forever – past, present, and future, and flung them all into the sea of His forgetfulness, simply because you trusted in the Lord Jesus.
This question is often argued by those who fail to grasp why sin came into the world and how sin can be forgiven.
The life-blood of a little animal, that did nothing wrong, became to Adam and his wife, their 'salvation', for God covered their guilt with its blood-stained body, for without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin.
He no doubt touched on His life, His ministry, His mission, and His work on the Cross for the forgiveness of sin, the redemption of mankind, and life everlasting, as outlined in so many prophetic books.
From start to finish, the book of Galatians outlines the deep concern that the apostle Paul showed for the Christians in Galatia who, having been saved by grace through faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and having been born from above, chose to give up the glorious liberty they had in Christ (salvation, through the hearing of faith) for the meritorious work and legalistic bondage from which they had been set free.
If there was any other way to be declared righteous before God and receive forgiveness of our sin, other than through the finished work of Christ - then His sacrifice was not sufficient!
We are declared righteous by faith in the only begotten Son of God for the forgiveness of our sin and we are to continue to LIVE by grace through faith and not by works of the law.
He explains how the faithful remnant will mourn deeply over rejecting their Messiah when they realise their sin, but that in His grace the Lord had made provision for their sin to be forgiven, the nation to be restored, and their land to be cleansed.
Let our every thought be taken captive to the Lord so that we may remain in sweet fellowship with the God of our salvation, for when the eyes of our heart are fixed on Him in grateful thanks for His work on Calvary's Cross and the redemptive work within our own lives, we who are forgiven much will love much.
He also reminds us that we have a living hope in Christ, for when we finally see Him we shall be like Him... and this glorious hope keeps us pure, even as we are pure through faith in Christ - for by faith in Christ we are forgiven of our sins and covered in His own righteousness.
Lawlessness (or sin) is antithetical to godliness and purity and the lawless sinner is always at variance with the forgiven child of God.
As Christians, we are citizens of heaven who are passing through a cursed world which is filled with condemned sinners who are in need of Christ's forgiveness... and God has given us everything we need to live a victorious Christian life in this fallen world.
MY peace I give unto you.The amazing love of God, binds us together in worship and praise to our Heavenly Father Whose loves for us is so profound, that He gave His only begotten Son to become our substitute for sin, while the supernatural love of Jesus is such that while we were yet sinners, Christ died on our account so that we might be forgiven of our sin, receive a new life in Him, become united with Christ and abide with Him forever.Faith, enables us to worship in spirit and truth.
God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son - the eternal Son of God to be born as the perfect Son of Man.. so that by His death we might be forgiven and by His life we might have eternal life..
Our faithful God is the one who fed the hungry multitude, provides comfort for the broken-hearted, gives succour to the weak, strength to the weary, hope to the afflicted, and salvation to all who trust in Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins - for while we were yet sinners, God in His grace provided a Kinsman-Redeemer to save His people from their sins.
There is great comfort for the people of Israel (and for all the children of God) in the book of Isaiah, for despite Israel's rebellion against the Lord and the crucifixion of their promised Messiah, God has declared that He will not forsake His people, their iniquity would be forgiven, and their sin would be remembered no more.
who is dead in sins, estranged from God and steeped in apostasy as recorded in the Old Testament - to the 27 New Testament chapters that follow, which deal with redemption and comfort, forgiveness and grace - and joyfully terminates with a new heaven and a new earth.
Faith in Christ saves us from God's righteous judgement and His baptism unto death becomes our death - NOT the removal of the filth of the flesh for the forgiveness of sin, which we received by faith in Christ, but an appeal to God for a good conscience through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Who is our righteousness.
The curse of the Law has been lifted, the sting of death has been removed, and we have been born into the family of God and become part of a totally new creation in Christ, with our sins forgiven and our eternal life secure.As born again citizens of heaven, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
First, He died to set us free from slavery to sin, and the only thing we had to do to receive forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, was to believe on the Person and Work of the only begotten Son of God.As soon as we were saved, God started a new work.
All have been freed from the slave-market of sin, for we all have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ - forgiven of our sins, justified in the eyes of God, regenerated and sealed, adopted and born again.
We do not have to undertake the annual cleansing rituals as laid out in the Law of Moses, but we do have to purify our hearts before the Lord - and we do this by trusting in the death, burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin and by living each day in a way that honours His name.
The Son of God was born into the human race that He Himself created in order to carry out the will of the Father - that whosoever believes on His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection for the forgiveness of sins.. might have eternal life and become ministers of reconciliation to a lost and dying world.
He is to be the centre and circumference on which forgiven men and women must be securely anchored... for to Him has been given all honour and glory, might, majesty, dominion, and power, forever and ever, amen.
It seems to be setting the stage to show that righteous living can only be achieved from a changed heart that has trusted in God for the forgiveness of sin – for only those who believe in Him are credited with righteousness.It is pointing out that all men are sinners, for only God is perfect.
How much more should who have been forgiven of our sins, clothed in His own righteousness, made joint-heirs with our Saviour and seated together with Him in heavenly places, unite our voices in great rejoicing and sing songs of praise about the majesty of his reputation, and give Him the honour He deserves.
Suffering with Christ is simply a portal which translates His blood-bought believers into His eternal joy, and as sinners saved by grace, we have peace with God for the forgiveness of sin and the peace of God in our heart.
How long it took for this truth to blossom in the heart of Nicodemus we will never know, but as one of the men who laid Christ's dead body in the stone-cold tomb, we know that this dear man did not only SEE heaven with his spiritual eye of faith, but will enter the kingdom of heaven as a forgiven child of God and a member of the Body of Christ.
Let us rightly divide the Word of God, study to show ourselves approved, and seek to live as we have been taught - not only being identified with His death for the forgiveness of sins, but with His new born-again life within.
The trial that comes our way is not a stick of punishment from an angry God for our misdemeanours, but the corrective, chastening rod of our loving heavenly Father, Who loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to pay the price for our sin - so that by believing in Him we might receive forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
Righteousness outlines our relationship with God, for having been forgiven of our sins, we have been placed into right relationship with Him and it behoves us to live righteously before Him all the days of our life.
He wanted to rejoice in the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, by faith in Christ.But the Body of Christ had been slowly and stealthily infiltrated by certain vulgar individuals who were denying the efficacy of the blood of Christ, and adversely influencing the faith of others.And so Jude wanted to remind his fellow believers of the fate of those people who deny the truth of the gospel and blaspheme the name of the Lord, with their satanically inspired lies.He reminded them of the terrible fate of corrupt cities in the time of Abraham.
The men of the city even lusted after the two angels who entered the city to save Lot and his family from the judgement which was about to fall.When a person, nation, or faction of society becomes so degenerate, God not only gives them over to their evil pursuits, but finally destroys them by the breath of His righteous judgement.Jude used Sodom, Gomorrah, and the cities around them as a warning to all who choose to turn the grace of our God into lewdness, by denying the shed blood of Christ for the forgiveness of their sin.
Their salvation is by grace through faith in Christ's finished work on the cross, and forgiveness of sins and eternal life are two of many heavenly benefits that every sinner receives - by grace, through faith in the only begotten Son of God.
Christ's Sabbath-day healing was linked to his sins being forgiven, which caused the religious leaders to become angry and fearful.
The NEW Life that Jesus promised to the narrow-minded religionists of His day, through faith in His name, is the eternal life that the Father gave to the Son, when He raised Him from the dead, to enable Him to give newness of Life to whomsoever He chooses - to those who believe on His name for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.There is only one way to be saved, and God Himself proclaimed this to the nations: I have sworn by Myself, was His sovereign challenge, the Word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back – that to Me every knee will bow, and every tongue will swear allegiance.God in His grace, extended His hand of salvation to the Gentiles, if they would turn away from their idols of wood and stone, and trust in the Lord for the forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation.That same gracious hand of reconciliation continues to be extended today, to whosoever will hear, answer, and believe in the One Who paid the price for the sin of the world – the shed blood of a perfect sacrifice – Jesus Christ the righteous.In the light of New Testament revelation, we know: At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.The message of salvation is one of hope and blessing to those that believe, and one of condemnation and eternal separation from God for those that refuse to confess His name.May we be ready and willing to go into the world, whether at home or abroad, and tell the good news of salvation to the lost – to Jew and Gentile alike: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The dear pleasure of Paul's heart and his deep spiritual burden was for Israel's salvation. His personal longing and pleading prayer was that God's chosen nation would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and place their collective trust in His sacrificial work for the forgiveness of their sins.
God knows that those that trust Him and believe His Word are truly rich – for the outcome of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is forgiveness of sins, peace with God, a new life in Christ, the indwelling Comforter, joint-heirship in Christ's coming kingdom, and a glorious and eternal heavenly home, among a multitude of wonderful blessings that are showered on all who are rich in faith by trusting His Word.
Not only were the apostles among the many eye-witnesses of the resurrected Christ during those 40 days between His Resurrection and Ascension, but the crowds in Jerusalem who were listening to the blistering truth from Peter's discourse that day, had themselves been spectators to all that had transpired on that momentous Feast of Passover, only fifty days before when the sky turned black for three hours and the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom - giving all who will believe on Him forgiveness of sin, life everlasting, and access to the heavenly throne of grace.
The Word of God exposes our innermost thoughts and desires, and the one who trusts in Christ as their Saviour has had their scarlet sins forgiven forever and has been covered in Christ's robe of righteousness.
This only happens through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, for the forgiveness of sin.
Christ's DEATH on the Cross, secured forgiveness of sin for our SOUL but without Christ's RESURRECTION from the dead our mortal body could not be resurrected from the grave.
Without Christ's resurrection we would be forgiven of our sin... for which we praise His holy name... but we would remain separated from our body forever... for perishable must put on the imperishable and mortal must be clothed with immortality through faith in Him.
For all who believe on Him by grace through faith, would be reconciled to God, become eternally saved, and forever forgiven by means of the astonishing atoning sacrifice that Christ made on that singular day.
And access into the throne-room of grace is through the power of the permanently indwelling Holy Spirit, Who comes to live within the body of all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - the Church, for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Today the enemy is like a roaring lion who is prowling around; accusing the saints and seeking to destroy the faith of all those who have trusted Christ for the forgiveness of sins.
He could have called down ten legions of angels to His aid, but He endured the cross of shame and wore the crown of thorns so that we might be forgiven of our sins and receive on our heads a crown of righteousness.
God determined that there would only be one way to be forgiven of sin; one way to be redeemed; one way to be declared righteous; one way to gain eternal life.
From God's perspective, no one is good and so not one person could merit forgiveness of sin through their good own works.
Not one man has ever lived who is deserving of forgiveness of sin and the salvation of their soul, for humanity is a fallen race.
The forgiveness of sin (salvation of the soul and eternal life, which is part of the package of forgiveness) is a gift - a free gift - a free gift from God - an unconditional gift from God which demonstrates His amazing grace and unconditional love, and it is available to every-man, every sinner.
Forgiveness of sins and eternal life is God's free gift which comes to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, Paul told the Philippian jailer, while John tells us in his gospel: For God so love the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son so that all that BELIEVE ON HIM should not perish but have eternal life.
He was to turn them from the dominion of Satan to God and tell them that through faith in the Lord Jesus they would receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Christ.
From the moment we are born from above we receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance with all who have been positionally sanctified... and from that time on, we begin a lifelong process of progressive sanctification... as we are changed from glory to glory into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus.
It is only by His grace we have received forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Him.
When Paul appeared before Agrippa, Bernice, and Festus, he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but proclaimed the gospel... so that they too might have the opportunity to open their eyes and be turned from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God... so that by faith in Christ they too may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Christ.
