GRACE 106: FORGIVENESS 


 
Question: Was Jesus ever tempted when He was on earth?
Answer: Yes. Yes, He was. 
The Bible says that He [Jesus] was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Yes, Jesus also saw the pretty Hebrew girls and had His urges stirred up. Yes, He was also tempted by riches just as we are (He was the son of a carpenter… I do not know about you but that does not exactly scream life of luxury to me.)

Yet in the face of all these, Jesus was without sin. Now as believers, we are called to perfection. To live as Christ did. If we are honest to ourselves, we would admit that we do not always live the life that is worthy of our calling unto perfection. 
God knows that even though we are not perfect, we are getting there. A perfect example of this is a baby learning to walk. They stumble along on their chubby, little legs then they fall. A child will fall down many, many times before finally learning how to walk. To cover for these stumbles along the way, God includes a little element His covenants called FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is an attribute of God that allows Him to not hold our shortcomings against us. To invoke God’s forgiveness, a sacrifice must be presented unto him. The presented sacrifice serves are a propitiation for the sin. 

1 John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins ofthe whole world.

Under the covenant of Grace, Jesus Christ is our sacrifice! He is such an awesome sacrifice that, He serves as propitiation for not just our past sins, but also our present and future sins. Not only that, this sacrifice caters for the sins of the whole world. For God so loved the world… not just the potential Christians, the whole world. 

We need to understand that we were forgiven when we received Christ, we stand forgiven now and are forever forgiven! Hallelujah!! 

There are a few misconceptions of forgiveness that need to be cleared up. 

1. We must feel forgiven. We did not feel saved when we got born again so why do we need to feel forgiven when receive forgiveness? The same way we believe in the Lord’s salvation, so must we believe in His forgiveness. They are a package deal. You cannot have one without the other. 
2. We must always confess all our sins every time we sin. Normally people quote 1 John 1:9 to support this view. 

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 

In John’s first letter it is intriguing to note that he addresses his children in the second chapter. So who was he talking to? It certainly could not be the believers because he (the spiritual father) addresses his children in the second chapter. 

Theologians say that the first chapter was written to combat certain doctrines were circulating in Christian circles at the time; “Jesus did not really come to earth”, “There’s no such thing as sin”… etc. Essentially, John is saying, ” You’re saying Jesus didn’t really come to earth? Dude I was so there. Touched Him and everything(1 John 1:1-3). And you’re saying that there is no sin? Sorry to break it to you, bro but sin is real (1 John 1:8).”

So what does John say to his children, we the believers? If any man sin, we have an advocate… It is amazing how John tells the man who has sinned to look to our advocate in heaven, our High Priest, Jesus. That’s right! When you sin, look to Jesus and remember that He is the propitiation for our sins! We stand forgiven! Hallelujah! When we sin we can just say, “Father, I have fallen short but I thank You for Your forgiveness that Christ has made available.” 

Hebrews 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Forgiveness has already been made available, it is up to us to receive this free gift of God.
Shalom
George Jr.

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