The Blessing of Forgiveness

Luke 24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness is when God will not count our sins against us. In the Bible, the word actually means to be pardoned.  Rom 4:7  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Rom 4:8  blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”   

What is sin?   Sin is any time we break the law of God. For instance, have you ever told a lie? We all have. The lie that we told is a sin because it breaks the Ninth Commandment, Exo 20:16  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  Any time we break any commandment, it is sin.  We all have done this. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 

Why do we all need Forgiveness? We need forgiveness because God is a righteous judge, who will judge each man according to their deeds. Psa_7:11  God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.      Eze_18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.  Rev_21:8  …and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

What did God do about sin?  Because he loves his people, God sent his son, Jesus Christ, who was God, into the world, to become a man, to live a perfectly obedient life, and then to die for the sins of his people. He was crucified, died, and on the third day was raised from the dead.   Joh_3:17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.   1Ti_1:15  The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. Heb_4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.      Mat 27:35  And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.    Mat 27:50  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.   Mat 28:5  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.   Mat 28:6  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.  2Ti 2:8  Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,

How is a person forgiven?  A person is forgiven, not just of one sin, but every sin committed, when he or she believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Act_13:38  Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man (Christ) forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,  Act_10:43  To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved from your sins.   The one who believes, is forgiven and saved from judgment.  Joh 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Joh 3:18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.   Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  Joh 3:15  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

What must a person do to be saved? He or she must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Act 16:30  Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”   Act 16:31  And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”    Joh 3:36  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved; you will be fully, finally and forever forgiven!

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