Instead of the Church proclaiming the gospel of the grace of God to a lost world, 144 thousand Jewish evangelists will start to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom – and then Christ will return as their anointed King.Although this is a time of Great Tribulation, it is not God's will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance through faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sin.
They have washed their robes and made them white, in the blood of the Lamb.This great multitude are those that have been forgiven of their sin, by faith in Christ.
They will be privileged to reign on earth with Christ for 1000 years – after He has returned, in power and great glory, to sit on the throne of David and begin His earthly rule from Jerusalem.The great crowd that John saw in his vision were Jews and Gentiles who had rejected God's offer of salvation during the Church age, but who trusted Him for the forgiveness of sin during this terrible time of Tribulation.
We have not only received forgiveness of sin and life everlasting through faith in Him, but have been called to be partakers of God's heavenly kingdom and received a share in His own glory - as heirs of God and joint-heir with Christ!
We who were once living in the kingdom of darkness, enslaved to sin, and steeped in shame, have been forever transported into His kingdom of light and received life, grace, glory, forgiveness, and hope.
The blood of innocent animals could only cover humanities sin until the perfect Lamb of God in the Person of the Lord Jesus came to earth to become that singular sacrifice Who alone was sufficient to cleanse us from all sin and clothe us in the righteousness of God - and we access His forgiveness of our sins by faith in Him.
The warm gentleness and tender-hearted forgiveness in Paul's chapter on love, in 1 Corinthians 13, identifies LOVE as the foundational fruit of the Spirit, from which all other gifts and graces grow.
Should not we who have received such a depth of love and forgiveness from our precious Saviour, not show forth His love to others?
When the love of God through Christ, abounds in our hearts, then the offenses of others, together with our own sins, are covered in Christlike forgiveness.
A God-given, unconditional forgiveness.
Surely we should cover the sins of those who sin against us and be grateful that our own, innumerable sins are also covered in Christ's forgiveness?
By faith, we have received God's eternal forgiveness.
His unconditional and unrestricted forgiveness.
There is nothing that can separate us from His love, for past, present, and future sins have been washed in the sea of His amazing forgiveness, and His vast ocean of forgetfulness, and we are cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb.
Should not we who have had the sordid sins of our blackened souls washed, covered, cleansed, and eternally forgiven by our gracious God, reflect His tender-hearted forgiveness, His warm gentleness, His deep compassion and fervent love in our dealings on our brothers and sisters in Christ?
We need to believe that the wrath of God was poured out in full measure upon Christ Himself on our behalf so that we might be forgiven of our sins, clothed in His perfect righteousness, and receive eternal life as a free gift of God's grace, by faith.
It is faith in the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary that renders a man or woman saved, forgiven, and a citizen of heaven.
Our very life has been redeemed from the pit of the dead, for not only are we forgiven of our sins and the beneficiaries of eternal life, by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but part of that free gift of grace was to redeem us from that pit of destruction that was prepared for the devil and his angels, and eternal separation from our heavenly King.
God's way challenges sin, brings about repentance without regret, cleanses, forgives, and returns us into His life-giving sanctification highway, while the unsaved are buried in guilt, shame, regret, and remorse - with no forgiveness and a road that leads them to the dungeons of death.
Weeping over sin is an important step in bringing a lost sinner into fellowship with Christ and the forgiveness of sin - through faith in Him.
May we cleanse our hands, purify our hearts, and mourn over sin and the devastation it causes in our life... and may we praise and thank our glorious Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who died on the Cross to pay the enormous price for our sin, so that by faith in Him we might be eternally forgiven and receive the promise of life everlasting.
Without a perfect sacrifice for sin and the shedding of human blood, mankind could never be forgiven.
Without the forgiveness of sin, fallen man could never be reconciled to a holy God, and the first step Christ took towards the forgiveness of our sin, was to come into the world as a tiny babe, in order to die for our sin.
When we consider the price Christ Jesus paid to come into this world and save us from our sin, when we reflect on the stain that sin has left on our heart and realise the forgiveness we have received by God's grace, through faith, surely we can do nothing other than conclude with Paul that of all sinners, I am the worse sinner of all. He saved us, not because of the righteous things we have done, but because of His great and wonderful mercy.
We are not expected to hide our light under a bushel nor to turn a deaf ear to their pitiful state of the unsaved – for all are in need of salvation and all need Christ, for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
Yet by grace through faith in Him our sins have been washed as white as snow and we have been forever forgiven of our sin, adopted into God's family; placed into the Body of Christ and reconciled to the Father.
God in the Person of Jesus Christ came to earth and was born into His own creation so that all who believe in His finished work on Calvary's cross, for the forgiveness of sin might be forgiven - and have eternal life.
Salvation means coming to Christ's cross for forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, which is open to all.
Redemption requires us to believe on the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and by grace through faith in Him we are born from above..
Christ was made sin for the accumulated sin of the whole world in loving obedience to the Father, for He cried, Not My will but Thine be done, and through His shed blood, the sin of the world was forgiven.
It is precious to discover that He was led like a lamb to the slaughter for us, and willingly and quietly took the punishment that you and I deserve so that our sins could be completely forgiven through His sacrificial death, and by faith in Him, the power of sin has been broken in our lives and we have been placed in union with Christ and identified with His life.
The one who hates his brother does not know where he is going because the darkness, caused by his hatred, has blinded his eyes.This is, indeed, a strong condemnation of the 'one' who hates his brother, especially as this serious state of affairs does not refer to the condition of an unbeliever prior to their salvation, but to a Christian after having been born of the Spirit.Earlier in the epistle, John explained that the believer who sins, must confess his sin to God the Father… and the Lord Jesus will act as our Heavenly Advocate so that our sins may be forgiven and fellowship with the Father may be restored.Hatred is a sin and every sin we commit causes the believer's fellowship with the Father to be broken – until our sin is confessed to Him.
His father announced that John would be a prophet of the Most High and give God's people a knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sin... and throughout his ministry, John gave testimony of the Person and work of Christ.
But we who have trusted in His holy name have been forgiven of sin, made holy and blameless in His sight, and been given all we need for life and godliness - according to His riches in mercy and everlasting love.
How we praise His holy Name... for we who were once dead in our sins and shrouded in the thick blackness of sin, have been called out of darkness into His wonderful light so that we might proclaim to all with whom we come in contact, the excellences of our heavenly Father and the grace of Kinsman Redeemer - Who loved us so much that He was prepared to go to the Cross for our sake, so that our sins could be forgiven, and we could exhibit the glories of His grace, not only in this world but also in the ages to come.
When we were eternally saved by grace through faith in Christ, forgiven of our sin, declared righteous before God, positioned in Christ, indwelt by the Spirit, and made one with Him - nothing and no-one should be placed alongside Him - for there is nothing to compare with Christ's sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary for you and for me.
How blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered.
It was because his sins were forgiven BY FAITH, that David wrote in Psalm 32, How blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered.
No wonder David cried out, BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.
He did not have to carry out some penance or legalistic action to atone for his sin - his sin (past, present and future) was forgiven because of his faith in God's sacrifice for sin - Jesus Christ the righteous... and when any post-salvation sin was confessed, David was restored into fellowship with the Lord.
Jesus did not excuse this woman's adultery by finding fault with God's law, for later He challenged her to face her wrong-doing and to go and sin no more. And by His atoning death, she too was forgiven by grace through faith.
There is no sin so great that it cannot be forgiven, except the sin of unbelief.
For the one who believes in the Son has forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son does not have forgiveness, and will not see life.
And how we praise and thank Him that by grace He took our punishment upon Himself, and through faith in Christ, we are forgiven of all our sins through His atoning death.
May we never forget that we are not to become judge or jury for the sin of our fellow man, for we are all sinners, and only by God's grace have we been forgiven of our sin.
Only the saved can fellowship with the Father and enter God’s presence, for not only have our sins been forgiven, but we have been placed IN Christ and must approach the Father THROUGH the Lord Jesus, for we are accepted by Him in the Beloved.We should never take this sacred privilege lightly, for it is a gift from God and a blessing to us, for we have been endued with heavenly gifts and holy graces so we can offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God, in our service to Him, and in our ministry to others.
It is only after the sovereignty of our Heavenly Father is fully acknowledged, and we are encouraged to ask Him for the spiritual and physical needs of our everyday lives, that we come to the verse that says: And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Forgiveness in this verse has nothing to do with God's judicial forgiveness of our sins.
We are justified by God and forgiven of our sin by grace through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
Forgiveness in this verse is more akin to the forgiveness of a father for his dearly loved child when his son or daughter has done something wrong.
Although all our sins, past, present, and future are judicially forgiven at the Cross, there are times when we allow the old sin nature to influence us to sin which removes us, for a time, from fellowship with the Father until we confess our faults before Him.
And in this prayer we are taught to follow the Lord's gracious example of godly forgiveness.
Forgiveness should be freely offered to those who hurt us or offend us.
However, Jesus was not teaching here that we earn the right to God's judicial forgiveness by forgiving other people as this would be contrary to the Bible's teaching that the forgiveness of sin is an expression of God's grace and mercy because of our faith in Christ.
Rather, it is showing that in consideration of the immense forgiveness that we have received from our Heavenly Father through the forgiveness of our sins - how much more should we forgive those that harm us?
Indeed, lack of forgiveness has an impact on both our prayer life and our fellowship with the Lord.
May we, who have been forgiven of our sin by faith in Christ, be quick to forgive others their trespasses, shortcomings, and debts - in the same way that we have been so graciously forgiven by our Father in heaven so that we may maintain sweet fellowship with Him and show forth His goodness and grace in our lives.
Paul had taught them the truth of the gospel of grace, so that by faith in Jesus, they had been born again, forgiven of their sin, transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son, and received the gift of eternal life.
Despite their apostasy God continues to offer His people complete forgiveness and restoration if they will simply return to Him and renounce their wicked ways.
and likewise as Christians we have to admit our guilt, renounce our idolatry, repent and recognise that we are sinners who need a Saviour so that by faith in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection we may be cleansed of our wicked ways, forgiven of our sin, washed in His precious blood, declared righteous in the eyes of our heavenly Father - and live a life that is holy unto the Lord.
By His one act of obedience we are inputed with Christ's righteousness - and it is ours simply by faith - by believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Though some see her question on the place and purpose of worship as evading the sin-issue at hand, others see her response as a genuine, heart-enquiry of how she might be forgiven of her sins and brought back into sweet fellowship with the God of Israel, for there is salvation in no other name than Jesus - for Salvation has come through the Jews, in the person of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
The punishment that we deserve was meted out to Christ on the Cross for our sake, and we are to glory in the scars that beautify the hands and feet of our Lord Jesus, for by His stripes we are healed, and by His blood our sins are forgiven.
Most of that generation missed their Messiah and are placed under condemnation as prophesied, but the little remnant of Israel who accepted Christ's message of salvation at His First Coming, received the promised restoration; the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
The wages of sin is death, but the Son of God set aside His heavenly glory in order to clothe Himself with human flesh and take upon Himself the punishment that we deserve so that by faith in Him we might be forgiven of our sin and returned into the same privileged fellowship with the Father that man enjoyed before the fall - but to do so God had to become man.
John knows that we are fallen men and fallen women with a sinful nature who have been saved by grace, redeemed by the blood of Christ, identified with His righteousness, and forgiven of our sin through faith in Him.
Indeed, He ever lives to make intercession for us at the throne of grace by pleading our case so that sin can be forgiven and fellowship restored.
