January 21st 2010

Accept The Gift Of Forgiveness

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
Luke 23:34 (KJV)

Forgiveness of sins is one of the great themes of the Bible. There is so much that scripture says about it that it would take volumes of books adequately to deal with the subject. It will suffice to say that the blood of Jesus is what provided us with forgiveness of sins. That sacrifice was so great that it outweighed all our sins. It covered all the sins of the world-past, present, and future.  All our sins: past, present, and future were forgiven through the one offering of Jesus. If God can’t forgive future sins, then none of us can be saved because Jesus only died once, nearly 2,000 years ago, before we had committed any sins. All our sins have been forgiven.

The forgiveness of our sins is not the ultimate goal of our salvation. It is just a necessary step. The real goal of salvation is relationship with God, and sin is a barrier to that relationship. So it had to be dealt with, and it was, through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who stop with the concept of forgiveness of sins and don’t go on to link with it that of eternal life are missing the heart of salvation. Our sins have been forgiven so that we may enter into intimacy with the Lord.

It is through the riches of God’s grace that we have received forgiveness for our sins. There is nothing we can do to obtain forgiveness except humble ourselves and receive forgiveness as a gift through faith in Christ.

Prayer

Father God, help us to realise that we cannot earn forgiveness, that it is a gift that we can only receive through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

Study by Allan Frankcom

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