|written by Pastor David Wood|
"For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee." Psalm 86:5
As Christians, we have the
sweet privilege to participate in God's unconditional forgiveness. When
a person understands the Biblical teaching on God's forgiveness there
is great liberty and freedom added to the life. One who experiences
God's forgiveness gains the ability to forgive others who've wronged
him. God in His forgiveness ceases to feel resentment; He pardons; He
grants relief from the payment of our debt.(1)
What God does for us, we are to do for others.
"Yet after all that, God still cared enough about Adam and eve to slay an animal and make garments of skin to cover their nakedness and hide their shame (Gen. 3:21). Although their sin was not taken away, it was covered until something permanent could be done. When an animal was slain to provide the skins for Adam and Eve, a sacrificial system was begun. It was a system that would allow God and His people to have fellowship once again."(2)
1. Who can forgive my sins?
God alone can forgive sins.
Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Forgiveness is God's prerogative alone. As sinners we broke the law of God, therefore, only God can forgive us. Jesus Christ, being God in the flesh, has the right to forgive sin. That was the motivating purpose in his life, death, and resurrection.
2. What is the basis for
forgiveness? The Blood of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
3. What is the extent of
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.
When God forgives sin He
remembers them no more!
Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
4. How many times will God
forgive? As often as we ask.
It's important to note that we must repent when we ask for God's forgiveness. We presume too much when we expect God to forgive us if we are unwilling to turn from the sin.
5. How can I know I have forgiveness from God?
*Repent of sin.
*Believe that God will forgive
*Confess your sin to God.
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive
men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
(1) Jack and Carole
Mayhall, Marriage Takes More Than Love (Colorado Springs, CO:Navpress,
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