And because of our faith in Christ Jesus, God will graciously open His arms of love wide and show us the nail prints in His hands which paid the price for your sin and mine.You see, little children, our sins are all forgiven, forever, to those that believe.
There is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus, for they have received forgiveness of sin, by faith, and been declared righteous by God.
There is no further sacrifice for the forgiveness of their sin, for God's wrath was poured out on Christ Jesus, in our stead.
May we fulfil our calling and become ministers of reconciliation between God and man so that some will turn from their wicked ways and trust in the Lord for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
And it is not by self-effort, extensive training, mortification or ignoring the presence of sin in our life that we can be forgiven of our sins and have our lives redeemed from death - but by looking at God's perfect Sacrifice for sin - Jesus Christ, our sin-Substitute, Who was lifted up on the cross, so that all who would look on Him by grace through faith would live.
The Lord Jesus was not simply referring to the physical resurrection of people like Lazarus, Jairus' daughter, or the dead son of the widow of Nain, but to all who would hear and receive His message of salvation, and trust in His own redeeming blood for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Having been saved by grace through faith in Christ, obtaining eternal redemption through the one and only means of salvation (by trusting in the Cross of Christ, for the forgiveness of sins) we are warned not to become legalistic, by reverting back to the Levitical system.
But every attack on Christianity has its roots in Satan's demonic agenda which is designed to blaspheme the God of heaven and earth, to discredit His holy Word, to belittle the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross, to blind the eyes of the unsaved who are perishing, and to shipwreck the lives of those that have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
And so, Christ gave a blistering response to these blind leaders of the blind, Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Every member of humanity is born into the old creation, but only those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, are part of the new creation and become a member of the 'one new man in Christ'.
Today in this Church age, there is no Levitical system - no rituals to follow, no religious practices to perform, no compulsory feast day or other legal requirements in which to engage... all who believe God's Word and trust in His only begotten Son for the forgiveness of sins, are not only saved by God's grace and declared righteous before Him, but ALSO have become part of a new creation, where the OLD nature was crucified with Christ and we have received a NEW nature - Christ's own perfect nature - His own resurrected life.
He was the promised SEED of Abraham Who was preordained be born through Abraham, Isaac, and Israel - and through Him all the families of the earth have been blessed - and all who believe in His death, burial, and Resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, will be saved.
They have been forgiven and will receive eternal life.
They do not follow the Way and obey the Truth but rather they go their own way, they disobey the truth, and in so doing they reject God's free offer of salvation; the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
There is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus (which is accessed by faith) for God's wrath was poured out upon Him in our stead and we have been forgiven and have received the gift of eternal life by God's grace and through faith in Christ.
He blesses those who believe in Him with peace - peace with God through the forgiveness of sin and the peace of God that passes all human understanding - a peace that gives rests to our soul and stills our heart.
In this verse Peter lists a few of the dishonourable ways that cause a Christian to go through suffering and shame. Unrighteous deeds must be punished, and although the sins of every believer... past, present, and future, are forgiven at the Cross, there are serious consequences for Christians to face when we bring suffering upon ourselves, due to our own, foolish wrong-doings.
While David would no doubt be reflecting on the greatness of the God of Israel, who brought His people out of Egypt, carried them on eagles wings, through the desert, and brought them into a large and well-watered land, the sentiments that he is expressing are equally true for all who have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, is something we can equally proclaim.
God knows the end from the beginning and in His omniscience, God knows all who will one day exercise their God-given free-will and choose to believe on the only begotten Son of God for the salvation of their soul, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting.
The Father gives to the Son all who choose to place their trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
It is David who calls us to “taste and see that the Lord is good,' and we who have trusted in Christ as Saviour have truly tasted of the goodness of God in our own lives, and have seen in abundance the loving-kindness and forgiveness of our gracious heavenly Father.
It is only through Him that God's mercy, forgiveness, kindness and grace will wash away every scarlet-stain that clings to our sin-encrusted soul, when offered in brokenness of heart and true contriteness of spirit.
This verse not only refers to our initial justification, where the manifold sins of an unsaved man or woman are forgiven.
He was prepared to stand falsely accused and unjustly condemned to death, knowing that the sacrifice of His perfect sinless life was the only way that sinners who were justly condemned and deserved God's wrath could be pardoned, forgiven, and receive the remission of sins.
He received cruel stripes, humiliation, and death so that we might be forgiven of our sin by faith in Him and be redeemed from eternal separation from our Creator.
Both for the nation of Israel and for unsaved Gentiles alike, the precious truth of this passage is that it is never too late for sinners or backsliders to turn away from their sins, to return to the Lord with all their heart, and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation.
It is a beautiful demonstration that the goodness, grace, and mercy of our long-suffering God, remains open to ALL who will simply trust in His Word, remember His goodness, genuinely return to Him with heart and soul - and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
Those of us who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, are able to testify with David that we also sought the Lord for the forgiveness of sin and He graciously delivered us out of the hands of the enemy - triumphing over sin and death and redeeming our life from the pit.
Jesus did all this so that You and I might receive forgiveness of sins by believing on the Name of the only begotten Son of God – the Son Who is the radiance of God's glory and the exact expression of His nature Who is sustaining all things by His powerful WORD and Who has made purification for your sins and mine.
And although He appeared at God's appointed time as the sacrifice for the sin of the whole world, only those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are identified with Him, through the forgiveness of their sins; only they receive eternal life; only they are equipped by the Holy Spirit to live godly in this evil age.
He felt constrained to teach and preach the good news that Christ died for our sin, was buried, and rose again on the third day, so that by faith in Him, we could be forgiven of our sin and receive eternal life as a free gift of God's amazing grace.
He was instructed to teach that by faith we may receive forgiveness of sins and receive a share among those who are sanctified by faith in Him.
While humanities collective condemnation resulted from one man's sinful disobedience, God in His grace designed a glorious plan of salvation whereby one single act of obedience, carried out by the one sinless Man, would not only bring justification to those who believe in Him and the forgiveness of their sin, but so much more!
Sin and death may have come upon the whole human race through ONE act of sin which placed the whole of mankind under God's condemnation, but God in His grace provided salvation for the human race through ONE act of righteousness - Christ's death, burial, and resurrection from the dead... so that whosoever believes on His name would not be condemned and perish - but would be forgiven and receive eternal life.
Faith in Him not only provides those who believe with the forgiveness of sin, but He gives us so much more.
Indeed everyone who has been saved by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of their sins and life everlasting is part of that elect group - we are all a member of that special group that God in His omniscient foreknowledge knew.
The Bible tells us that the most high God does not dwell in houses made by human hand, for heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool, and yet the most wonderful news is that God makes His home in the heart of all who come to Christ for salvation: the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Despite the sin of the first man, God determined in His heart to redeem the human race, by sending a Second Man and imputing His righteousness on all who would believe on His name for the forgiveness of their sin.
How we praise our heavenly Father for Calvary, that our sins are forgiven; that there is no more condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus; that we have been placed in union with Christ and accepted forever in the Beloved.
The price for all the sins of the whole world collectively, which includes all the accumulated sin of every individual man and woman, was forgiven at Calvary.
OH, our sins would have been forgiven at Calvary, but without a RESURRECTED Saviour, without a LIVING Saviour, death and hell would not have been conquered and we could never have been given the new resurrected LIFE of Christ.
None are excluded from the forgiveness that flowed from the veins of the Messiah, which paid the price for all sin.
But the blood of Christ has a secondary function for all who would believe in Him, for as well as the forgiveness of sins for every man, the power of sin was simultaneously broken in the lives of all who would one day trust in the only begotten Son of God, as Saviour.
And that price was paid by Jesus Christ the sinless Son of God at Calvary - but it is only by faith in the sacrificial offering of Himself upon the cross can that heavenly forgiveness become ours - for we must be born from above..
so that whoever looks to the Lord Jesus as the sacrificial offering for their sins, will be forgiven of their sins..
Heaven was hushed, and time stood still as the only begotten Son of God as the perfect Son of Man paid the price for the sin of the world.Gracious forgiveness had been extended to whosoever would trust in His saving sacrifice and a precious promise of paradise had been given to a lost sinner.
His forgiveness was extended to us and a heavenly home is now our own precious promise of paradise.
Only through faith in Christ have we been justified, forgiven of sin, and covered in Christ's perfect righteousness.
In this verse we have a peep into a heavenly vision of unapproachable Deity, enthroned on His seat of mercy and grace, granting peace, pardon, forgiveness, and confident access to all who believe on His name.
The life-giving serpent that Moses lifted up on a pole in the wilderness... was simply a shadowy precursor of Christ being lifted up on the Cross for the forgiveness of sin... and His eternal, life-giving Resurrection.
Similarly, the Sabbath day ritual, which was guarded so jealously by the religious leaders of Israel, was simply a pale shadow of the Lord Jesus Christ Who Himself, has become the Sabbath rest for the people of God, and for all who trust in Him for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
We are identified with His death so that His death became our death, and our sin is forgiven.
Christ knew that sinful man in his fallen state cannot be accepted into the spiritual realm of a holy God unless he becomes as perfect as God and as holy as the Father in heaven is holy, which is only possible if he is forgiven of his sins, accepted in Christ, and covered with the garment of Christ's perfect righteousness.
For three long dark hours the wrath of God had been poured out in full measure on the eternal son of God so that by faith in His death, burial, and Resurrection we might be forgiven of our sin and made one with Him.
in order to cover the sins of Israel - for by the one offering of Himself has the Lord Jesus Christ perfected for all time - all those who have trusted in the blood of the Lamb for the forgiveness of sins..
The one and only Saviour of the world hung on a cruel wooden cross, with His arms of forgiveness wide open to all who would trust His name.
I wonder whether it was Christ's gracious prayer of forgiveness that prompted his requests when, with a repentant heart he cried, This man has done nothing wrong, and then turning towards the Lord and pleaded, Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.I doubt that the thieving criminal expected to hear Christ's merciful reply, Today you will be with Me in paradise, nor would he have anticipated the wonderful joy into which he would shortly enter.
It is faith in the Person, the Work, and the Word of the Saviour that secures for us the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.It was by the sin of the first Adam that paradise was lost, the way to the Tree of Life barred and guarded by mighty angels with flashing swords, and it was by the sacrifice of the second Adam that paradise was regained, and the way to the Tree of Life was once again flung wide open, to whosoever will believe.The door to paradise was unbarred and the gates of heaven were thrown wide open to this repentant sinner who hung next to our Lord, for he gained the right to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in the paradise of God, simply because he trusted on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin.
Any form of 'imprecatory' prayers should never be taken lightly, but perhaps the most appropriate way to address this issue in our own lives is to maintain a biblical balance - between praying for the forgiveness and salvation of our enemies and asking God for justice to be carried out.
God in His grace formed a plan of redemption whereby He offered to pardon every man's many transgressions and declare all who believe in His Word, (Christ, the Word made flesh), to be justified in His sight, clothed in His own righteousness, forgiven of sin, and returned into fellowship with God... a privilege which was forfeited through sin.
The first thought on the mind of our Saviour was not hatred, revenge, or self-pity, but eternal forgiveness.
He demonstrated a depth of forgiving love that passes our understanding.There was no resentment or anger, no bitterness, no feelings of hostility or damaged pride, but it encapsulated a depth of divine forgiveness that was able to lovingly embrace the crude Roman soldiers that greedily envied His bloodied garment and cast lots for his seamless cloak.It included the governor and his cowardly compromise, and it encompassed the false witnesses with their fabricated allegations and false testimony.
