“FORGIVENESS” PART 2.

Please read: Matthew 5:43-48.No book except the Bible teaches that God completely forgives sin Psalm 51:1, 9; Isaiah 38:17; Hebrews 10:17.

The initiative comes from Him John 3:16; Colossians 2:13 because He is ready to forgive Luke 15:11-32. He is a God of grace and pardon Nehemiah 9:17; Daniel 9:9.

Sin deserves divine punishment because it is a violation of God’s holy character Gen. 2:17; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Peter 1:16, but His pardon is gracious Psalm 130:4; Romans 5:6-8.

In order for God to forgive sin, two conditions are necessary. A life must be taken as a substitute for that of the sinner Leviticus 17:11, 14; Hebrews 9:22, and the sinner must come to God’s sacrifice in a spirit of repentance and faith Mark 1:4; Acts 10:43; James 5:15.

Forgiveness in the New Testament is directly linked to Christ Acts 5:31; Colossian 1:14, His sacrificial death on the cross Romans 4:24, and His resurrection 2 Corinthians 5:15.

He was the morally perfect sacrifice Romans 8:3, the final and ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament sacrifices Hebrews 9:11-10:18. Since He bore the law’s death penalty against sinners Galatians 3:10-13, those who trust in His sacrifice are freed from that penalty. By faith sinners are forgiven “justified”in Paul’s terminology Romans 3:28; Galatians 3:8-9. Those who are forgiven sin’s penalty also die to its controlling power in their lives Romans 6:1-23.

Christ’s resurrection was more than proof of His deity or innocence; it was related in a special way to His forgiveness. Christ’s resurrection was an act by which God wiped out the false charges against Him; it was God’s declaration of the perfect righteousness of His Son, the Second Adam, and of His acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice 1 Timothy 3:16.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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