Never were words more pregnant with meaning or more powerfully poignant than this utterance from Israel's chief Priest.Oh yes, Christ's heart of forgiveness not only embraced all who were present and participated in this historic miscarriage of justice, but His gracious forgiveness stretched right back to the first fallen couple who disobeyed God by eating of the tree of knowledge, and reached forward into the far-distant future, for His gracious forgiveness includes you and it includes me.
His infinite forgiveness touches the lives of all who are born of woman, all who are of the seed of Adam's fallen race.But this was no tragic accident.
This did not catch God out by surprise. Forgiveness was on the heart of the Father Who planned for the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus from before time began, before space was created, before the worlds were made.
The holy Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world so that all rebellious human-kind could be offered the free gift of redemption for the forgiveness of sins, an escape from death's cruel sting, a release from the curse of the Law, and eternal salvation with life more abundant.
The love that flooded from the heart of the Father, and the blood that streamed from the body of the Saviour was a demonstration of divine forgiveness and love divine so that all who believe on His name are forever forgiven - forever.
He reminded us we are forgiven of our trespasses and sin, which is all according to the riches of His marvellous grace - a heavenly favour which has been lavished on us, with all wisdom and understanding.
May our feet be shod with the good news of peace with God - knowing that all who hear this proclamation and respond in faith to its call will be forgiven of their sins, made one with Christ, be clothed in His righteousness and receive everlasting life - by faith, which comes by hearing, and hearing through the truth that comes through Christ - the living Word of God
Unless head knowledge of His life and teaching is transferred into a heart belief in His sacrifice for sin, and His death defeating Resurrection - that knowledge is ineffective for salvation, the forgiveness of sin, and life eternal.
He alone is the incarnate Son of God - and we are saved by trusting in His redeeming blood for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
but following in the footsteps of the Master we hear Stephen's gracious prayer of forgiveness being offered up to His God and Saviour - and falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, 'Lord, do not hold this sin against them!' and having said this, Stephen fell asleep.
Not only are our sins forgiven through His blood because of substitution, but the power of sin and death over us has been severed forever by means of His Resurrection, into which we are identified with Christ. Does this not stagger the mind?
Should we not seek to walk in holiness and righteousness all our days, knowing that our sins are forgiven and we are one with Christ?
By grace, the born-again believer is not only forgiven of their sin but they are dead to sin because sin’s power and dominion in the life of every Christian was forever broken at the Cross.
At salvation, we were not only forgiven of our sin but declared to be righteous by God, because we were removed from the old creation in Adam and placed into the new creation in Christ – how important to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to Christ – to reckon on our heavenly position in Christ as fact.Paul reminds us that the moment that we trusted Christ to save us, the Spirit of God positioned us in Christ and we were placed into His Body.
In Him we already have redemption through His blood and forgiveness of sins... and by God's grace we have already received revelation from the invisible God which was kept hidden for ages and remained concealed from previous generations.
John had been sent ahead of the Lord Jesus to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, teaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins - but there were many pretenders among the crowd who came out to hear him.
No doubt many had come out into the wilderness, out of curiosity, having heard of the spectacle of this highly controversial figure proclaiming a baptism of repentance unto the forgiveness of sins.
We can never achieve sinless perfection as some like to teach, but can choose to live in the light by keeping a short rein on sin, dying to self, living for Christ, submitting to God, resisting the devil, and flying to our Heavenly Father to receive His forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Mediator.
While all our sins, past, present, and future, were forgiven the moment we trusted Christ for salvation, we need to confess any post-salvation sin to our Heavenly Father in order to be returned into fellowship with Him - for sin is the cause of broken fellowship.God is love and peace and hope and joy – and God is purest light.
But Scripture always encourages such parents to hope in the Lord, to pray for their repentance - and to look for the day when the prodigal returns to the fold - with a penitent heart and a cry for forgiveness - for it is not God's will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
There are those who knowingly or unwittingly have encouraged their children to develop, worldly ways, sinful habits and ungodly patterns of behavior - but does this verse exclude those children from God's promise of forgiveness?
A vital aspect of the Christian life is recognising that we are all sinners and acknowledging that we fall short of the glory of God - that we all need forgiveness of our sin for the salvation of our soul and union with Christ, but we also need to ask for forgiveness when we fall short in our Christian life - for if we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let us never take our salvation for granted, and let us never treat as insignificant our eternal position in Christ, our future inheritance, the forgiveness of sins, and everlasting life - for what God has said He will fulfil - not because of who we are but for the honour of His holy name and to the glory of Jesus Christ - our God and Saviour.
Forgiveness of sin and life everlasting are two of the multiple blessings that are ours - in Christ.
And yet He chose to become part of the human race, in order to take the shocking punishment for all the accumulated sins of fallen humanity so that we would not have to go through being punished for our sin - but would receive forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and become part of a new and perfect Creation - by faith in Him.
Whatever the reason that this ruler of the Jews came to see Him at night, the Lord Jesus recognised a man who was earnestly seeking the truth, and so begins the most wonderful passage that outlines to whosoever will, how to be saved - how to be born again - how to be born of the Spirit - how to become a Christian - how to see the kingdom of heaven - how to have their sins forgiven - how to gain eternal life:
Although every sinful, careless, or lying word we have ever uttered, or will utter in the future, has been covered by the blood of Christ and forgiven, nevertheless we have a responsibility to speak only those things that glorify our Saviour and honour His name.
Peter was so acutely ashamed of his cowardly denial of the Lord in the chilly shadows of the high priest's courtyard, that he did not see the forgiveness in Christ's eyes when the Lord turned and looked upon him after the cock had crowed twice.
To those who are lost and perishing - to those who have not trusted in the shed blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and God's free gift of eternal life- the message of the cross is insane madness; stupid silliness and illogical idiocy .
The shed blood of Christ as the redemptive price for the forgiveness of sin and His glorious resurrection from the dead - with its promise of eternal life and our blessed hope in Christ's soon return, is our glorious hope; our sufficient strength..
When it is used to show an unsaved man or woman that they are sinners in need of God’s forgiveness, it fulfils its purpose, but when it is manipulated by false teachers to cause believers who have already been justified by grace through faith in Christ, to turn aside to vain discourses, useless discussions, frivolous arguments, and ungodly philosophies – it is very dangerous and very wrong.
It is also Jesus to Whom the indwelling Spirit of God directs our gaze, and it is Jesus Who demands our worship and praise, our adoration and grateful thanks – for just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so that all who looked upon that bronze serpent would live, so Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour, was lifted up on the Cross of Calvary so that all who look to Him would be saved by grace through faith and have forgiveness of sins and everlasting life.In this passage, we are exhorted to look away from all things that hinder or halt our spiritual growth and to turn our gaze trustingly, intently, and purposefully toward the lovely Lord Jesus.
We are reminded in many places in Scripture, that we are no longer under the curse of the Mosaic Law which is the tool our Creator established to expose our sin and bring us to the Cross for forgiveness.
Being baptised with the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ is perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Bible, but perhaps 1 Corinthians 12:13 offers the clearest description of this once-for-all, supernatural event, that takes place in the life of every Christian, the moment they place their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, For in the power of one Spirit, we have all been baptised into one Body - we have been placed INTO Christ's body - we have become a Member of Christ's Body, which is the Church - whether Jews or Greeks, whether bondmen or free, and have all been given to drink of one Spirit.
Every act and action, every temptation and trial, every pain, and every prayer, was preparing Him for this ultimate hour, without which the sins of the world could never have been forgiven and salvation could never have been procured.
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and was smitten of God for our sakes – so that by grace through faith in His selfless, sacrificial work on Calvary’s Cross, we might be forgiven of our sin, brought back into fellowship with God, clothed in Christ's perfect righteousness, receive access to the throne of grace, and be endowed with the riches of God’s abundant blessings towards us – in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Magnification of the Lord and the jubilant exaltation of His holy name, should be a dear desire in the heart of all who have been forgiven of their sins by faith in Christ and have received eternal life by the goodness and grace of Almighty God.
and be saved by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ - but that open door into full forgiveness of sin and life everlasting is soon to be closed and the floodgates of God's wrath are soon to be poured out on a God-hating, Christ-rejecting, sinful world in a coming time of terrible judgement - as foretold by the prophets of old.
They will either be judged as forgiven saints or unredeemed sinners for all are either positioned 'in Christ' or positioned 'in Adam' - all are either clothed in Christ's righteousness or clothed in their own unrighteous acts.
and it is by faith in His finished work on Calvary's cross, that Salvation:- the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, becomes our eternal possession.
John records that the blind receive their sight; the lame walk; lepers are cleansed; the deaf hear - the dead are raised up and the poor have good news preached to them - and John makes it very clear that He wrote his gospel as a witness to the world: that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in His name, the lost may be saved; sin may be forgiven and eternal life may become the everlasting possession (through time and into eternity) of all who believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And so Christ gave a blistering response to these blind leaders of the blind: Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come - either in the dispensation of Law or the dispensation of the Church.
But how often is this scenario repeated in this day and age, when sin-sick sinners hear the simple truth of the gospel but are too proud to humble themselves before the mighty hand of God - and cry out to Him for forgiveness and cleansing?
We are forgiven of our sin, declared righteous before God, and are given an eternal inheritance that is kept for us in heaven - and these are just a few of many biblical blessings that are ours, by grace through faith in Christ.
We have been forgiven of all our sins, past, present, and future (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14), which will be remembered no more (Heb. 8:12; 10:17) and we are being made fit for heaven (Col. 1:12).
Praise to our thrice holy God should be the ongoing song of rejoicing of all the elect, for we have not only been forgiven of our sin and saved from the shocking consequences of sin, but we have been accepted by the Father in the Beloved and seated with Him in heavenly places.
Being baptised into the body of Christ, sealed by the Spirit of God, and having Him take up permanent residence in our mortal body, are some of the wonderful ministries that take place the moment a sinner believes in Christ and trusts the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation.
OH, we are POSITIONALLY forgiven!
We are permanently forgiven at salvation and clothed in Christ's eternal righteousness, which gives us eternal peace with God.
forgiven of our sin, loved by the Lord, accepted in the Beloved, heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Lord Jesus..
But although we are called to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness and long-suffering, where gracious consideration and genuine forgiveness of others are identified as vital qualities of the believer - it is love ruling the heart and peace protecting the soul that is given the main emphasis here. But above ALL, put on love which binds these things together the unity of the Spirit - and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Because Christ died we are forgiven, and because He lives, we too will live... and therefore need not fear the second death.
May we be those that not only trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, but continue to trust him throughout our Christian life and love Him with a holy love... prepared and willing to take up our cross and follow Him in spirit and in truth - no matter what difficulties and dangers we may face.
But God in His long-suffering, loving-kindness and great mercy has extended the period of His gracious forgiveness to include you and to include me - and to include all who will turn from their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation..
It was this same apostle who felt the tender touch of Christ's gracious hand of forgiveness upon him, when He said to His distraught disciple, Feed my lambs, on that memorable day before His Ascension into the heaven of heavens, where He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
As guilty members of the old creation we were under God's condemnation, but by faith in Christ's redeeming work, we are part of a new creation, which has been set free from the requirements of the Law and have been declared forgiven saints.
But for the one that has trusted Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who has been covered in His own righteousness, the promises are overwhelmingly wonderful - for He will glorify the Lord Jesus in a way that the world cannot understand and He will take the things that the Father has entrusted to Christ - and disclose them to us!
Were it not for the cross, we could never have been forgiven of our sins and delivered from our offenses against God, but were it not for the resurrection we would have no proof of Christ's claims to be our Saviour.
They came to understand that the Messiah had to suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day, if the plan of salvation, which God ordained in eternity past, was to accomplish its great work of man's reconciliation to God, the redemption of human-kind, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, for all who would believe on His name.
Salvation of the soul through the forgiveness of sin had to precede Christ's kingdom rule of peace and prosperity.
He starts to catalogue the tender mercies of our God and the amazing gospel truths that have impacted the lives of so many who have trusted in the death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
The beautiful result of the man or women who has received God's perfect forgiveness is redemption, healing, comfort, provision, satisfaction and goodness.
But there is coming a day of vengeance, when all evil-doers who have not sought Christ for the forgiveness of sins, through the cleansing power of His blood, will have to stand before the judgement seat of God... to give an account of their wickedness.
May we never forget that our salvation has nothing to do with ourselves It is not our works, our kind acts, or generous giving that has saved us, forgiven us, and redeemed us from sin, Satan, death, and hell.
Well, there is a world of lost people out there... Jews and Gentiles alike, who will have to face the great and terrible Day of the Lord, if they do not turn from their sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sin - through His sacrificial death.
that the one who confesses their sinfulness with a penitent heart of true repentance will be forgiven - but this truth must not be divorced from the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ - the Anointed Messiah and promised Saviour, Whose sacrificial death paid the price for our sins and Whose glorious resurrection transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son - making us a new creation in Christ, clothing us in His own righteousness and sending His Holy Spirit to permanently indwell our heart.
but by faith in Christ Jesus our Saviour, our sins were forgiven, all our sins - all our past, present and future sins - and we were cleansed from all unrighteousness.
Although our post-salvation sins were forgiven forever at the cross of Christ, fellowship with the Father is broken when we allow the old sin nature to direct our lives, which means that the communion we once enjoyed with Him, is broken.
And Christ endured the Cross, the pain, the humiliation and the devastating separation from the Father and the Spirit, in obedience to God's perfect will – for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that you and I might be forgiven and live in eternal union and communion with Him, forever.
True, biblical repentance is towards God, and means to change one's mind about Jesus Who was sent by the Father to be the propitiation for our sin. 'Repentance to God' is turning away from sin TO Christ. 'Repentance' is ineffective unless one turns, in faith, to the Lord Christ for forgiveness.
David asked for forgiveness - not because he merited it but based on God's gracious character.
David had strayed far from the Lord because of his sin and knew that only God's forgiveness could cleanse his blackened heart, Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and from my sin make me clean, he pleaded.
Sinners need forgiveness of sin, which can only come from God.
We all fall short of God's perfect righteousness and we all need forgiveness of sin.
God knows that when we start to come to terms with the unfathomable mercy that He has shown to us - in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us so that by faith in Him we might be forgiven of our sins and receive eternal life - that His perfect life will be formed within and we will be enabled to diffuse mercy to others because of the mercy that our Heavenly Father has so graciously bestowed on each one of us.
Let us run to win so that we may lay up for ourselves good treasure in our heavenly home, for although our sin is forgiven and eternal life is our present possession, we will be judged for what we did in our lives - whether for good or ill.
As fellow-believers who have trusted in the finished work of Christ on the Cross, we are all partakers of God's heavenly grace, for we who were once dead in our trespasses and sins and estranged from God by sin, have been forgiven of our sins and brought near to His throne of grace, through faith in Christ Jesus our Saviour.
It is only by means of the death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ that this very specific, Abrahamic promise (that all families of the earth will be blessed) could come to pass - for God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, the promised Seed of Abraham, to die for the sin of the whole world so that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but be blessed with the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
We may not have experienced the type of vision Paul had on the road to Emmaus and we may not be a pastor-teacher like Timothy, but we all have received the same great salvation - the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, and we all have work to do in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our promised positions in Christ's coming Kingdom and the many precious pledges that God has made to all who believe in His only begotten Son for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, are equally certain, totally true, and unquestionably unbreakable - for God cannot lie.
The healing of their friend's twisted, disabled body was what they expected - and their expectation was rewarded, for we read that when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.
The sick man may have hoped to have his body healed - but he would never have expected to hear Christ's staggering pardon, your sins are forgiven!
God in His mercy stooped down to humanity so that the sacrificial death of the sinless Lord Jesus would pay the penalty for our sin through faith in Him... so that sinful man might be declared righteous, forgiven of our sin forever, and eternally clothed in the glorious righteousness of Christ.
He was slaughtered on a cursed tree... and yet His final words pleaded, Father forgive, and all that fallen man has to do to receive His forgiveness is to say, I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - I believe that He died for ME.
And it is only by faith in Him we can be forgiven of our sin and receive His gift of eternal LIFE.
Our sins would be forgiven, but without the Resurrection of Christ to life eternal - death would have gained its prey.
Christ is therefore the 'Firstfruits from the Dead' and we who have trusted Him for the forgiveness of sins have received His free gift of eternal life-in Christ... and the promise of our resurrection to life.
The name of the Lord encompasses all the wonderful, eternal, glorious, infinite and amazing aspects of our Creator God, Who loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to be the substitute for the sin of the whole world, and to die in our place - so that we could be forgiven of our sins and be showered with all the wonderful and eternal gifts that God in His grace has bestowed on all who believe on the name of Jesus.
Let us in everything, by prayer and supplication, with humble thanksgiving of heart, praise our heavenly Father Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ... in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, according to the riches of His grace.
John stood before the eternal God, Who had become the glorified Man... through Whose blood we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting... according to the riches of His grace, that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
And so it was not his question on inheritance that immediately grabbed Christ's attention... for forgiveness of sins, eternal life and a heavenly inheritance is God's free gift to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their perfect Kinsman-Redeemer and substitute for sin.
There are none that are good and not one can brag that their kindly deeds; financial contribution; pious prayers; saintly religiosity or ecclesiastical duties contributed towards their forgiveness of sin and everlasting life.
God not only purposed to pay the price for the sin of mankind so that our sin could be forgiven, but He chose to reestablish our fellowship with Himself and adopt us as His own children.
Jesus lived a sinless life so that all who believe in Him might be forgiven of their sins and clothed in His righteousness - but it is only as we die to self; live to Christ and walk in spirit and truth - in the power of the Holy Ghost, that our life can be holy unto the Lord.
One that He mentions, is of the man or woman dead in their trespasses and sins who comes to Christ for the forgiveness of sins - and by grace through faith in Him are raised into newness of life and receive the free gift of life everlasting.
We have passed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son, for we have received the forgiveness of sins and newness of eternal life in Christ Jesus, our God and our Saviour - and nothing can pluck us out of His hand, and no one can pluck us out of His Father's hands, for ever and ever, AMEN.
by becoming the sinless sacrifice - so that all who believe on His name might be forgiven of their sins.
But forgiveness of sin was only one aspect of this eternal plan of Salvation.
Not only would all who believe in Christ be:- 1) identified with the death of Christ for the forgiveness of sins - but they would also be: 2) identified with His resurrected life and become part of a new Creation..
All who believe on His sacrificial work for the forgiveness of sins would be made a new Creature with a new Christlike Nature and have a new Beginning and a glorious inheritance in Christ.
By God's grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God we are born-again for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
It is as we reach chapter 33, that we find the people repenting of their unbelief and Moses on his face before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting, pleading for forgiveness and praying that the Lord would still accompany them and that His Presence would continue to go with them.
Just like Noah before him, Moses also found grace in the eyes of the Lord - and that same grace is extended to ALL who will believe in His Word and trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting - for, LO, I am with you even to the end of the age.
Jews that were steeped in the Mosaic Law were prepared to add elements of Christianity to their Judaism by believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, but they were not prepared to live by faith alone - preferring to revert back to the Law as they lived out their daily lives through works of the flesh.
Yes, Paul was commissioned to call men and women from every tribe and nation to faith, and to deliver to them the good news of the glorious gospel of grace so that by repentance and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, they might be saved by grace through faith in Him, and receive life everlasting.
The gospel is so simple and yet so few are prepared to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God and believe on the only begotten Son of His love, for the forgiveness of sin.
This good news is given to us through the pen of the apostle Paul, in order to produce in us the obedience that God requires from those who have been forgiven by grace through faith in Him.
Indeed, God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to come to earth to suffer and die, in order to pay the enormous price for our sin - so that we might be forgiven of our sin and receive eternal life.
Participating in Holy Communion is a sombre, yet joyful celebration of Christ's gracious sacrifice on the Cross where the New Covenant, which God promised to the nation of Israel, was cut - a covenant that was cut through the precious blood of God's only begotten Son such that all who believe on His name are made children of God, forgiven of our sins, and positioned in Christ.
He pleaded with the Lord for forgiveness and mercy, and his grief over Jerusalem was reflected in his service to Artaxerxes, the king who questioned him by asking, Why is your face sad Nehemiah, even though you are not sick?
Nehemiah was in fellowship with the Father, for his sins were forgiven and confessed up to date, and so he was well able to come to the throne of grace for mercy to find help at this time of need.
Sin would be dealt with through the death and Resurrection of this perfect, Kinsman-Redeemer - the incarnate God, and faith in HIM would be the means to have sins forgiven, be proclaimed righteous, and receive God's great salvation.
Paul was called and chosen to be used by God so that countless millions might receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified and positionally set apart for God - by grace through faith in the redeeming work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul is showing that all have sinned, Jew and Gentile alike, but that God loved the world so much, that He gave His only begotten Son into the world to pay the price for the accumulated sin of the entire race so that whosoever believes on Him, whether Jew or Gentile, would NOT perish but be reconciled to God through the shed blood of His dearly beloved Son... and that through faith in Him, they may be forgiven of their sin and receive life everlasting.
We do not deserve forgiveness or eternal life., and yet by His grace - through faith - we have been eternally saved and fully forgiven.
Before the cross a gentile who believed in God had to seek His forgiveness by becoming a Jewish proselyte and carefully following all the Jewish rites and customs, feasts and ordinances.
as in the time of Paul there were an increasing number of legalistic Jews who continued to argue that Gentiles were outside of God's grace and could not receive His forgiveness without becoming a proselyte..
God's free gift of salvation was not only for the Jews but reaches out to whosoever will believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God - whether they are Jew or Gentile - for all have equal access to His goodness and grace and all receive His forgiveness and life everlasting - by faith in Jesus Christ the righteousness.
Purity of heart, love for one another, and doctrinal truth that stems from the Word of God alone... which was the hallmark of the early Christian Church, has deteriorated into Christian mud-slinging and hostility against brothers in Christ... OR has resulted in a watering down of the gospel of grace to accommodate any slight variation from the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ - Who alone bore the sin of the world on His shoulder so that by faith in HIM we might be forgiven of our sin and receive everlasting life.
And here in this passage it is Paul's Jewish 'brethren' that are hearing: Through Christ, the forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to them.
Finally, Paul dropped the climatic bombshell: Let it be known to you, brethren, that through Jesus, the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Paul was explaining to his unsaved Jewish 'brethren' that Jesus was great David's greater Son, after the flesh.
He was the one about Whom David prophesied, for He died, and rose again for the forgiveness of their sins, and for ALL who would believe on His name.
This is the gospel that must be preached to unsaved Jew and Gentile alike, that through faith in the Man, Christ Jesus is received the forgiveness of sin.
All Who have trusted in Christ are already forgiven of our sin and have received the gift of eternal life - and by His grace the Church will accompany our God and Saviour on that incredible day - when Israel recognises Jesus as their Messiah - when they see the nail-print on His hands and the sword-wound on His body and ask Him, What are these wounds between your arms?
There are those that are saved, by grace through faith in Christ, and there are those that remain dead in their sins and are facing a lost eternity... unless they trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Men of Israel at the time of Christ who believed the voice of John the Baptist and trusted in Jesus as their Lord, have already received the many benefits of trusting in their prophesied Messiah, for their sins are forgiven, eternal life is their portion, and each one is being conformed, day by day, in the beautiful image and likeness of the Saviour, in Whom they placed their trust.
In Him we have an everlasting reality with a better sacrifice, for Christ Jesus presented His shed blood on the sacrificial Alter in the true Sanctuary above so that by faith in Him we are forgiven of our sins, and made one with Christ.
God loved us so dearly that He purposed to send His only begotten Son - the eternal Son of the most high God, to come to earth, be born into the human race, and live a sinless life, so that He would be qualified to give His life as the ransom price for the sin of the world - to offer up His sinless soul and shed His sinless blood as the full and final payment for the sin of the whole world - so that WHOSOEVER believes in Him would not perish but have ALL their sin forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.
What a thrill it must have been as Philip opened the prophetic Scriptures to this God-fearing man, and revealed to him that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Son of God - in Whom is the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
for it is only in Christ that this perfection can be attained - it is only through the blood of the Lamb, that we can be forgiven of our numberless sins and be clothed in Christ's righteousness - and live godly in Him.
As lost sinners who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ and forgiven of our sin, we are now saints of God and children of the light.
However, this is not a passage that teaches that immorality can't be forgiven... for if that were the case, no man could ever be saved... for all have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory, virtue, and perfection of God.
Suffering is part of our passage through life, but when we willingly suffer for Christ (Who Himself suffered so that we might be forgiven of our sins and freed from the pain of eternal death to the joys of eternal life), it can become an opportunity for rejoicing, an opportunity to glorify His name.
While John's gospel was written so that lost sinners might believe in the saving blood of Christ, be forgiven of their trespasses, be redeemed from the slave-market of sin, and have life in His name, the purpose of his first epistle is to enable born-again saints to enter into the fullness of the eternal life we received at salvation.
Only those who are saved by grace through faith in Christ, are forgiven of all their sin and declared righteous in the sight of God.
How we praise our heavenly Father that at the moment of our salvation, past, present, and future sins are forgiven forever, and will be remembered no more.
However, the forgiveness of our sin at salvation does not make us sinless beings, nor do we stop sinning.
Our sins were forgiven because of HIS shed blood at Calvary.
He wrote his gospel so that we may know and believe that Jesus, the Son of Mary, and Carpenter of Nazareth, is the eternal Son of the Almighty, and that by believing in HIM for the forgiveness of sin, we have life through His name.
But Paul reminds us at the start of chapter 2, of what we once were before we were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, forgiven of our sins, born from above, baptised into the Body of Christ, and made children of God through our position in Christ, as a result of His finished work at Calvary.
Both are a picture of our great redemption in Christ through the forgiveness of sin and our life everlasting, and we are further reminded that we are covered in Christ's own righteousness and have found rest from our labour in Him.
The Lord knew that the only way for sinful man to be declared righteous and have their sins forgiven was if a 'Kinsman-Redeemer' was willing to spill his own, innocent blood to pay the price for man's sin.
God has kept the oath which He swore to Abraham our father - that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all our days.... The Messiah has come to give to His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God - and to guide our feet into the way of peace!
His life was spent doing good as he demonstrated the way all men were created to live... so that by His death and Resurrection, He would break the power of sin and remove the curse of the Law - in the lives of ALL who would trust in His name for the forgiveness of sin and the salvation of their souls.
And so, as Peter drew his final letter to a close, he entreated Christians everywhere to recall the teachings of Paul and to consider any apparent delay in the Lord's return as a demonstration of God's grace, whereby sinners are being given time and opportunity to turn from their sin and trust in Christ for forgiveness.
When instructing Gentiles of the gospel, he would often begin by pointing to the God of Creation, the sinfulness of man, the need for forgiveness, and God's plan of redemption through the death, burial, and Resurrection of His only begotten Son.
May we remember that the same Son of God, who warmed the hearts of His disciples and drew them into His loving arms for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, is the same Son of God Whose purifying presence hardens rebellious hearts in an oven of pride, jealousy, and unbelief.
The more men recognised their sin, the more they realised their desperate need of forgiveness - of salvation - of reconciliation with their Creator God.
Once we start to recognise that we are sinners, we start to understand the amazing love of God, the forgiveness of sins, and His over-abounding grace which is ours by faith in the sacrificial death and glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Once sin is exposed in our life - the more precious the grace of God and the forgiveness we receive by faith becomes.
Grace upon more grace is poured out upon all who by faith in Christ's sacrificial work on Calvary - as we are not only forgiven of our sins - but declared righteous before a holy God.
It is on the basis of Christ's finished work on the Cross that mankind has been redeemed so that all who believe on His name are forgiven, justified, sanctified, and glorified IN Christ our federal Head, and made one with Him.
And in this verse we read the following important instructions, Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference against another or some grievous complaint, we are to readily pardon each other; just as the Lord has freely forgiven us.
Our forbearance and forgiveness towards one another should reflect God's gracious forbearance and generous forgiveness towards us - in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
God's forbearance and forgiveness is full, free, and forever, and we should follow the pattern Christ set when He graciously forgave us.
But the greatest of all incentives towards godly forgiveness of others is rooted in the truth that God forgave us freely and forever.
Let us never forget that He is the immortal, invisible God Who has set eternity in the hearts of all His people and that by faith in His only begotten Son we have the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Jesus' death was only six months away and His pleading cry was for all to believe on Him, for in so doing, their thirsty souls would be satisfied eternally through this gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, welling up within unto eternal life, and they would be used of God to draw others into His arms of forgiveness.
God ordained that the one and only way that a race of sinful creatures who were made in the image and likeness of God could be forgiven of their sin, would be through the shed blood of a perfect Kinsman-Redeemer - but none were good enough - not even one.
And so, God sent His dearly loved Son into the world to be the propitiation for our sins so that all who believe on Him would be forgiven of their sin, justified in the sight of God, and declared righteous before Him - by faith.
The wonderful truth is that we are forgiven of our sins, according to the riches of His grace - which has been lavished on us in all wisdom and understanding. He told us that we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to God's eternal purpose and will, and related glorious truths and that we were sealed in Christ with the Holy Spirit of promise, Who has been given to us as a pledge and guarantee of our eternal inheritance.
Peter was not only forgiven of all his sins, but re-commissioned by the risen Lord Jesus Christ to be His chief apostle who would feed His sheep, shepherd His lambs, and unlock the kingdom of heaven to Jew and Gentile alike, as he shared the wonderful gospel of grace.
By God's sufficient grace, Stephen pleaded for the forgiveness of his murderers, Lord, do not hold this sin against them. It appears likely that Stephen's murder completed mankind's rejection of the Triune Godhead - rejection of the Father, rejection of the Son, and now... rejection of the Holy Spirit in Stephen's testimony... and yet in His grace, the Holy Spirit of God continues to convict fallen man of sin, righteousness, and judgement - such that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
However, Stephen's bold proclamation of the glorious gospel message, together with his gracious words of forgiveness and the releasing of his spirit into the loving arms of Christ Jesus our Lord, is an inspiration to men and women of all ages who may have to face severe persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Before we were saved, we were estranged from God BUT when we were saved by grace through faith in Christ, our sin was forgiven and we came into a living union with Him - a spiritual union which joins all believers to Christ our Saviour Who is the Head of the Body.
He was pierced through for our transgressions and He was crushed under the enormous weight of the accumulated sin of the whole world, and by grace through faith in Him we are healed; we are forgiven; we are saved; we are redeemed and we are freed from bondage to Satan, the curse of the Law and the enormous and eternal consequences of our sin.
When we look at the Cross, we often only think of the forgiveness of sins that is provided – and had forgiveness of sins been the only gift of grace that we received, it would certainly cause eternal rejoicing.
It is as we are enlightened to the truth of the gospel, that we begin to understand the tremendous price that Christ paid on the Cross for us - for it is only by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, that we are forgiven of our trespasses and sin - it is only by His spilt blood that we are cleansed from all sin.
When we were brought into God's light at salvation, it was not just the forgiveness of our former sins that were dealt with at the Cross.
The Lord Jesus Christ, is our dazzling and eternal day-star and He is the light of life, in Whom we have received forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. The glorious love of God has been poured into the very person of Christ, for He is the exact representation of the invisible God, Who not only reflects the beauties of the Lord, but is Himself the Source of all light, the Fountain of all life and the bottomless Reservoir of all love.
While we know that ALL sins, including adultery and fornication, are forgiven through Christ - how vital that we take this warning to heart and seek to live holy lives in thought, word, and deed, for His name's sake.
They were about to face the most traumatic few hours in the history of the universe, when the Son of God and Son of Man willingly spread wide His arms of love to embrace whosoever will with His everlasting forgiveness, and crown all who would believe on His name with His gift of life eternal - His own, righteous Life in exchange for our sad, sinful lives.
Our God of grace is willing to extend His arms of love and forgiveness to all Who will trust in Jesus, for He is not willing that any should be condemned but that all come to a saving knowledge of the Lord.
There is joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, but Jonah complained because God extended His grace to people he considered were unworthy to receive God's forgiveness.
Freedom from righteousness is futile and fruitless, but it is the eternal state in which the unsaved sinner will find himself, through time and into eternity, unless he turns from his sin to Christ, and trusts in His redeeming work on the Cross - for the forgiveness of his sins and life everlasting.
It is the truth of God and the way to God and is unambiguously linked to faith in Christ's death, burial and Resurrection as the only acceptable sacrifice for the forgiveness for sins and life everlasting.
His precious blood not only covered the scarlet sins and shocking shame that separated us for ever from a holy and righteous God, but His very Life became the propitiation for our sins - so that in Christ our sins are forgiven forever, and have been removed as far as the east is from the west - and Christ's sacrifice of Himself on the cross - is sufficient.
He petitioned his friend to receive the fugitive back, with love and forgiveness, and to regard him as a fellow member of the body of Christ, who was clothed in Christ's righteousness.
Just as Onesimus was a fugitive under Philemon's justified condemnation, there was a time when we were slaves to sin and under God's righteous condemnation, but by God's grace through faith, we were forgiven of our wrongdoing and our sin is remembered no more.
The secrets of the Lord are beyond our human comprehension, for they relate to the New and Better Covenant, where forgiveness of sin and life everlasting are two of the many hidden secrets the Lord has already made known to ALL who fear Him.
Paul describes this counter-measure as, heaping burning coals on his head. The outcome of combatting evil acts and wickedness with goodness, can often cause those that oppose us to burn with shame, and can even result in bringing them to repentance and ultimate forgiveness.
It is God's desire that all come to repentance and trust in Him for the forgiveness of sin and if we honour His will, by reacting to acts of evil with deeds of kindness, maybe it will help to bring a sinner to repentance and give glory to God.
God's goodness and grace, His kindness, His forgiveness, and His long-suffering mercy, was available to you and me when we were sinners, and we should respond with the same kindness, forgiveness, long-suffering mercy, and godly grace.
Our sin nature and the sins we commit have to be punished and Jesus took the full and final punishment that we deserve - but it is only and exclusively and unalterably by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus that we can be fully and forever forgiven of our sins and placed in eternal union with Christ - by which we are brought back into a right relationship with our heavenly Father.
However, these two emboldened believers had already been born again of the Spirit and received forgiveness of their sin from the true Passover Lamb - the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.
Both pre-Cross and post-Resurrection sinners have to reach the point where they confess their need of God - confess that they are a sinner in need of salvation - for only those who believe on His name for forgiveness through Christ, are credited with His righteousness.
What an astonishing privilege we find within the pages of Scripture – for the Spirit of God determined our fallen and eternally condemned status in the world, but in His goodness and grace, outlined all we need to receive His promised blessing of salvation, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.Scripture is a supernatural document that has been delivered to us all through the pens of the apostles, the prophets, and the life of the Lord Jesus, which explains that we are all prisoners of sin and under the authority of Satan... with death, hell, and eternal separation from our God, as the bitter fruit of our fallen nature.
The Lord offers cleansing and forgiveness for the unsaved sinner, who in recognising their need of salvation, trusts that Christ is the acceptable sacrifice for their sin - including the sin of abortion.
There is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus, for He even gives forgiveness and healing to those who commit this sin, both in their pre-salvation and post-salvation life - for if we, who have been justified by faith, confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness - including this one.
These words of Isaiah were indeed good tidings of great joy to the little, faithful remnant of Israel, but they are words of great comfort and succour to all who are weary and heavy-laden, both Jew and Gentile alike, for He sent Jesus to be the good Shepherd of the sheep, the Door of the sheepfold, the Way, the Truth, the Life, and the Light to all who would trust in His name for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
As she heard His gracious pronouncement of forgiveness upon her that day, little did she realise that soon He would be despised, rejected of men and led as a lamb to the slaughter, in order to die on the cross to pay the price for her sin..
Praise God that we have been released from the law of sin and death, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the new way and better way. Praise God that we are not called to serve in the old letter of the law but in spirit and in truth. Praise God that the Spirit's law of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and of death. Praise God that in Christ our trespasses have been forgiven and that He will remember our sins no more.
God has done mighty works in the life of all believers, for all who have been saved by grace through faith in Him have been forgiven of sin and received everlasting life as a free gift of God's amazing grace.
Jesus came to give them rest from their labour, spiritual nourishment for their soul, forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
He had been sent from the Father to set up His kingdom of righteousness - not a worldly kingdom but the kingdom of heaven, but FIRST His people had to repent of their sin and believe on the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sin.
The good news this angelic choir delivered was for ALL humanity, for God loved the whole world so much that His gave His only begotten Son into the world, to be the sacrifice for the sin of the world - so that everyone in the world who would believe on Him would not remain at enmity with God, but would be forgiven of their sin, regain fellowship with the Father and receive life everlasting.
Although the gospel message that these angels shared continues to be available to ALL men, only those that enjoy goodwill before the Lord, by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, and trusting in the name of the only begotten Son of God for the forgiveness of sins, will enjoy the peace on earth that this heavenly choir proclaimed.
We are urged to live a life that is becoming of one that has been saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, and upon whom our Father in heaven has lavished so much grace and favour, forgiveness, mercy, and love.
And because we have trusted Him as Saviour, we have been forgiven of our sins, sealed by the Holy Spirit, imputed with His righteousness, in-dwelt by the Spirit of Christ, showered with the riches of His grace, seated with Him in heavenly places, adopted as sons of God, and made joint-heirs of Christ's rich inheritance: And you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
Forgiveness is a matter that is dear to the heart of our compassionate God – and forgiveness paid a tremendous part in the redemption of mankind.
Forgiveness of sin is what fallen man yearns for and yet is incapable of receiving, unless he comes to the foot of the Cross and is washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, for there is no forgiveness of sins except through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Forgiveness was also a theme that was close to the heart of our kind and gracious Lord Jesus, and much of His teaching and training surrounds the principle of forgiveness – gracious, beautiful, unconditional forgiveness.
Forgiveness was one of the final thoughts on the heart of our Messiah as He hung on the Cross and uttered those universe-shattering words: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Forgiveness should be a subject to which we should also play close attention, for forgiveness is one of the godly garments with which we have been covered and clothed, and our call to kindness, compassion, and forgiveness rests on the immeasurable forgiveness and mercy that each of us have received in Christ Jesus.
Why is the act of forgiveness so difficult for some people?
Why does it seem easier to let the root of bitterness grow in our heart, rather than humbling ourselves, asking for forgiveness, and forgiving another who has hurt or wronged us?
It seems to be the case that those who are not able to forgive have never come to an understanding how much they have been forgiven – for the more understanding we have of the grace that we have received the deeper our gratitude and the greater our capacity to forgive other people.
Firstly: All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. It is only after these negative emotions have been dealt with, at the foot of the Cross, that we can continue with Paul's next exhortation: Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you.
Let us be those who are quick to forgive, quick to ask for forgiveness, and in so doing glorify our dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Having detailed our unity in the Spirit, our union with Christ, and the unsearchable riches of God that have been freely bestowed on us by grace, Paul contrasts the corrupt lives of unregenerate man with the normal Christian walk, which should exhibit the tenderness, forgiveness, and grace that we see in the character of God and the life of Christ.
We are being called here to live as sons and daughters of God, whereby our lives reflect the kindness, tenderness, and forgiveness of the Father in the same way that God in Christ has forgiven us.
We have been freely forgiven and have received the unsearchable riches of God's grace.
As members of Christ’s Mystical Body, should we not joyfully identify with Christ’s earthly suffering – knowing that He lived and died so that we might be identified with His heavenly glory and live eternally?Yes, we should rejoice - exceedingly, that we as members of His Body and partakers of His sufferings – for it is by faith in His sacrificial death and glorious Resurrection that we have not only been forgiven of our sin and clothed in His righteousness, but we are His blood-bought children, who have a blessed hope, a glorious future, and life everlasting - amen.
Soon the Lord of glory would be returning to His place, at the right hand of the Father, and these unbelieving men, would miss the opportunity to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of their sins.
Without the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no forgiveness of sin and without trusting in His death, burial, and resurrection to save... we remain dead in our sin and without hope in the world.
Only the God-Man could die for us and be resurrected to life - so that in HIM we might be forgiven, through his blood, and receive His life.
God purposed that fallen man could be forgiven of all his sins, redeemed from his eternal punishment, and even be adopted into His own family as His sons - if the price of man's accumulated sin was paid for by an innocent, sinless, perfect man.
The Corinthian Christians had become sceptical of this teaching, causing Paul to detail the whole counsel of God in this area, together with the good news of the gospel of grace, which promises eternal life to all who believe on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
God GAVE His Son so that all men and women of faith, past, present, and future, could be forgiven of their sins and receive eternal life - and God SENT his Son into the world at the appointed time: In the fullness of time, so that He could save us from our sins.
Yes, God sent forth His Son at the right time and He was born of a woman and born under the Law so that we might receive forgiveness of sins, come into full son-ship with the Father, and receive His promised inheritance and the riches of His grace.
In his defence, Paul was relating his life-changing event on the Damascus road which caused Him to renounce his Jewish faith and place his trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
Praise God that we are saved by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ at Calvary and receive forgiveness of sins and life everlasting as a free, unmerited gift of God's goodness and grace.
May we come to a fuller understanding that forgiveness of sins is dealt with by the blood of Christ, but that our old sinful self is dealt with by the cross - as we die to self daily and life for Him. For although the shed blood of Christ procures our pardon from sin - it is the cross that procures our deliverance from the power of sin in our lives. May we learn to die to self daily..
We read in Luke, all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips, ... and can we ever forget the wonderful words of forgiveness Christ uttered on the Cross?
Under the old covenant, almost everything and every person had to be purified by blood, however under the new covenant, something greater than purification took place: forgiveness of sins for humanity: For without the shedding of blood (the blood of the sinless Son of God) there is no forgiveness of sins.
All we have to do is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, and by His grace we have become ministers of the new and better covenant.
He also died unto sin: so that sin would no longer have power over us, for all our transgressions (past, present, and future), were nailed to the Cross of Christ forever, and we are forgiven of ALL our sins, once and for all.
After salvation, Paul reminds us of Christ's complete and final victory over sin when God makes us alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.
He wanted his friend to apply grace and forgiveness eagerly... not reluctantly or begrudgingly.
Before beginning his appeal for mercy, which restated several Christian doctrines on grace, forgiveness, servanthood, and our imputed righteousness by faith in Christ, Paul reminded Philemon of their own, close Christian intimacy and the mutual love and respect they had for one another, For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
Let us testify of the joy that could be theirs in Christ and warn of the wrath to come and the eternal sorrow that awaits those who refuse to believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
It opens with David considering how blessed are those whose transgression are forgiven and whose sin is covered, How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, he writes, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!
Christ prayed to the Father, and pleaded forgiveness for those who crucified Him, for they know not what they do, while it is to Jesus, his Lord, Saviour, and intermediary, to Whom Stephen interceded when he fell on his knees and prayed with a loud voice, Lord, do not charge them with this sin, before he 'fell asleep'.
We notice an incredible contrast between the venomous fury of the angry, murderous Jews, who were cut to the heart when they heard Stephen proclaiming the truth and gnashed on him with their teeth... and Stephen who, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven and seeing the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of the Father, fell asleep - after having prayed for his murderer's forgiveness.
Only the spilt blood of the Lord Jesus Christ was sufficient to satisfy God's righteousness judgement on sin, death, and hell, and permit forgiveness to flow from His pure heart of love to all who would believe on His name.
The price He paid for our forgiveness was His own precious BLOOD so that we could be forgiven forever of ALL our sins and receive eternal life as a free gift of HIs grace.
and the Church today, was to be founded on the spiritual work we are called to carry out - work that is to be accomplished in the lives of lost sinners who are dead in their trespasses and sins, estranged from God and facing eternal separation from Him - so that they might hear the good news of the gospel of grace, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, become a new creation in Him - and receive forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
Peter had witnessed John the Baptist delivering the same message of repentance to the same lost sheep of the same house of Israel - proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
and turn from Your sin and be baptised in the waters of baptism, for the forgiveness of sin.
Both John and Peter knew that simply believing on the God of their fathers and the Holy Spirit was not enough for the forgiveness of Israel's sins..
The men of Israel were also to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ if their sins were to be forgiven..
What a travesty that in certain quarters there is a teaching that insists that the forgiveness of sins can only be attained through the waters of baptism, when the only full and final price for the sin of the world was poured out in blood on Calvary's cross.
Some anonymous believer in Christ must have been responsible for teaching the people in Rome about the death, burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins for all who believe on His name.
It is by grace that the Holy Spirit is in the world today, convicting the sinner of sin and righteousness and judgement so that by grace through faith in Christ that sinner may become a saint - so that the man who is dead in trespasses and sins and at enmity with God may be become His child, receive forgiveness of sin and gain peace with God - for the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men.
ALL the sins of the entire human race, along with our twisted and corrupt inherited sin-nature – ALL forgiven.
But those who believe that the LORD has laid on HIM the iniquity of us all, are not only forgiven forever and given eternal life, but the Lord has laid on US the unsearchable riches of His grace and clothed us in His robe of righteousness.
This psalm, where David cries out to God for forgiveness of his sins, has demonstrated the importance and wisdom of confessing our sins - particularly our post-salvation sins - for in so doing we are immediately returned into a right relationship with the Father: For IF we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
There are many recorded instances of James and Christ's other siblings, mocking the Lord Jesus and even labelling Him as a crazy in His humanity, saying, He has lost His senses. But as Jesus pointed out, the one who is forgiven much is the one who becomes the most devoted.
For by the first man - Adam, came sin, death, and eternal separation from God, but by the second Man, the Last Adam - Jesus Christ the righteous, came life and light, forgiveness, eternal peace on earth, and goodwill with God for men who believed - for as in Adam all DIE, so also ALL those that are positioned IN Christ, by faith, will be made alive.
May we always remember that God's delay is often a demonstration of the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience, toward carnal Christians, as well as lost sinners - which is leading many to repentance and salvation... for the forgiveness of sin, and security in Christ.
Although God is our great Provider Who supplies all our bodily needs and the daily necessities of life according to His great goodness, His greater provision is the gracious offer of the salvation of our soul, the redemption of our body, the forgiveness of our sin, and life everlasting.
We are credited with righteousness, our sins are forgiven, and we are given eternal life, when we believe in Jesus as our heaven-sent Kinsman-Redeemer.
As bond-servants of Christ, we are given a valuable list of how we should live, having put off our old selves and put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. We are exhorted to put off falsehood and speak truthfully; steal no longer but instead work and share; speak helpful and wholesome words; get rid of bitterness, anger, and slander and in their place put forgiveness, kindness and compassion.Paul rejoiced to be a prisoner of the Lord, not for any wrong that he had done, for all sin and every sin was forgiven at the Cross, but for the sake of the Lord Jesus Who loves us and gave Himself for us.
He fastens the confidence we have in Christ to His finished work at Calvary, which secured our forgiveness of sin, our eternal future, and our confident access into the throne-room of grace and restored fellowship with the Father.
It means that His resurrected Life became our new eternal, resurrected life, and we became part of a new and perfect creation IN Him - simply by God's grace, through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of His only begotten Son, for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.
All who have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting are one with Him, identified with Him, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, for we are part of His Body - not only in this world but also in the ages to come.
The pedigree of a circumcised Jew did not exclude him from the need of forgiveness - neither did the ungodly behaviour of an immoral man, the sanctimonious stance of the respectable person, or the generosity of a philanthropic person.
Rather, let us rejoice that God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay the price for our sin so that by faith in Him alone we can be forgiven and declared righteous - for the glory of God and our eternal good.
Like the rich man, and all who do not believe on Jesus for the redemption of their soul, the same place of torment and Great White Throne judgement awaited these proud, religious Pharisees - if they refused to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sin.
But no matter the reason for a man's enslavement... when a slave was called by the Lord and trusted in Christ's sacrificial death and glorious resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, that man or woman became the Lord's freedman.
Luke reminds us in Acts, that, He Who came from heaven and became a man is the One whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Saviour, to grant repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins to all who believe.
He is the unique Man, the incarnate Word of God, Who has secured for us the forgiveness of sin, life everlasting, an eternal inheritance..
We are not required to ascend the mountainous track to Jerusalem, thrice yearly to plead for forgiveness and mercy, for we have the Spirit of God residing forever in our hearts and by the sacrifice of Christ's blood, we have access into the holy throne-room of God every moment of the day.
The full and final sacrifice for ALL sin was paid at the Cross, and although past, present, and future sins of Christians are forgiven forever - one single sin removes us from fellowship with the Father.
He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, and we who have had our sins forgiven have been reconciled to God through Christ. We have been reunited with God by grace - through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
But despite repenting of their sin, many had yet to believe on Christ for the forgiveness of those sins, and life everlasting.
Repenting of sin and believing on Christ for the forgiveness of sin are two sides of the same coin, that are conjoined and can not be separated.
but like that little faithful band of Jews who had received John's baptism of repentance - we are to believe on Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting - remembering that repenting of our sin and believing on Christ for the forgiveness of sin are two sides of the same coin - that are conjoined and cannot be separated.
He must increase and I must decrease, were words that were not only spoken by this 'voice' in the wilderness, but were carried out in his life as John testified that Jesus is the Son of God - the Lamb Who was revealed to the world at the proper time - Who came to live a perfect life, die a sacrificial death, provide forgiveness of sin, and give assurance of the eternal life to ALL who believe in Him.
In former times, an annual atonement was made for the sin of the nation, where the blood of animals covered the sin of the people for a single year. And yet through the sacrifice of His life, Christ Jesus obtained eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting for all who would believe in Him.
In Luke's Gospel, the Lord Jesus was seen to wear His own humanity in a human body, while in the book of the Acts, the Lord Jesus clothed His activity and actions with the humanity of forgiven sinners who were redeemed by His blood and indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God.
When we believed in Christ as Saviour, our sins were forgiven, and we were declared righteous before God, for when we trusted Christ we were immediately given a new spiritual birth, a new spiritual life in Him, by means of the Holy Ghost.
When we are recipients of God's grace - by faith, we have access to God's peace - peace WITH God because our sins are forgiven and the peace OF God which guards our hearts as we rest and remain, in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is imperative that we maintain an ever-open channel of communication between ourselves and our Heavenly Father, and when that channel of communication is closed, it is not the fault of our Father but our own, for sin in its many guises and disguises is the single cause that keeps sinful man from a holy God and keeps a forgiven sinner from his Heavenly Father.
Praise God that the glory of the Cross includes Christ's resurrection from the dead, as well as his death on the Cross... for God raised Him from the dead so that all who trust in Him for the forgiveness of sins would not perish, but receive His everlasting life.
Oh, the Cross gave forgiveness of sins, but the Resurrection broke the power of sin and death that reigns in the mortal body of fallen man so that we too may rise to newness of life, in Christ: That I may know this mighty power of Christ's Resurrection.
We are not told in this Psalm that David's punishing circumstances were a result of sin - even though the king considered this must be the reason for his chastening and sought forgiveness from the Lord.
He was to be used to bring people from the dominion of Satan into the family God, so that sinners may be sanctified by faith in Christ, receive forgiveness of sins, and a heavenly inheritance.
Surely, if a man like Saul with such aggressive hatred against Christ and the Church could become the most devoted follower of the Lord Jesus, others can have the assurance that their sin can also be forgiven - by grace through faith in Him.
Surely, if Paul's mercilessly slaughtering Christians and incarcerating men, women, and children in prison can be forgiven by God - there is no sin too great that cannot be forgiven... except for the sin of UNBELIEF.
Jesus explained that a true disciple not only believes in Him for salvation and the forgiveness of sins, but also trusts Him to break the power of sin in their lives by denying themselves, taking up their cross, and following after Him.
Just as the sinner is to rest in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, so the saint is to rest in Christ Jesus for their deliverance from sin.
We are now under grace; forgiven by God; accepted in the Beloved; covered in Christ's righteousness and freed from the power of sin and the curse of the Law because we DIED and our life is hid with Christ in God.
For it pleased the LORD to crush Christ Jesus and to put Him to grief so that He would be the guilt offering - the sin offering - the blood-sacrifice - the innocent Lamb of God through Whom man individually and humanity collectively could have forgiveness of sins, by faith: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes on His name would not perish but have everlasting life.
Christ died to pay the price for sins committed in our lives so that we might be forgiven, and Christ rose again the third day to break the power of sin in our lives so that we may live the rest of our Christian life free from the powerful strangle-hold of sin within our hearts.
Instead of facing God's justified wrath and eternal indignation, grace and peace has been multiplied to us, by faith in Christ Jesus our Saviour, and in Him we have been forgiven of our many sins and reckoned by our Heavenly Father as righteous.
The healing that flows from His nail-pierced hand is a streaming flood of forgiveness and grace, that is as effective today as it was on that day when His hands were wounded for our transgressions and He took the full force of God's wrath upon Himself, in our stead.
The parable of the prodigal son is connected to a section that contrasts the rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that cries out to God for the forgiveness of sin, with the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees of Christ's day who trusted in their own righteousness and were blinded to the reality of their sins.
Both the prodigals and the Pharisees grieved their Heavenly Father, and both were in need of His gracious forgiveness.
There is rejoicing in heaven when an unsaved sinner believes on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin - but there is also rejoicing when a child of God, who has been dazzled by the things of this world, comes to their senses and confesses their sin to the Lord.
Sadly, the very Nation who had been chosen by God tell the world the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God, had to be replaced - for a season - by those who believed in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of their souls and the forgiveness of sin.
Israel were to turn back to the GOD of Israel through John's Baptism of Repentance and Israel as a nation, were to believe on Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting - and by so doing they too would be baptised by the Holy Spirit into Church, which is the Body of Christ, and they would receive the indwelling Spirit of God, as promised of old, at God's appointed time - (Pentecost).
They were born-again into the family of God and baptised into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit - and these men of Israel demonstrated their trust in the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and life-everlasting by going through the waters of baptism.
It was the outward participation in a ceremony that praised God for His greatness, or petitioned Him for the forgiveness of trespasses and sin.
Not only did the shed blood of Christ bring forgiveness of sin and life everlasting, but returns us into fellowship with the Father, when we confess our wrongdoing - for He is our Mediator and great High Priest, Who intercedes between man and God.
And although obedience to parents is not a ticket to salvation, (for children must trust in Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of sins) - it is the Lord Who ordained that parental obedience in a godly home is the best forum to teach our offspring the important things of life... which will provide them with a long and productive life and a lifelong reverence for the Lord our God.
and the simple answer was, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. He was to believe on the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, the salvation of the soul, and life everlasting.
His convicting work is to bring a sinner to a realisation that sin separates them from God, and that only through Christ can they receive forgiveness of sins and life-everlasting, for only by faith in Christ can an unrighteous sinner be declared righteous in the eyes of God.
The Spirit came to convict unbelievers that there is no merit in and of themselves, for it is only by grace through faith in Christ that man can be forgiven of their sins and covered in His cloak of righteousness.
Praise God that we have come to a saving knowledge of our Saviour Jesus Christ, and we pray that many who have not known Christ as Saviour and received the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting are convicted of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement in the days that lie ahead - before it is too late.
We who were dead in trespasses and sins and without hope in the world have been covered with His love, forgiven of our sins, saved by grace through faith in His only begotten Son, in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, accepted in the Beloved, given an eternal inheritance and are today..
From Genesis to the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are presented with God's gracious, redemptive programme for fallen man, as recorded in the Bible - that Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture, that He was buried, and rose again according to the Word of Truth so that whosoever believes on Him would not perish and pass away - as the grass in the field, but would receive the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
Salvation is often an umbrella term and covers justification, forgiveness, sanctification, glorification, redemption, reconciliation, and propitiation.
Reading through this magnificent treatise, one is increasingly aware of the sinfulness of man, the terrible consequences of sin, the need for forgiveness, our lack of righteousness, a stark realisation that all are guilty - Jew and Gentile alike, and judgement and punishment is God's only recourse to sin.
Forgiveness, redemption, and the impartation of God's righteousness on a guilty sinner, rests on faith alone, and Paul points out the inability of the Mosaic Law or any legalist practice to restore a guilty sinner into fellowship with the Father.
He explains how our present suffering and future glory links in with God's sovereign redemptive plan to grant forgiven sinners eternal security and to make us into a new creation in Christ.
He taught us to depend on Him implicitly for all our physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, and to seek His forgiveness of our sins as we reflect His forgiving nature in all our interactions with others.
Paul knew the horror of the domain of darkness from which we all have been redeemed and like these dear believers in Colossae, we too have been saved from the wrath to come and brought into the kingdom of God's dear Son - in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Like them we too have been redeemed from the slave-market of sin - we too have been forgiven of our sins by grace through faith in Christ's sufficient sacrifice on Calvary's cross.
He has not only redeemed us from a lost eternity but has also forgiven us of our trespasses, past, present and future..
Praise God for Jesus Christ, our kinsman.Redeemer, in Whom we have redemption - the forgiveness of sins.
so that by grace through faith in His death, burial and resurrection we might be forgiven of our sins; be brought back into fellowship with our heavenly Father and be given God's life, light, love and compassion in our heart, as we abide in Him and He in us.
There was a time when Christians were not a special group of people but because of our faith in Christ, we have become the people of God and obtained His mercy and grace, His love and forgiveness. (We have not replaced Israel, who are still God's chosen people and there will come a time, yet future, when the plans of God will return to dealing specifically with the nation of Israel.)